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Squash: Sherbini, Gohar march into Women’s World Championship last eight


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Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini and Nouran Gohar advanced on Sunday to the quarter-finals of the Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship held in Gouna, Egypt.

Defending World Champion Nour El Sherbini, who had claimed an easy 3-0 win over Canadian qualifier Samantha Cornett in the first round, reached the quarter-final after defeating Welsh Tesni Evans 3-0 (13-11, 11-4, 11-4). She will compete against English Sarah-Jane Perry on April 11 for a spot in the semi-final.

“The whole season hasn’t gone that well, so I’m just hoping that this tournament will go well,” El Sherbini told PSA World Tour.

“I’m trying to go through match by match without thinking a lot. Now I’m into the quarter-finals and I’m thinking ahead to the next round and that’s it.”

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After eliminating compatriot Nadine Shahin in the first round, World No.5 Nouran Gohar defeated Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb 3-0 (11-8, 12-10, 11-9) in 46 minutes to earn her spot in the quarter-final, where she’ll face eight-time World Champion Nicol David.

“It will be a tough match for sure [against David],” Gohar said.

“Nicol has so many titles, she’s a living legend and she’s my idol…To play against her is tough mentally and physically. I’m just going to enjoy it and hope that the crowd will be behind me.”

Egypt’s Raneem El Welily will play her second round match against United States No.2 Olivia Blatchford on Monday.

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