Mickawy 3-2 Ibrahim

Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 3-2 [WC] Sana Ibrahim (EGY) 8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4 (55m)

Zeina Mickawy comes through a stern test against wildcard Sana Ibrahim …

I used to train with Omar Abdel Aziz, but because I live in Alexandria and he is based in Cairo, during the lockdown, it was very difficult to commute, so at the moment, I’m taking some time to just work on trying to be a bit on my own, it’s helping feeling more responsible and think by myself. I’ll work with one dedicated coach when I’m ready, at the moment, I’m playing with a lot of different players.

Today, I was up 8/2, feeling very comfortable, thinking I was doing well, and I missed a couple of shots. Suddenly, she changed her game completely, played some superb squash, and played a different game that she was playing from the beginning. I lost that game 11/8!

Losing that game made me lose confidence in my squash I think, even if I take the second game, I was not attacking, I was very passive, not taking my chances. I got better in the third, and felt a bit more confident.

But I know how the young Egyptians are, they are hungry, they just want to win, no matter who they are playing. And that’s what she did. She played very well, she was hungry, she didn’t stop trying.
It was a tough match for me, mentally. And I’m very glad I got through it.