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SQUASH: Shorbagy and Welily win first matches in World Series Finals
Out of six Egyptians participating in the World Series Finals in Dubai only Mohamed El Shorbagy and Raneem El Welily won their first matches.
There are a series of World Series tournaments throughout the season to lead up to the Finals which the top eight men and women participate in. The Finals isn’t a knockout tournament, the eight players are divided into two groups and play against each others with the players to earn two points per win.
This year’s World Series Finals featured two men, Mohamed El Shorbagy and Omar Mosaad, and four women, Raneem El Welily, Nour El Sherbini, Omneya Abdel Kawy and Nouran Gohar.
Shorbagy is first in Group A after beating Mathieu Castagnet 2-0 (11-4, 11-6). Colombian Miguel Rodriguez shares Shorbagy first place as he beat Englishman Nick Matthew.
In Group B Omar Mosaad lost from Australian Cameron Pilley 1-2 (7-11, 11-5, 6-11) to become second in his group and fifth overall.
In the Women’s tournament Welily defeated world champion and world number 1, Nour El Sherbini, 2-0 (12-10, 17-15) in what was most definitely the best match of the first round.
French Camille Serme won 2-0 (11-9, 13-11) against Omney Abdel Kawy while 18-year old Nouran Gohar lost 2-0 to Laura Massaro (7-11, 11-13).
Welily leads her Group B with 2 points while Sherbini and Kawy lie third and fourth. Nouran is third in Group A behind Nicol David and Laura Massaro.