Gohar captures Windy City Open title in three
Nouran Gohar celebrates her title win
In a nervy opening game, both players displayed signs of being overwhelmed by the occasion. Several uncharacteristic errors plagued the Egyptians. It was El Hammamy who moved ahead, setting up three game balls to take an all-important 1-0 lead. Gohar battled back however and managed to disrupt the rhythm of Hammamy, taking the game 15-13 in 23 minutes.
An equally competitive second game followed as both players used their power to great effect, setting up attacking opportunities with the terrific weight of shot. At the business end of the game, it was Gohar was more positive and took a massive 2-0 lead winning 11-9.
Hania El Hammamy came out fighting in the third game and threw everything she had at the World No.2, but it wasn’t enough to stop Gohar from earning her 15th PSA Tour title and becoming the 2022 Windy City Open Champion.
“Wow that was tough, that was really tough,” admitted Gohar.
“I know we’ve been playing for over an hour and Hania was retrieving everything and it was very tough out there and I’m glad I didn’t drop a game in this tournament. I can’t really believe it, the first time I came to Chicago I was 15 and I was in qualification on the traditional courts, I was just dreaming to be on the glass court, not even to win and now 7/8 years later I’m winning the event. It’s huge for me.
“Yeah I twisted my ankle then I’ve been coming back strong. I just try my best every game and fight until the end even if I lose the game I want to make it tough for the other player and yeah that’s how I play and think and I’m glad it worked out in this event.”
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt  Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-0: 15-13, 11-9, 11-8 (62m)
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