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Squash: Welily, Sherbini set up all-Egyptian Women’s World Championship final


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Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini will face compatriot Raneem El Welily in the final of the Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship held in Gouna, Egypt.

Reigning world champion Sherbini, who beat Laura Massaro in last year’s final, is on course to retain her title after she defeated Egyptian World No.5 Nouran Gohar 3-1 (11-4, 11-4, 13-15, 11-9) in the semi-final on Thursday.

“It was a very tough match, Nouran is very young and very tough,” El Sherbini told PSA World Tour.

“She’s already achieved a lot in this game and she is doing very well. I’m glad I finished it in the end and it was really hard and close in the end. In every tournament, every round gets harder and harder and more challenging.

“I have to challenge myself before I try to challenge my opponent. I tried to be prepared for every match and every tournament and I’m glad that everything went well in the end. It would mean everything to become World Champion here playing in front of an amazing crowd.

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Meanwhile, World No.4 Welily beat French World No.3 Camille Serme 3-1 (11-6, 2-11, 12-10, 11-5) to set up an all-Egyptian final with Sherbini on Friday.

“I felt behind at so many points and she was playing so well, so I didn’t play my best, she wasn’t giving me the chance to,” said El Welily.

“I couldn’t go for the shots that I would normally go for, so all credit to her for playing some fantastic squash tonight. We’re great friends off court and I hate to be the one taking her out, but this is squash, it’s what we do every day.

“Egypt cannot lose and that is something that is making me very happy and very satisfied. It doesn’t matter who wins tomorrow at this point in my head,” she added.

Welily had defeated English Laura Massaro in the quarter-final, while World No.1 Sherbini eliminated English Sarah-Jane Perry on her way to the semi-final.

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