R2: Aifa/Zeina, Joelle/Sana, Olivier F/Nadine

Aifa Azman (MAS) 3-2 Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 7-11, 6-11, 13-11, 11-3, 11-7 (56m)


“I’m very happy with how I came back after being 2-0 down. Yesterday I had to wait an hour and a half to play my match and the same happened today because it was too long. I wasn’t ready for the match because I was sitting down and waiting for the previous match to finish. The first two games were very bad, but I’m glad I came back with a new game plan and stuck to that.

“I kept myself warm and told myself not to worry about her because it [the injury] was not my fault. I stayed focused and stuck to my game plan.

“I’m very excited to play Gohar because at the previous tournament I was supposed to play her in the next round, but I didn’t make it, so I’m very happy that I could win so I could play her. It’s my dream to play with her, she’s the World No.1, so I’m looking forward to playing her on the glass court.”

[5] Joelle King (NZL) 3-0 Sana Ibrahim (EGY) 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 (27m)


Last time I played Sana – first time I did actually – it was 3/1. She was my first round in Manchester, after I had an injury, I hadn’t played for a bit. She is young, she knows how to put the ball away, she took me a bit by surprise to be honest. So today, I was more prepared.

You know, it’s hard sometimes with some of the youngsters, you don’t know how they play, you don’t know what to expect. So playing her in Manchester helped me a lot today.

It’s been a long season, and when you are a top player, you hvae got to back it up. And sometimes, things don’t go to plan but how you come back from that, and that’s what I want to do in that tournament, to finish the season well.

[9/16] Olivia Fiechter (USA) 3-0 [9/16] Nadine Shahin (EGY) 12-10, 11-3, 11-5 (25m)


That was the first time I played Nadine, we trained once or twice together. I know she is a very aggressive player, who likes to at a pace. So I wanted to make sure I had a good warm up today and I was ready for that pace.

I was very happy with my performance and with the way I executed my game plan.

The first game, it was a bit back and forth, we were both feeling each other out, as you tend to do when you play a new person. After the first, I settled a bit more, and felt a bit more confident about my game.

I’m playing Joelle, I only played her once in my first ever season on the Tour. Really looking forward to play her, one of the top girls, she had a great season, it’s exactly the type of game I need to play and the kind of opportunities I want to create for myself.

She is the higher ranked player and has the experience, going to go out there and give it my all.