Defending Champion Gohar Withdraws Due to Injury


World No. 2 and defending champion Nouran Gohar has withdrawn from the U.S. Open presented by Truist due to a foot injury–causing significant shifts to the women’s draw as a result.

Compatriot Hania El Hammamy will take the place of Gohar as the no. 2 seed in the third Platinum event of the season and will now face one of Salma Eltayeb or Hana Ramadan in round two.

New Zealand’s Joelle King now moves up to the No.3 seed position, with a second-round clash against either Wales’ Emily Whitlock or France’s Enora Villard awaiting the World No. 4, while South Western Open winner Nour El Tayeb climbs up to a top four seeding position.

Team USA’s Olivia Fiechter is now a top-eight seed and is due to play one of World No. 27 Jasmine Hutton or Canada’s Nicole Bunyan in round two. Meanwhile, Canada’s Hollie Naughton has moved from a 17/32 seed to a 9/16 seed, now receiving a bye in round one of the tournament.

England’s Millie Tomlinson will enter the draw as a result of Gohar’s withdrawal, playing Egypt’s Jana Shiha in the first round of the Platinum event.

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