Egypt’s World No.49 Farida Mohamed claimed the biggest win of her career as she came from two games down against New Zealand’s World No.6 Joelle King at the CIB Black Ball Squash Open to reach the last 16 of the PSA Platinum event.
The 18-year-old Egyptian was staring down the barrel of defeat as No.6 seed King started the game well, looking relaxed and focused to take a two game lead.
Mohamed began to show glimpses of her skills at the end of the second as she saved five game balls, but it wasn’t until the third where the Egyptian came out firing to unsettle the New Zealander.
The Egyptian youngster stepped onto court with much more positive body language and was able to hit some impressive winners as she got a foothold back into the game.
Pressure continued to build on King in the fourth with Mohamed having a revived sense of confidence of court as she took advantage of a lacklustre King, who also suffered an early round exit at the Windy City Open in Chicago, to draw level.
Mohamed once again led in the fourth, however, some errors crept in and King was able to fight back to look as though she would prevail in a tight fifth game, but Mohamed rallied back once more and with King serving out on match ball was able to close out 5-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 in 49 minutes.
Mohamed will face the winner of France’s Coline Aumard v Egypt’s Salma Hany for a place in the quarter finals.
“I was trying to calm the game and I didn’t believe that I could win after being two games down,” said Mohamed.
“At the beginning, I didn't think I could win the match, I saw her as Joelle King, and didn't really play my best, was a bit afraid to ask for lets, etc. and gave a bit too much respect.
“But in the second, I was down 10-2, and I only lost 11-7, which gave me a lot of confidence. I thought it's not that hard. But most of all, what helped me was that 2-0 down I was not tired, neither mentally nor physically. And so, I knew I could push.
“It’s great having the crowd today, it was great to have my coaches with me today and thanks to them for everything.”
Farida Mohamed (EGY) bt  Joelle King (NZL) 3-2: 5-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (49m)