Sobhy Sinks Top Seed Gohar To Reach Qatar Classic Semis
14 Sep 2023
Gohar looked well set to take the lead after starting quickly and earning four game balls at 10-6.
The American - who had lost her last nine matches against the Egyptian - responded emphatically, scoring six consecutive points to stun Gohar.
The world No.5 picked up where she left off in game two, attacking confidently to double her lead with an 11-9 win before sealing a remarkable victory with an emphatic 11-1 win in the third game.
Afterwards, Sobhy said: "I'm not afraid anymore. I want to play her because it gives me that much more confidence going in against her.
"I was excited to know that I was going to face her again here in Qatar after last week in Paris."
Gilis, who fought back from two games down against No.4 seed Joelle King in the third round, performed another escape as she battled back from a game behind to beat Egypt's Salma Hany and reach her first Platinum semi-final.
El Sherbini, meanwhile, looked imperious as she overcame Tinne's sister Nele Gilis 3/1, with an 11-0 win in game one setting the tone.
In the men's event, round three concluded with all the players from the bottom half of the draw in action.