El Sherbini Retains Women’s World Championship Crown with Win Over El Welily by Sean Reuthe
April 14, 2017
- Egypt’s first ever female squash World Champion Nour El Sherbini
successfully defended her Orascom Development PSA Women’s World
Championship title after defeating compatriot Raneem El Welily to take
the honours in El Gouna, Egypt.
Held at the New Marina against the backdrop of Egypt’s Red Sea, El
Sherbini - who defeated Laura Massaro 12 months ago to become the
youngest Women’s World Champion of all time - was in spell-binding form
to dispatch a slightly nervy El Welily, who was appearing in her second
World Championship final.
The 21-year-old hit her targets well and never allowed fellow
Alexandrian El Welily to get into her game, with El Sherbini closing
the win out by an 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 scoreline to etch her name into the
history books once more.
El Sherbini’s victory brings a six-month title drought to an end and it
is her first major title since she lifted her first World Championship
title in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia a year ago.
"I'm over the moon, two or three months ago I wouldn't have imagined
that I would have won because I haven't won a [major] title this
season," said El Sherbini.
"It felt like like I wasn't going to win this season anymore, but once
I knew that it was going to be in Egypt, I was so excited and I wanted
to come and play in El Gouna.
"I'm really happy to win in front of my home crowd and it's never easy
to play Raneem. I've grown up learning a lot from her and she's told me
a lot of things off court and on court. She's the best ‘sister’ I could
ever have besides my squash career and I am really thankful for
everything she did for me."
Result - Final: Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt  Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (40m)