R3: Tinne strong against an in-form Nada

Tinne Gilis (BEL) 3-0 Nada Abbas (EGY) 12-10, 11-6, 11-4 (40m)

Loved the match.

Tinne, 24, ranked 13, in her 4th Gouna, was on fire tonight. And not just because it’s rather warm here. The Belgium didn’t make a single error the whole match, moving to perfection, and taking so much time away from her 22 years old 16WR opponent.

I am enjoying watching Nada a lot I have to say. She seems to come to life recently, and she throw it all to Tinne tonight, in a very fair yet contested match.

The first game on its own is a match, 17m of lovely crispy attacks from Nada, and superb court coverage from the Belgium. Nada only made two errors, while under a heck of a pressure, and managed to force a tie-break from 10/7 down, only bowing 12/10!

The second game is a bit more onesided, 4/0 Tinne, 8/3, 10/5, 11/6, still lots of work produced, 13m. A bit more errors coming from the racquet of the Egyptian, 4.

Not much left in the legs after losing the second one, but Nada never stopped working hard, but the score is sharp, 5/0, 6-1, 11/4 in 6m.

But I truly enjoyed what was on display. Nada is on the right tracks I feel, she has really improved recently. While Tinne is proving how dangerous she is at the moment…


“Obviously I had a very good win last night which was good for my confidence, I just needed a win like that, I guess.

“I came into this tournament very relaxed and I was very excited because I was here already for one and a half weeks. We did some good training, a good squad, a lot of fun things and that relaxed me a little bit.

“I was just very confident today. Nada has been playing very well lately, very good result at the World Championships two weeks ago so I knew it would be tough. I knew I had to focus from start to end, and I am pleased with how I did that today.

“I am just enjoying my squash so much. I was injured last year, I wasn’t out for too long but it just made me think a lot. I was just happy to aback on court and I told myself to enjoy my time on court, enjoy every day. Every day is different, even if I have a bad day, I can have a good day tomorrow. I am seeing very day as a new day, and a new start, and I am enjoying playing squash.”