R2: UPSET ALERT : Nada 3-1 Joelle

Nada Abbas (EGY) 3-1 [4] Joelle King (NZL)   8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 (55m)

It was one of those “playing at home with no pressure on” kind of matches for Nada”, especially as the young Egyptian had already created the upset once last year in the Worlds in Cairo, ousting the New Zealander in the 3rd round.

In the second, Joelle slipped and had to have her ankle strapped, but as she does, kept one fighting till the end, with the vocal crowd supporting their girl…


“I’m very happy. I’ve had a tough year, tough season, so coming into this tournament I didn’t think about anything or any results. I came here just too enjoy and be happy to be back. I’m really happy to get through.

“Joelle is a top player, she’s a great player with a lot of experience, so coming into this match I was the underdog and I had no pressure. I’ve had a tough year, so I wasn’t thinking about the result but this has given me a boost because all the pressure was on her. That made me play my game a bit more.

“I was just trying to focus on what I was doing and not focusing on her or the referee. All of my friends are here and they are supporting me and pushing me. I felt the match was okay.”