Squash: Egypt win World Championship title after beating England
After eliminating hosts France with a 3-0 victory in the semi-final, favourites Egypt claimed the title for the third time in their history after beating defending champions England.
Former world champion Laura Massaro gave England the lead after beating World No.1 Nour El Sherbini in the first game. The World No.4 emerged victorious after 49 minutes, winning 3-1 (11-9, 5-11, 6-11 and 6-11).
However, Egypt fought back as World No.3 Nouran Gohar overcame Alison Waters 3-0 in 41 minutes (11-6, 11-4 and 12-10) to force a decider.
Her compatriot Raneem El- Welily, World No.2, needed 31 minutes to beat Sarah-Jane Perry 3-0 (12-10, 11-4 and 11-6) and clinch the title for Egypt.
Egypt’s El Sherbini, El Welily and Gohar took over the top three places in the PSA women’s December rankings. This 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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