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NOURAN GOHAR

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Nouran Gohar

Titles

  • 3x US Open (2019, 2021, 2022),

  • 2x Macau Open (2017, 2018),

  • Black Ball Open (2022),

  • British Open (2019),

  • Carol Weymuller Open (2020),

  • Cincinnati Gaynor Cup (2022),

  • DAC Pro Classic (2021),

  • Egyptian Open (2021),

  • Hong Kong Open (2016),

  • Tournament of Champions (2022),

  • South Western Open (2022), Windy City Open (2022),

  • World Tour Finals (2021),

  • 3x Women's World Team Champion (EGY - 2016, 2018, 2022),

  • 3x Egyptian National Champion (2017, 2021, 2022),

  • 2x World Junior Champion (2015, 2016)

 

Biography

Nouran Gohar is part of the formidable Egyptian generation which is establishing itself as a major force in world squash. She studied at the French high school in Cairo and obtained a scientific baccalaureate with honors, which allowed her to speak perfect French.

 

She won her first title at the Prague Open in December 2013 at the age of just 16 against Lucie Fialová. She obtained another title the following year at the Irish Open before her superb victory over Omneya Abdel Kawy in the final of the Monte-Carlo Squash Classic which allowed her to reach the top 20 for the first time. A quarter-final at the Texas Open in April 2015 secures her a place in the world top 15. Three months later, Nouran Gohar established herself as one of the best juniors in the world when she won the world junior championship, beating her compatriot Habiba Mohamed in the final. She beat Malaysian superstar Nicol David, then British Open champion Camille Serme in the China Open the following month and advanced to the final before losing to Raneem El Weleily. After reaching the same stage at the Macao Open, she joined the world top 10 in October 2015.

 

2016 saw Nouran Gohar reach a first World Series final by becoming the second-youngest British Open finalist of the modern era thanks to notable victories over Raneem El Welily and Camille Serme. Despite the loss to Nour El Sherbini, Nouran Gohar's good form continued at the world championship a month later, where she reached the semi-finals again losing to El Sherbini. She also retains her Junior World Championship title as well as her British Junior Open title. She won her first major title at the Hong Kong Open where she beat the American Amanda Sobhy in the final, after ending the series of 11 successive Hong Kong Opens won by Nicol David in the semi-finals. After a relative period of stagnation where she nevertheless remained in the top 10, she signed a major performance in April 2019 by eliminating the world champion and world No. 2, Nour El Sherbini during the platinum tournament El Gouna International before losing injured in the final against world No. 1 Raneem El Welily. She confirms the following month by taking her revenge in the quarter-finals of the British Open against this same player and winning in the final against Camille Serme. From the start of the 2019-2020 season, she won the platinum US Open tournament to become the youngest champion at 22. In July 2020, she became world No. 1 following the withdrawal of Raneem El Welily, a place she lost four months later when she lost in the Egyptian Open final to Nour El Sherbini. During the 2021-2022 season, she won four platinum tournaments in a row, closing in on world number one. It regains first place in the world in the April 2022 ranking.

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Word from Philippe Signoret

"Terminator" seems to be a male nickname and yet Nouran arriving on the circuit installed the power at the heart of the women's tour. Often compared to male strength, the Egyptian has added strings to her bow with more rhythm changes. Her pugnacity makes her an aggressive player who can quickly knock you out!

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