Egypt 3-0 Canada

Nour El Sherbini 3-0 Nikki Todd    11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (20m)
Nouran Gohar 3-0 Nicole Bunyan11-1, 11-3, 11-3 (18m)
Nour El Tayeb 3-0 Samantha Cornett 11-8, 11-1, 11-4 (19m)

If the second game saw Nouran in Terminator Mode, not giving Nicole a chance to even think about getting in the game, but still the Canadian finding her game a bit better as the match went along, the time for her to get used to the court conditions (glass) and facing the Terminator: 8/0 in the first game, then 5/0, then 3/0.

The third match, although a dead rubber was taken very seriously by both players. Hollie Naughton resting for this one, along with Hania El Hammamy, we had the number 4″s playing the last match of the tie.

Sam, 31, best WR29 (thanks Squashinfo), like Nikki in the first tie, was able to stay within reach in the first and last game, and a great atmosphere on court, and in the audience. Great for squash this…

Nour El Tayeb

I am trying to remind myself every day, I said to Ali a lot of times ‘is it worth it, what I’m doing?’. Thanks for reminding me what you feel I have accomplished. Engy the other day was reminding me the same way, I need that reassurance to keep me motivated, to keep me proud of myself.

You are right I don’t realise what I am doing really. I tried to look on the positive side of things, but the negative side for me was I was number 4 in the team yet again. But the good side is that I made it to the team.

“So it’s great. It’s a good week for me to play at that level again. You know I play every day with Nour, Nouran, Hania.

“I still have the fire because I feel I can still achieve more, you know what I want to achieve, of course. I think having a baby changed my approach and my perspective have changed a lot. Ove rthe last week, I realised that I am changing every day. It’s very nice, and I feel proud of what I have achieved for sure.

Engy Kheirallah

All the girls are in top form, whereas they are all coming from Hong Kong where they all had very tough matches. And their performances today were spot on.

In the pools sometimes, at the start of the competition, stay in there is not that easy, especially with the jetlag and the 4 events in a row, being consistent and not losing focus is much harder.

So we try and make sure that they would stay focused, and even the girl that wouldn’t have a match that day would still come and train with the others, to keep them going.

I am so happy with their performance, especially after Hong Kong and having 4 to 5 events in a row. Plus Hania has final University exams this week as well!