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Coline Aumard

Black Ball Open RD3: Aumard Reaches Maiden Platinum Quarter Final

France’s World No.36 Coline Aumard has reached her first ever PSA Platinum quarter final after beating Egypt’s World No.49 Farida Mohamed in straight-games at the CIB Black Ball Squash Open.

The two players enjoyed huge wins in the second round with Aumard taking out World No.13 Salma Hany and Mohamed claiming the biggest win of her career after she came from two games down against New Zealand’s World No.6 Joelle King.

The 30-year-old Frenchwoman, who was sporting heavy tape and bandages on her right leg, started the match confidently to take an 11-5 first game.

Mohamed began to mount a dangerous comeback in the second and held three game balls as the 19-year-old looked like she was going to draw level, but Aumard showed her focus as errors began to creep into the Egyptian’s game with Aumard taking a two-game lead on the tie-break.

The World No.36 once again extended her lead in the third, with a 4-0 advantage, before Mohamed was able to chip away at her to get back into the match with a number of referee decisions disrupting the flow of the game.

However, Aumard once again managed to hold her nerve, keeping her length and accuracy, to close out 11-5, 13-11, 11-7 and reach the quarter finals for the first time at a major event, where she will face either World Champion Nour El Sherbini or Nadine Shahin.

“I tried to forget who she was and which round I was in,” said Aumard afterwards.

“I just tried to focus on rally after rally because if I felt the pressure or thought I was going to win then that’s when I can make a mistake and maybe not play the game that I wanted to play.

“I’m really pleased that I could switch off from the pressure, but I kept it as a motivation. My aim today was to get my length. It's for me the key to the match. I focused on length and width, and when I didn't get it right, she was taking the point. I didn't care which side I was playing, though, it was just about accuracy at the back to prevent her any opportunities, in particular prevent her from playing her backhand drop shots.

“Farida is a player that I follow the results of, she came with her mum to my club in Annecy, and I have the upmost respect for her. I believe that she is going to be very good, and I have a lot of time for her and I love the fact she has her own game.”

Coline Aumard (FRA) bt Farida Mohamed (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 13-11, 11-7 (34m)

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