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El-Welily joins Sherbini and Gohar in Women’s World Championship last eight

Raneem El-Welily

Photo: PSA World Tour

Egyptian squash player Raneem El-Welily secured a spot in the Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship quarter-finals held in Gouna, Egypt.

El-Welily thrashed the United States number two Olivia Blatchford 3-0 and eliminated the American squash player who was competing in the second round of the World Championship for the first time in her career. El-Welily joined fellow Egyptians Nour El Sherbini and Nouran Gohar who reached the last eight earlier on Sunday.

“I’m definitely happy with the way I played today,” said the 28-year-old after her victory. “It was the first time I’ve ever played Olivia so to come away with a 3-0 win is pleasing and unusual for me.”

The former number one was able to take control of the game after Blatchford struggled to adapt to the unusual glass court conditions. “I know she’s played on glass courts before but I think the conditions today were very different to what she’s experienced before,” she added.

The Egyptian’s next match will be against England’s number two Laura Massaro in the next round. Massaro was able to overcome New Zealand’s Joelle King, she will be aiming to repeat last month’s win against El-Welily in Allam British Open last eight to secure her spot in the semi-finals.

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