R2: Joelle 3-0 Emily, Nouran 3-0 Mariam, Nele 3-2 Farida

[5] Joelle King (NZL) 3-0 Emily Whitlock (WAL) 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 (31m)
[1] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-0 Mariam Metwally (EGY)  11-7, 11-7, 11-6 (28m)
Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-2 Farida Mohamed (EGY)  11-7, 6-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-4 (48m)


“It’s a good start for the tournament. I’m always excited to get back to play the Egyptian Open, one of the biggest events in the year, and one of my favourites so I’m very happy to be back.

“Finishing in three is always a good thing. I’m happy with it – I was getting used to the court and it felt good out there. I’m really excited (for the third round), I think I’m playing Tinne who’s a really good player in form and I’m looking forward to it.”


“I’m really happy with that. Emily is always a tough opponent and you can never take your foot off the glass for even a second because she’s got such good squash and punishes you. I thought I did a really good job, apart from the mid-to-end of the first where I lost a bit of concentration. I’m really happy I think, for a first match of the season.

“With the Commonwealth Games you see a lot of Commonwealth players struggle with the first tournament after such a big event and I pulled out of two tournaments with injury and I think actually it was a bit of a blessing in disguise as it helped me get ready for the season.

“It’s probably the most relaxed I’ve felt in some time. I think the Commonwealth Games was in the back of my mind for the last two years or so leading in and now that that’s gone I feel just a little bit lighter and like a bit of pressure’s gone. I was enjoying playing today and I enjoyed my block of training before the start of the season and I want to carry that on for my matches. I look forward to playing tomorrow.”


“I have mixed feelings about that. I’m proud of myself, mentally, for pulling through that match but I didn’t enjoy a second of it because it was so physical and not how I want to play squash.

“I’m just going to erase it from my mind and focus on my next match and I’m sure the match against Hania is going to be a good, clean battle.”