QF:  Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-1  Tesni Evans (WAL) 10-12, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (49m)
It was a strange first game though, as Hania seemed very comfy up 4/0, 9/4, only to lose the opener not able to close her game ball, thanks said Tesni, fighting for every point, and clinching it 12/10 in 12m.
The second is much closer up to 6/6, not a point between them up that then, but Tesni looking a bit late on the ball, and it’s 11/7 in 13m. The third is pretty onesided, 3/1, 7/3, 10/4, 11/5 in 9m, Hania freer than she was the game before. To be noted that up to then, Tes only made 1 error.
The fourth is close to the middle of the game, Hania’s camp is getting nervous, but but from 6/6 it’s all about Hania, who strings the next 5 points, 11/6, 11m.
That’s eight wins in a row for Hania at the CIB Black Ball Open. Anyone betting against her making double figures ? SC
I gave it everything I could today, I left it all out there. But Hania is quality, we saw her coming through and really being established in Black Ball back in March.
I’m definitely disappointed. I was trying to stick to my game plan – which was imposing my game, slower pace than hers, instead of playing fast pace. And I did that in patches, frustrating her and pushing a few errors out of her, but not long enough, not consistently enough. And then, she actually got quicker and faster!
First of all, I just want to recover for tomorrow’s match. Of course, while I am watching, I will be trying to figure out their weaknesses and that is something that I really have to do before playing anybody.
“I am coping with a foot problem and I am really happy that I managed to win in four. Tesni is a tough opponent, very talented, very tricky. I really had to stick to my game plan, try to not to run too much and I think in the first game, I was up and then I lost my focus and then she outplayed me.
Definitely a little bit of pressure on me this tournament as defending champion. Definitely tough matches and I am really happy to get through to the semi-finals.