R1: Zeina 3/1 Emilia

[19] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 3-1 Emilia Soini (FIN) 13-11, 5-11, 11-3, 12-10 (32m)

“Emilia has really good hands.

“She started the first game really well and she was killing all the shots, any opportunity she would hit it and I think I was 10-4 down and I said that I just tried to make my score better until I got to 10-10. I had to push to win the game. I was really focused and in the second I lost my focus a little and was a little flat, but the other two games I kept pushing point by point. It’s the first match of the tournament, so it is really difficult and it’s my first time to play her.

“Her game is really different compared to any other player. She slows the pace and she hits really good drop shots, she kept me moving and kept me on my toes.

“It’s my first time playing a World Championship here. I really want to play in front of the Pyramids, that’s what I was thinking about and how I want to perform really well in front of my family and friends and hopefully I will play another good match against whoever I face next.”