Egypt’s women beat hosts France to reach World Championship final
France had already made history by reaching the semi-final for the first time ever, but they failed to book themselves a spot in the final after losing to favourites Egypt.
Egyptians had reached the semis after enjoying a 3-0 victory over the United States, while the hosts had to eliminate Australia.
World No.1 Nour El Sherbini faced tough resistance from World No.5 Camille Serme before the 21-year-old Egyptian managed to win the encounter 3-0 (11-8, 12-10 and 11-9).
Her compatriot Raneem El Welily, World No.2, only needed 24 minutes to overcome France’s Laura Pomportes in the second match and seal the qualification with a 3-0 victory (11-3, 11-3 and 11-5). World No.3 Nouran Gohar then defeated Coline Aumard 2-0 (11-5 and 11-6) in the dead rubber.
Egypt will play on Saturday in the final against title holders England, who defeated Hong Kong 2-0 in the semis.
This comes one day after Egypt’s El Sherbini, El Welily and Gohar took over the top three places in the PSA women’s December rankings. It marked the first time since 1996 that three women from the same country held all three top spots, after the Australian trio Michelle Martin, Sarah Fitz-Gerald and Liz Irving.
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