Nouran Gohar 3-0  Olivia Fiechter (USA) 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 (36m)
Gohar reigns in the Queen City
World number two, CIB Nouran Gohar, was in a class of her own this week in Cincinnati as she claimed her first title of 2022 and the fourteenth of her career. The Egyptian’s movement and crisp, very firm ball striking, proved too much for each of her opponents on the way to her lifting the Gaynor Cup trophy.
Tonight’s opposition, USA’s Olivia Fiechter, had profited from the wheel of fortune to be playing for the championship, after saving match points in both the quarter and the semi-finals. The World number 11 did look the most likely to sneak a game off the top seed though, when taking a 7-2 lead in the third game after two uncharacteristic tins from Gohar. Maybe after breaking through everyone’s resistance with her power this week, she had decided to see if she could break our tins too!
The advantage was short lived though as Gohar won 9 of the next 10 points to clinch the title.
This was Nouran’s first tournament of 2022, part of her preparation for the Platinum event in Chicago in a few weeks. If her form here is any guide, she will be tough to stop and the possibility of recapturing the World number one spot later this year is a very real prospect. With the points from her final appearance, it looks like Oliva could make her first appearance in the elite World’s top 10 in March which would cap an already great start to the season.
 Nouran Gohar 3-0 Georgina Kennedy (ENG) 11-6, 11-3, 11-2 (30m)
 Nouran Gohar 3-0  Nele Gilis (BEL) 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (38m)
 Nouran Gohar 3-0 Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 (27m)
 Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-2 Zeina Mickawy 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 7-11, 13-11 (61m)
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) 3-1 Mariam Metwally 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4 (32m)
[9/16] Zeina Mickawy 3-1 Haley Mendez (USA) 11-8, 4-11, 11-7, 13-11 (37m)
Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) 3-0 Menna Nasser 11-2, 11-5, 11-6 (21m)
Rachel Arnold (MAS) 3-1 Farida Mohamed 15-13, 11-6, 11-13, 11-6 (48m)
[9/16] Mariam Metwally3-0 Tessa ter Sluis (NED) 11-6, 11-6, 11-0 (18m)
CIB Nouran Gohar Seeded First for February’s Gaynor Cup