Joelle King (Nzl) 3-1  Zeina Mickawy (Egy) 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9 (41m)
Joelle was very solid, although made her trademark errors once in a while but still seemed in control most of the match. Well, in the first one she was, from 5/5 to 10/5 then 11/7 in 7m but less in control in the second when she went up 7/2, only to let her opponent claw back with her lovely attacking game, 9/7, 11/9, again in 7m…
Third, we had a few lovely winners return of serve from the Egyptian and close up to 6/6, but a little drop in energy from Zeina, the wrong shot at the wrong time, and Joelle, clinical, 11/6 in 7m yet again!
The fourth seems to lead to a 5 setter when the Egyptian cruises at 8/3. But Joelle feels the danger, and finds her best squash, no error from Zeina, just perfect length and lovely volleying from the NZ. 8/8, 9/9, and it’s the Kiwi that finally closes it down, 11/9. Oh well, at least a Kiwi victory today (England beat the All Blacks in rugby in the world cup this morning, and we are in mourning…)
It’s not a secret I’ve been struggling with my squash for the past three tournaments, so I tried to come here with nothing to lose. I’m playing my best squash when I’m relaxed, so it was nice to see a bit of my squash coming through tonight.
I went a bit short at times, although I had a good first game, solid at the back. She went firing in the second, and I’m happy to get off in four!
The conditions are a bit windy, not easy to control the ball at times, but no better place to try than in front of the Pyramids….