Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-0 Joshna Chinappa (IND) 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 (34m)
Played in the utmost respect they have for each other, Nour could never relaxed, although she was rather comfy in the first game – Joshna coming from the traditional court, took a little 7m to get used to the court, as so often.
The second, Nour takes a good start , 5/2, but the rest of the game is neck to neck, 5/5, 6/6, 8/9, 10/8 Nour, 11/9 in 12m. The third is closer from the start, Joshna truly up for it and stepping beautifully up the court, finding her legendary boasts from all the positions in the court!
1/1, 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, 5/5, Nour up 9/6, Joshna not having it like the previous game, 8/9 but it’s the same ending, 10/8, 11/9 in 12m…
“Joshna played really well in the last two games and it was very close until the end, but I’m really happy that I closed it out.
“People have different styles, of course I’m glad that I have many shots that I can play, I always try to use them and try to improve these shots as much as I can. Hopefully next time it will work even better than today.
“Nour and Hania are two top Egyptian players and I’m sure they are going to have a tough match. I don’t mind playing either of them, so I just hope it will be a good match and I will wait for the better player tomorrow.”