R3: Nouran in Terminator Mode

[1] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-0 Aifa Azman (MAS)  11-3, 11-4, 11-3 (28m)

Nouran might admire her opponent, but she didn’t let that get in the way of a good bashing/squash lesson!

I was a bit surprised by the number of lets the Malaysian ask, and kept thinking: play the ball? Also, she seems to stand extremely close to her opponent, and might get hit I fear if she keeps that position, but what do I know.

Nouran was not in Terminator mode, but in Exterminator mode! 7/0, 8/1, 11/3 in 6m, 3 no lets for the Malaysian, 4 errors.

The second is about the same, 4/0, 8/1, 9/3, 11/4. The points the 20 years old Malaysian got came from 3 strokes awarded to her and one error from Nouran, 11/4 Nouran in 10m.

Third, same difference, 8m for 3/0, 7/2, 11/3.

Nouran

“Aifa had a great match yesterday, coming from 2-0 and 10-6 match ball down. I think in my whole career, I have never done this!

“It’s an incredible fighting spirit and I just have so much respect to her. She is the only player on Tour who wears the hijab, which is unbelievable. I am just wearing this and I am really hot, so to wear that, she is sticking to her principles and her religion and that is something that I really admire and I really like.

“Besides this, she is an up-and-coming player, very talented for sure, so I had to be on my toes from the beginning.

“I knew she was skilful like all the Malaysian girls so I tried to extend the rallies as much as possible, use my experience on the glass court, use that to my advantage. I had to use that, to attack from the very first point, get my targets right and I was trying to be sharp today.”