Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY) 3-0 11-6, 11-3, 12-10 (32m)
Just too good today for Tinne and Fayrouz reminded us tonight she is only 16 and not a machine…
Tinne took her to the throat and never let go.4/1, a good come back from the young Egyptian, 4/4, 5/5, but Tinne lethally clinical, 10/5 and 11/6 in 9m – rallies pretty short to be honest.
About the same start in the second, 4/1 but not coming back from the Alexandria girl, 11/3 in 8m.
A very good push in the third game from the youngster, she made us believe she could force a 4th, 4/4, 5/5, 8/5 Fayrouz, but a few No Let against her, the ref telling her twice that she had to play the ball. 8/8, 9/9. Still possible for the World Junior semi-finalist, but the World number 12 takes it in 3, 12/10 on her second attempt, thanks to a little error, longest game of the match, 13m.
It’s been a tough week, I’ve been playing for the past two weeks as well, first in the States, then in France and before that, we had a tournament in Egypt.
She is such a good player, and I didn’t play well enough today. But I hope next time I’ll be back playing better!
“I’m very happy. Tomorrow I’m going to play the biggest final of my career, so I’m very happy to get the win today. She’s a very young player, she’s only 16 years old and reaching the semi-finals of a bronze tournament is very impressive. She’s obviously very good and has a bright future, but I was just trying to focus on my game because one bad shot and you’re under pressure so I had to make sure I stayed focused. I might have lost my focus a bit at the end, but I’m happy I found it again and a way out.
“Right now I can’t believe I’m going to play a final tomorrow so I’m just going to let it sinmk in for now. I’m going to enjoy the rest of the matches, enjoy the crowd, it’s been absolutely amazing and I’m having the best week of my life. This tournament has been great and I hope the crowd is going to enjoy it tojight with some great matches coming up!”