Squash: Egypt's Gohar wins 2022 Windy City Open title

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 3 Mar 2022

Egyptian squash star Nouran Gohar won the 2022 Windy City Open title on Thursday after beating her fellow countryman and world number three Hania El Hammamy 3-0 in the final game.


The world number two Gohar needed 62 minutes to beat El Hammamy 3-0 (15-13, 11-9 and 11-8) in the women’s final of the Windy City Open.

“Wow, that was tough, that was really tough,” Gohar told reporters after the crown.

Gohar became the first female player since Malaysian legend Nicol David at the 2015 Hong Kong Open to win a Platinum event without dropping a game.

“I know we have been playing for over an hour; Hania was retrieving everything and it was very tough out there. I am glad I did not drop a game in this tournament,” she added.

“I cannot really believe it, the first time I came to Chicago I was 15 and I was in qualification on the traditional courts. I was just dreaming to be on the glass court, not even to win, and now seven or eight years later I am winning the event, it is huge for me.” The Egyptian squash star said.

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Paul Coll defeated Egyptian Youssef Ibrahim 3-2 (7-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9) to claim the men’s 2022 Windy City Open title also on Thursday.

Ibrahim, world number 17, had already beaten Mohamed ElShorbagy in the quarter finals and he followed up that win with a victory over two-time runner-up Marwan at the University Club of Chicago, winning 11-5, 6-11, 9-11, 11-1, 11-0 in a match that saw both players penalised with conduct strokes due to dissent.

“I expected the match to have a lot of mind games involved,” Ibrahim said, who is the first unseeded player to reach the Windy City Open finals since Pakistan’s Yasir Ali Butt in 2012.

“The last time we played, the same thing happened, and I unintentionally got dragged into his game. He is the best at playing that type of game, so I have to give this to him. I am happy that I dealt with it after the third game I lost,” the Egyptian squash player added.

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