Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-1 Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 4-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-7 (42m)
World number one ranking is absolutely not in my mind. You know, it’s not like you can pinpoint that particular moment when you became number 1. It’s a long process, it’s something you earn on the long run.
I don’t think I have a problem really, I think I’m just trying to sort out a few things I’m not that comfortable with, I am not playing my best squash. I wanted to play Manchester but I couldn’t, so it’s been a while since I played, and at the start of the match, I was down (6/0), I was a bit nervous. You know, not only it’s been a long time but also, I left injured. Not that I am complaining, it’s just trying to explain how it worked in my head.
I was feeling well, after we started playing again, then I got injured, three weeks before Manchester, and I had to rest for 18 days, I couldn’t be ready for Manchester, and for the CIBFinals, I was 80%, which you cannot afford to be in that tournament!
I am trying to adapt to the WR1, it’s not easy. I admire what Raneem did for two years, the pressure that comes with the position, all the players are hungry, you cannot take anything for granted, and I really now realise how amazing what Raneem achieved is.