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All-Egyptian final in the first edition of the WISO
It’s an all-Egyptian final in the 2015 edition of the Alexandria Women’s International Squash Open held for the first time at the Biblotheca Alexandrina, as Omneya Abdel-Kawy and Raneem El-Welily emerged victorious in their respective semifinals.
It was no easy feat for both Egyptians, as both matches were decided in the fifth game. First off, Egyptian Omneya Abdel-Kawy defeated world number one Nicole David of Malaysia 3-2 in a very tough match that lasted 65 minutes- the longest of the tournament so far. Omneya had the lead for the first two games, winning 11-7 in both. Nicole came back by winning the third and fourth games 11-8 and 11-1 respectively. The fifth game was no walk in the park either, but Omneya came up on top after winning 12-10. The Egyptian’s win is impressive for several reasons, and one of them is that her Malaysian counterpart has topped the world ranking for eight consecutive years.
Raneem suffered from ups and downs in her encounter with English Laura Massaro, but managed to claim the win. Raneem won the first game 11-8 and lost the second 8-11, before managing to pick herself up again, winning 11-5 in the third game. Laura wasn’t going to make it easy for Raneem though, as she won the fourth 11-8. It was the final game that decided it all; Raneem won the game 11-5 and came out on top after a total of 62 minutes.
Raneem and Omneya are to face each other in the final of the last tournament of the season on Wednesday. Raneem has the advantage of playing on her home ground – she hails from Alexandria – despite representing Cairo-based Wadi Degla.
King Fut wishes the best of luck to both ladies in the final!