Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-0  Tinne Gilis (BEL) 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (30m)
Reigning women’s World Champion Nour El Sherbini put in an assured display to see off the threat of World No.13 Tinne Gilis in straight games. The pair’s previous two meetings resulted in epic five-game battles, with World No.2 El Sherbini narrowly getting the better of her Belgian opponent in the decider.
This time around, El Sherbini was in full flow as ‘The Warrior Princess’ nullified Gilis, who didn’t quite find her range at the front of the court.
Gilis also lacked the dynamism that she had displayed in previous matches against the former World No.1, and El Sherbini took full advantage to claim victory by an 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 scoreline.
“I’m glad she wasn’t on her finest form, everyone knows what happened in the last two meetings. I learned from those matches and tried to be prepared and mentally ready for this match. It was very important for me to win 3-0. I think the court suited me more, I was more comfortable and relaxed playing on this court today.
“It’s amazing to be here, it’s a very special event for me and having my family, my team and everyone coming to support me means a lot to me. It helps keep me motivated to win and I’m really happy to be playing at this venue, the new court by the museum.”