Tinne Gilis (Bel) 3-1 Farida Mohamed (Egy) 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (40m)
A tense first game, a few discussions with the ref, but after that, Tinne managed to hold her shots nicely and send the ball where her opponent didn’t expect it. Which is a bit of the purpose of squash. And guess what, it worked for her beautifully.
Today I think that is one of the best matches we ever had. There were still too many decisions and discussions with the ref but the match before was so, so much worse, I was very edgy, I was playing loose and she has a big swing and takes her space, that’s how she plays, so, you have to adapt.
I tried to focus on my targets and not letting her coming into me and playing the ball away from her, and after the first game I managed to do that.
It was a very special day today, my sister, her fiancé and myself, all of us trying to get to the quarters of a platinum, and it might be the first time we succeeded! So I didn’t want to be the only one NOT to qualify, I cannot be the only one losing, so it was extra motivation. And I’m very happy and proud the three of us are now in the quarters. Yes, happy and proud.