SF : Gohar 2-1 King

[3] Nouran Gohar (Egy) 2-1 [7] Joelle King (Nzl)    11-2, 10-12, 11-6 (46m)

To be honest, I didn’t see Nouran play that well for a long time in the first game. She just outplayed Joelle in all departments, 8/0, 10/1, 11/2 in 8m, the power coming from the racquet of the Terminator absolutely blustering.

All credit to Joelle to come back as she did in the second, not a point between them from 2/2 to the end of the game, 9/9. A huge scream from the Kiwi as she scored a splendid kill drive, 10/9 game ball. The first one was not enough, she needed a second one, 11/10, that she took on a stroke, confirmed, 12/10. 20m game.

Nour gave away 5 points in the game (2 errors, 3 strokes). Joelle, only 3 (3 strokes as well).

The Kiwi looked very good at the start of the third, 3/0. Nouran found the same power in the racquet she had in the first game, and it was nail bitting till 6/6, not a point between them.

Joelle, truly unhappy with Nour’s movement, telling the ref she was blocking her, and even finding herself on the floor after a vigorous contact! From 6/6, it was all about Nouran though – at 9/6, another heavy contact from Nouran’s raquet to Joelle, and an error at 10/6, match to Nouran 11/6, last game 16m.

Well… I’m not sure those two will go and spend their summer holiday together… In other words, no love lost on there tonight….

I felt I was playing well this tournament and actually the last few times we have played each other, I was not on my best form.

It was tricky here and it is my first time through to the final here at the World Tour Finals, so I am very happy to be through. I am glad I won today, for sure,”

I felt very comfortable and I knew it was very important to win the first game so I was very focused from the very beginning and I was really happy with the way I dealt with it.

Even in the second game, there were some decisions that didn’t go my way but I am just happy with the way I dealt with it in the third, kept my focus and I am happy to be through.