R2: Nele/Lucy, Donna/OliviaC

[9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-2 Lucy Turmel (ENG)  10-12, 4-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-9 (75m)

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Belgium’s Nele Gilis came through an almighty battle with World No.23 Lucy Turmel as she came back from two games down to triumph in the longest women’s match of the tournament so far.

A narrow first game went the way of Turmel, and she looked to be on the verge of running away with the contest as she dropped just four points in the second game.

Gilis finally found her range in the third though and halved the deficit for the loss of two points, before displaying nerves of steel to wrestle back control of the match, eventually prevailing 10-12, 4-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-9 in 75 minutes.

Nele

“I came here with zero expectations.

“A week ago I didn’t think I would be able to play, so I was lacking some match fitness I felt in the first two, my legs were on fire. Then at 2-0 down, I had nothing to lose, so I just wanted to give it my all and see where that got me. Adrenaline helped me as well.

“If she was going to beat me, she would have to take it away from me, she would have to beat me. I am very proud of myself for this performance, it wasn’t my best but I did all I could do today and I’m so happy that I’m able to play on the glass court now.

“There is no pressure, I’m going to try and enjoy the occasion. It’s my first time in the last 16 in El Gouna, so I’m happy about that. Sometimes when you’re practicing you can play a lot of shots and then in matches, with the nerves, you can’t hit the shots you want to.

“So I’m going to go into it with almost a practice match mindset. Hopefully I’ll produce my best squash because that’s what I do in training. I just have to push through two more tournaments and then I can give my body a rest, I can rest mentally and see my family and actually give everything that happened in the last couple of months a place.”

Donna Lobban (Aus) 3-2 [9/16] Olivia Clyne (Usa) 11-8, 10-12, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7 (45m)

Donna

It was nice to get over the line tonight.

I feel there were plenty of matches where I haven’t performed as well as I know I can. Not sure why, I just didn’t put it together for a while. I’ve been playing in training, then I get to match day and you know, whether it’s nerves or, I don’t know, confidence…?

But today, I thought I played the best I’ve done in a while. Much better than yesterday, I was moving better, it felt good and I was not overthinking it, just playing freely, trying to enjoy it.

Also, I felt focused today.. Who am I playing tomorrow, I don’t know, I haven’t look at it yet…