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Egypt’s Abouelghar, Raneem El Welily win China Squash Open

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Egyptian squash players World No.13 and World Champion Raneem El Welily both snatched the China Open men and women titles on Sunday at the Peninsula Shanghai.

Raneem El Welily managed to win her second China Squash Open after defeating France’s Camille Serme 3-1: 11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5 in 41 minutes.

“I’m very happy that I’m through, it’s always good to play against Camille, she’s very fair on court and I really enjoy playing with her,” she told PSA World Tour.

“I’ve won this tournament here before and done so badly afterwards in a previous season, so I’m just happy with the win for now, I’m not thinking about anything else. The plan this season is to take it one match at a time, one point at a time and one rally at a time.

“Hopefully I can play this well again this season, I’ve got to play harder to improve and work on new stuff,” the player concluded.

As for the men’s competition, Abouelghar won the biggest PSA Tour title of his career so far following a deserved 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 game in 44 minutes beating World No.10 Paul Coll.

“It’s the biggest title for me so far and maybe it’s my lucky place, so I want to thank everyone involved,” Abouelghar said. “Being able to back up yesterday’s win after the win over Greg and to win today in three games against such an athlete is just incredible for me.”

The Egyptian surprised everyone when he managed to defeat former World No.1 Gregory Gaultier in the tournament’s quarter-final match.

“I expected before the match that it was going to be hard work, and if I wanted to have any chance against Paul I had to be patient and not go for shots as often as I would like.

“I think when I was sharp when I went short and I’m happy that it paid off.

“Not many people get the chance to travel all over the world doing the thing they love so I’m just happy to be one of these people. I’ll just enjoy every minute and the results will take care of themselves.”

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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