Joshna Chinappa, world No: 10 facing World Champion Nour El Sherbini gave her way to the semi-finals of the inaugural women’s CIB Egyptian Open after a comfortable 3-0 victory over India’s Joshna Chinappa match in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
On spending 49 minutes on the court, El Sherbini eased herself into the quarter-finals which was 10 minutes less than the length of Chinappa’s third round encounter with Egypt’s Farida Mohamed. The pair’s first meeting came 11 years ago when El Sherbini was just 14 and Chinappa 23, with the latter winning in five games. The two matches since have gone the way of the Egyptian and she made it three on the bounce courtesy of an 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 victory.
El Sherbini, who won the PSA Women’s World Championship on this court 11 months ago, will take on either World No.4 Nour El Tayeb or World No.10 Salma Hany in the semi-finals. The winner said Joshna played well in the previous rounds but managed to get the courts in her side.