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Which sports star does Gohar admire most away from squash? Who would she like to play her in a movie?

The 19-year-old reveals this and more in our video above.




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Serme beats Gohar for second straight victory at PSA Dubai World Series Finals

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Camille Serme.

Camille Serme has already doubled her win total at the PSA Dubai World Series Finals as she heads into the final day of group matches in the midst of a flawless run.

The French world No3 made it two wins out of two in Group A of the women’s event after she prevailed in a thriller with World Junior champion Nouran Gohar, 2-1, in the first session of play at Dubai Opera Wednesday.

Both players had claimed wins on day one, with Serme beating England’s Alison Waters and Gohar getting the better of World Championship runner-up Raneem El Welily.

And it was Serme who moved clear at the top of the group, taking the opening game, and having two match balls in the second, before a determined Gohar forced a tie-break and recovered from two further match balls down to take the match into a dramatic third game.

Serme looked to have squandered the chance after Gohar took the opportunity to move three match balls up, but a spirited fightback from the 28-year-old saw her take the fixture to another tie-break, with Serme closing out the game at the sixth attempt.

“I’m very happy, I saw myself winning, then losing, then winning again, so anything could have happened,” said Serme. “I guess we’ll know more about what’s going to happen after the second group match, but it’s already better than last year. Last year I only won one match, so it’s positive and I’m going to give it everything tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, England’s three-time world champion Nick Matthew is unlikely to make it through the group stage of the event for the second year in succession, after the 36-year-old fell to world champion Karim Abdel Gawad Wednesday.

Matthew failed to really get going against an impressive Gawad, who was clinical and accurate throughout the 21-minute contest to earn a chance of qualifying for the knockout semi-finals.

“I’m very pleased to get a 2-0 win today against one of the sport’s legends,” said Gawad.

“Nick is a really tough player to play in a best of three and he is one of the most experienced the players on the Tour.”

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Farag ends Gaultier's 27-match unbeaten run at PSA Dubai World Series Finals

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Fleet of foot: Farag downs the Frenchman.

Gregory Gaultier’s 27-match winning streak came to an end at the hands of Ali Farag, who only gained a place at the PSA Dubai World Series Finals after Ramy Ashour withdrew last week due to injury.

The 34-year-old from France has been in blistering form this year, winning the last six tournaments, but couldn’t match Farag’s pace in the Dubai opener, going down 11-5 11-7 in 28 minutes.

Speaking after his win, Farag said: “Last time I played Greg I didn’t even get a game off him. I’m really happy with the win. It was very important for me to get that first game under my belt, it took the pressure off.”

Elsewhere, defending champion Laura Massaro got off to a winning start, beating two-time competition winner Nicol David 12-10, 12-10.

Massaro and David have contested one of the sport’s most fascinating rivalries of recent times, with David leading the head-to-head record 22-8.

The 33-year-old from Penang held three game balls in the opener, only to see Massaro fight back to take a one-game lead before winning the second game by the same margin and clinch victory.

“I’m really happy to close it out in the end. You know you’ve got three matches either way and you’ve got to do your best in all of them. If I lost today I would have had a bit of an uphill battle tomorrow and the day after, but a win under my belt doesn’t mean anything at this point unless I can get at least one more win” said Massaro.

Meanwhile, former World No1 Mohamed El Shorbagy edged James Willstrop in straight sets, 11-8, 11-9 in 39 minutes.

El Shorbagy has suffered a disappointing season by his high standards – with the loss of his World No.1 ranking in April bringing a 15-month reign to an end – but he took a step closer to securing a place in the semi-finals with victory over the Englishman.

“I just want to enjoy myself and be happy on court,” said El Shorbagy.

“This season, I haven’t enjoyed it at all, so I’m really happy I did enjoy it today and I want to win. I play to win, I play hard and aggressive in the right manner and I’m really happy to get the win today.

World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry secured one of the biggest wins of her career after she defeated World Champion Nour El Sherbini 9-11, 11-9, 11-4 to join compatriot Massaro at the summit of Group B.

Tickets for the evening sessions, semi-finals and finals can be purchased at https://dubaiopera.etixdubai.com/shows/show.aspx?sh=PSAUMB

Results – Men’s Group A Day One: 2016/17 PSA Dubai World Series Finals

[7] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [1] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 2-1: 11-9, 8-11, 11-7 (48m)

[4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [5] Nick Matthew (ENG) 2-1: 11-13, 11-8, 11-7 (49m)

Results – Men’s Group B Day One: 2016/17 PSA Dubai World Series Finals

[8] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 2-0: 11-5, 11-7 (28m)

[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [6] James Willstrop (ENG) 2-0: 11-8, 11-9 (39m)

Results – Women’s Group A Day One: 2016/17 PSA Dubai World Series Finals

[1] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [8] Alison Waters (ENG) 2-1: 9-11, 11-5, 11-3 (39m)

[5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [4] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 2-1: 13-11, 3-11, 11-3 (35m)

Results – Women’s Group B Day One: 2016/17 PSA Dubai World Series Finals

[3] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [6] Nicol David (MAS) 2-0: 12-10, 12-10 (30m)

[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 2-1: 9-11, 11-9, 11-4 (37m)

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