El Welily & El Sherbini Set Up All-Egyptian World Final
14 Apr 2017
An Egyptian women's world champion is guaranteed for the second year in a row after Nour El Sherbini and Raneem El Welily - ranked one and four, respectively, in the world - prevailed in the semi-finals of the Orascom Development PSA Women's World Championship in the Egyptian Red Sea resort El Gouna.
El Sherbini, who became the youngest ever women's world champion last year after beating Laura Massaro in the final, was in cruise control in the opening two games against world No.5 Nouran Gohar, nullifying her 19-year-old compatriot's hard-hitting brand of squash to go 2/0 up.
Gohar overturned five match balls in the third game, however, to take the match into a fourth, but top seed El Sherbini got herself back in front in the fourth to complete the win by an 11-4, 11-4, 13-15, 11-9 scoreline to keep alive her hopes to become the first female Egyptian to lift the iconic title twice.
"It was a very tough match, Nouran is very young and very tough," said El Sherbini.
"It would mean everything to become World Champion here playing in front of an amazing crowd.
"They always come to support us and watch us and I'm really glad that we're having the World Championship in El Gouna. It's really amazing I've reached the final and I'm going to give it everything I have to win the title here."
Meanwhile, El Welily will appear in a second World Championship final after she overcame French world No.3 Camille Serme in four games.
2014 runner-up El Welily and the in-form Serme - meeting for the 16th time since 2003 - played out a high-quality 47-minute encounter, with El Welily triumphing 11-6, 2-11, 12-10, 11-5.
The 28-year-old from Alexandria squandered four match balls against Malaysian icon Nicol David in the final three years ago in Cairo, but she says that she has learnt from that disappointment and it won't be in her thoughts ahead of tomorrow's final.
"That has been out of my mind for so long," she said. "It really doesn't bother me anymore. I'm past it, I'm over it and I've learnt so much from it. I've become a much better player since then.
"I really appreciate that moment and if it happens again, although I really wish it doesn't, I'm not going to regret anything."