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Ashour, Gohar and Gawad reach Hong Kong Open finals
Nicol David’s incredible 10-year unbeaten run at the Hong Kong Open came to an end at the hands of Nouran Gohar. The 18 year old world champion defeated her 33 year old opponent 3-1. Nouran won the first two games, 11-9 and 11-7 before losing 11-13 to Nicol David. The Egyptian bounced back to win 11-9 and seal the match.
Gohar was pleasantly surprised to reach the final, “I can’t believe it. It’s like a dream. I came here with no expectations and I just wanted to try and play well. So to be in the final is very pleasing.”
Her compatriot, Nour El Sherbini wasn’t as pleased after her semifinal match. The World Number one lost to, American, Amanda Sobhy. Sherbini lost 10-12, 5-11 and 6-11 to miss out on the Hong Kong Open Women’s Final.
In the Men’s semifinal, Ramy Ashour broke the hosts’ hearts by knocking out, home boy, Max Lee. Ashour gave Lee no chance; winning the tie 3-0. Ramy Ashour, who won the Hong Kong Open in 2012, was delighted to be in the final again.
“Last time I was here, I got kicked out of the quarter-finals, so to be in the final is a great feeling. Especially against a great opponent like Max, his squash is incredibly different and it took a lot out of me today.”
He will face his countrymate, Karim Abdel Gamal, in the final. Gamal beat Ryan Cuskelly of Australia in his semi-final match. The first two games ended in his favour before he dropped the third to set up a tense fourth game. Karim Gamal edged Cuskelly 12-10 to reach the final.