R1 : Nada Abbas (Egy) 3-0 [wc] Nour El-Sharkawy (Egy) 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (19m)
Well, the Talent Factory hasn’t dried out yet. Yes, Nada was always going to win, if only on fitness grounds, but to be honest, I was pretty impressed with the game intelligence from the 17 years old, HR333!
The crowd was “toute entière à sa cause”, completely on her side, and although they were respectful in clapping Nada’s lovely shots – which she made many – they were loud and appreciative when Nour was showing what she can do with the ball.
Some lovely rallies, with Nada losing a bit of focus at times, to the greatest pleasure of the young challenger, and overall, a very pleasant match with a young lady we are sure to see again very soon IsA….
I think I played my best today, and all my friends and family came, and also family from my friends!
It’s my home club, everyone here supported me, so I’m really happy.
“They’re always fearless and want to win, so I’m really happy to be through and I’m looking forward to my next match.
“Two years ago, I was the young Egyptian, now I feel so old. It was really nice to play when we are young here, there is no pressure and you always want to play and enjoy it. It was a good feeling to be young.
“I’m not thinking about results, to be honest. I’m focusing on my performance so I can get better at every tournament. I’m taking it step by step and I’m looking forward to my next match, hopefully I play well.
“It’s really nice to have people that believe in me and support me here cheering me on. It always gives me a push, so I’m glad they’re here.”