Article courtesy of the Women’s Squash Association.
Egypt’s former runner-up Omneya Abdel Kawy halted the advance of ‘giant-killer’ Nouran Gohar in the Wadi Degla Women’s World Squash Championship in Cairo when she beat her seventeen-year-old compatriot in the second round of the Women’s Squash Association championship at the Wadi Degla club in the Egyptian capital.
It was just twenty-four hours earlier that championship debutante Gohar despatched 2013 runner-up Nour El Sherbini, the event’s fourth seed, to create the opening round’s biggest upset.
But tenth seed Abdel Kawy (pictured above, left, with Gohar), losing finalist in the event’s last staging in Egypt in 2010, made sure of her place in the last eight by beating the teenager 13-11, 11-6, 13-11—saving three game-balls in the third—in thirty-eight minutes.
In her seventh appearance in the quarterfinals since 2005, the world No.10 from Cairo will face No.7 seed Low Wee Wern (below, right).
The world No.7 from Malaysia survived her second five-game marathon in two days when she outlasted unseeded Indian Joshana Chinappa 6-11, 11-3, 11-13, 11-7, 11-8 in sixty-four minutes to reach the last eight for the fifth time in a row.
The quarterfinal clash will mark only the third meeting of Wee Wern and Abdel Kawy’s careers—with their head-to-head poised at one-all.
“Omneya has one of the best hands of the circuit—it’s only going to get harder from here, ” said the twenty-four-year-old Malaysian.
Favorite Nicol David secured her anticipated place in the last eight—but only after being pushed for two games by English qualifier Emily Whitlock.
The twenty-year-old world No.29 led for virtually all of the first game, only to see David snatch it 12-10, and was 9-8 ahead in the second, which the world number one took 11-9. David dominated the third, closing out the match 11-1.
Bidding to win a record eighth title, David will face French rival Camille Serme in a repeat of their 2013 world championship quarterfinal clash.
Serme, the No.6 seed from Creteil, battled for fifty minutes to overcome Emma Beddoes, the sixteenth seed from England, 11-5, 11-13, 11-4, 11-4.
Both players commented on the match via Twitter: “Happy with my win 3-1 over a strong Emma Beddoes, ” said Serme. “Happy to make the quarterfinal of this world open.”
Beddoes was also upbeat: “My world champs are over as I lost 3/1 to Camille tonight. But what an amazing 2014 it’s been, now for Christmas!”
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