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Squash: Welily reaches Women’s World Championship semi-final


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Egypt’s Raneem El Welily defeated English Laura Massaro on Wednesday to reach the semi-final of the Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship.

World No.5 El Welily lost the first set before winning three successive sets against the World No.2 to win 3-1 (8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-6) and book her spot in the tournament’s semi-final. She’ll now face World No.3 Camille Serme, who overcame India’s Joshna Chinappa 3-2.

“I had absolutely nothing to lose today, I was keen on playing and keeping the rallies going,” El Welily told PSA World Tour.

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“This has made a huge difference for me mentally today. She’s obviously a very strong player mentally and it’s hard to break her. To beat her today is absolutely fantastic.

“I wasn’t doing the wrong things in the first game, I was doing the right things but I was a bit passive. I tried to find my rhythm and tried to get in front of her as much as possible and I think that worked. I’m happy to be in the semi-finals and I’m sure that the next match is going to be really hard.”

The other semi-final, which will be held on Thursday, will see Egypt’s , World No.1, face compatriot Nouran Gohar after they defeated Sarah-Jane Perry and Nicol David respectively.

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