World No.1 Nouran Gohar defeated fellow Egyptian Rowan Elaraby in straight games to ensure her progression to the quarter finals at the CIB Egyptian Open.
Gohar had to fight through the pain barrier as she overcame an ankle injury sustained at the start of the third game to dispatch fellow Egyptian Rowan Elaraby 11-4, 11-9, 11-5.
The 23-year-old, was wearing heavy strapping around her right ankle and looked set to retire from the match after a hurting it further at 2-1 down in the third game. But after some time off court to receive treatment, Gohar returned and put together a steely performance befitting of her ‘Terminator’ nickname to close out the win against all the odds.
She will face Belgium’s Nele Gilis for a place in the semi-finals.
“I thought my ankle was going to be worse actually,” said Gohar following her win.
“At first the feeling wasn’t very good, but I really wanted to play, so I think that helped a little bit to just not really think about it. I’m just glad I was able to keep going and not just pull out.
“It felt really great to be back here. I love this court, whether it’s at El Gouna or here, my first match on this court was at Wadi Degla and I have very good memories on the court, but put it in front of the Pyramids and it’s another thing. It’s just breath-taking, coming here and having the Pyramids in front of you while you are warming up, you just have to be really looking forward to the match.
“I’m happy with the way I played and the mental side was good today, so I’m really happy.”
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 11-5 (34m)