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Raneem El-Welily crowned AISO champion
Raneem El-Welily walked away with the title after defeating Omneya Abdel-Kawy in the final of the first edition of the Alexandria World International Squash Open that took place in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, making her the first ever winner of the tournament.
Both players had a bumpy road to the final. Raneem had a couple of easy matches until she reached the Quarter finals. She faced British Open winner and world ranked number 3 French Camille Serme. In the Semi-Final Raneem faced British Open runner up and world number 4 England’s Laura Massaro.
Omneya also had it easy in the first two rounds. In the Quarter Final Omneya faced World number 6 England’s Alison Waters and in the Semi-Final Omneya encountered world number one Malaysian Nicole David. It was a very difficult match for Omneya but she came up top after defeating Nicole 3-2 in 65 minutes, the longest match of the tournament, to face Raneem in the final of the tournament but failing to win the match.
Raneem defeated Omneya 3-0 in 35 minutes making her the first ever player to be crowned winner of this tournament and ending the 2014/2015 squash season in style. Raneem won the first two games easily with Omneya showing little fighting spirit. In the third and final game Omneya put in a good performance but she was no match for Raneem as she won 11/9. The ladies showed wonderful spirit during and after the game despite the importance of the match.