R1: Nouran Gohar 3-0 Emilia Soini

[3] Nouran Gohar (Egy) 3-0 Emilia Soini (Fin) 11-2, 11-2, 11-1 (30m)

Next opponent: Hana Moataz

Nouran :  “It’s always very tricky playing the World Champs. You want to be playing your best squash and peaking at the right time. Having a good start gives you a boost of confidence.

“There’s a lot of factors and playing here in Egypt and in my home club is a big thing for me and I wanted to put a good performance in for the crowd and from my career prospective there’s a lot of things going on and I have my whole family here so there’s big support. I’m very happy to get a good start, and hopefully, it will get better.

“When I reached the No.1 spot, I was the best player playing that consistently. Right now, I’m playing some of my best form, and I can’t take it for granted. I had this extra pressure two years ago, and I don’t want to repeat my mistakes again, and I’m not really thinking about it. It’s another tournament and another week, and hopefully, I can take every single match I play.”