Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-1 Tinne Gilis (BEL) 11-3, 4-11, 11-7, 11-4 (40m)
Hania started the match with 35m in the legs, while Tinne had more than a 100. Maybe at the end, it could do a bit of difference, but what a start from the Gazelle. 9/0 and 11/3 in 7m…
Then again, it’s not like Tinne did much wrong in the whole match. One error in the first, one in the third, one in the fourth . Khalas. That’s it.
And in the second, she proved what she could do with the ball, changing her gameplan, taking the time away from the Egyptian, and it’s a bit of a reverse situation, 4/0 for Tinne, 10/2, 11/4; in 10m. She’ll be happy with that surely.
Another sort of one-sided game in the 3rd, Hania dominating 10/4, but Tinne finding some good shots at the crucial end of the game, 11/7 in 8m. But the last game is all about Hania, 4/0, 9/3, 11/4 in 8m.
Very fair squash, good rallies. What’s not to love.
“It was very entertaining, indeed. We both like to get the ball back and it’s always physical. We gave it our all today and I’m definitely pleased with the way I was able to change my game plan and find a way after she got the second.
“I feel with every round I’m improving and finding the right balance and right shots on court. Every court is different and Black Ball is such a bouncy court.
“Nour and Amanda are both incredible players. I enjoy watching and playing against them. Hopefully it’s going to be a good match, I’m going to watch it and get ready for tomorrow.
“I’m very grateful to have my family, my friends and my coaches here and I really appreciate their support.”