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EGYPT’S CHINESE WORLD TITLE

 

Defending champions Egypt fulfilled their seeding in the CGG WSF Women's World Team Squash Championship in China, successfully retaining their title by beating perennial rivals England, the No.2 seeds, 2/0 in the final of the biennial World Squash Federation championship at the Xigang Gymnasium in the seaport city of Dalian.

It was the two nations' fifth meeting in the final since 2006 and Egypt's fourth triumph over the seven-time champions.

Things looked to be going the way of the favourites early in the opening match between the third strings Nouran Gohar and Londoner Alison Waters (both pictured left). Such is the might of the Egyptian squad that they were able to rest their number one - the world No.1 Nour El Sherbini - yet still field at third string Nouran Gohar, the squad number four who is ranked six in the world!

Gohar raced to a two-game lead - but Waters, earning her 140th international cap for England, battled back to level the match. It took just less than an hour but Gohar finally nailed her opponent, winning 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 7-11, 11-7 in 55 minutes. Experienced Egyptian world team championship campaigner Raneem El Welily then faced England's Laura Massaro - both former world number ones.

El Welily, the reigning world No.2, took a two-game lead over Massaro (both pictured below) before the Lancashire lass reduced the deficit by winning the third game. But the fourth game was a short affair, El Welily dropping just three points before winning 11-3, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3 to give the title to Egypt.

"You always forget about how hard it is for managers and coaches to watch the players - especially on the women's side where it's all about tactical squash," said Egypt coach Amr Shabana, the four-time world champion afterwards. "The attrition and speed has gone up in the last ten years. But at the end of the day it's very tactical - and you can see the tactics going back and forth.

"So I am very proud of the girls especially after Nour El Sherbini messed up her Achilles tendon yesterday so I am very happy that they stuck together and kept it together."Earlier in the day, USA and Malaysia replayed the 2016 battle for 5th place - again to decide the same position in the 2018 standings. Seeded three and four, respectively, both teams won their pools - then came unstuck in the quarter-finals.

Sobhys succeed

With the day's ties being played in team orders 3-1-2, third string Sabrina Sobhy put the USA ahead after being 16-year-old Malaysian Aifa Azman 3/0 before older sister Amanda Sobhy clinched the tie for the third seed - and retained their 5th position - by repeating her win over Nicol David exactly two years ago, surviving a tight clash against the former world number one 6-11, 11-9, 11-3, 12-10 in 32 minutes.

"I'm very proud of the team - we're still a young team, we're still learning in this competition," explained US team coach Thierry Lincou, the former world champion from France later. "Even though USA have featured in several world team events, this team is very new - new to the culture of getting used to the pools, and the concept of getting out of the pool into the second stage - which is like another competition. So we are really learning”.

After the disappointment of failing to make the quarter-finals, former champions Australia fulfilled their seeding by winning the play-off for 9th place. Budespite losing, 12th seeds South Africa exceeded their seeding and recorded their best finish since 2010.

The most dramatic tie took place in the battle for 11th place - in which 10th seeds Japan came back h against India, the No.11 seeds, to win 2/1."We were seeded ten and disappointed not to achieve at least that position," said Japan number one Satomi Watanabe. "It's been a good experience for us being here and, with a young team in Dalian, including my 16-year-old sister, we can look forward to being more successful in two years’.


It was in June 2016 that the Dalian Squash Association first revealed its plan to bid for the 2018 championship: "I would like to show my appreciation to the city by bringing the World Championship here," said Secretary General Wang GuoGuang (pictured with the Egyptian squad) at the time. "It would be a great milestone in my life and would make me very proud."

16 September 2018 - courtesy Howard Harding

Egypt Crowned Women's World Team Champions In Dalian

 

Defending champions Egypt fulfilled their seeding in the CGG WSF Women's World Team Squash Championship today in China, successfully retaining their title by beating perennial rivals England, the No.2 seeds, 2/0 in the final of the biennial World Squash Federation championship at the Xigang Gymnasium in the seaport city of Dalian.

Final:
[1] EGYPT bt [2] ENGLAND 2/0 
Nouran Gohar bt Alison Waters 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 7-11, 11-7 (55m)
Raneem El Welily bt Laura Massaro 11-3, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3 (36m)

 

Tarek & Araby Set To Retain World Junior Titles In Chennai

20 June 2018


Egyptians Marwan Tarek and Rowan Reda Araby are set to retain their titles in the WSF World Junior Individual Squash Championships next month in India according to the draws revealed today by the World Squash Federation.

The Men's & Women's individual championships will take place at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai from 18-23 July, followed by the biennial Men's World Junior Team Championship from 24-29 July.

It was after ousting the top seed in last year's semi-finals that Tarek (pictured below with Araby at the 2017 trophy presentations) went on to claim the 2017 men's title in New Zealand. The 18-year-old from Cairo also won the 2018 British Junior U19 Open title early this year.

But Tarek, ranked 280 in the world, will have a tough job on his hands if he meets second seed Mostafa Asal, as predicted, in the final. His 17-year-old compatriot, also from Cairo, has made great strides on the PSA World Tour this year, winning three titles as a qualifier in May after clinching the British Junior U17 Open title in January. This month he leapt more than 100 places in the senior world rankings to reach No.75.


Araby, still only 17, has already claimed five PSA titles and is expected to make the world junior final this year for the third time in a row. Her success in the 2017 final came against top seed Hania El Hammamy, the compatriot whom she is again predicted to face in the 2018 climax.

All Egyptian semi-finals are predicted in both events - and an Araby success would take Egyptian ownership of the women's title into an eighth successive year.

                              PSA MAY 2018 RANKINGS


EL WELILY CUTS GAP


Raneem El Welily's title win at the inaugural women’s El Gouna International in April has cut the gap between her and current World No.1 Nour El Sherbini to under 250 points after the PSA Women's World Rankings for May were released.An imperious display inside the all-glass showcourt held on El Gouna’s marina saw El Welily defeat El Sherbini 3-1 in the title decider with the points gap between the two now at its lowest since January of this year.El Sherbini, El Welily and their compatriot Nour El Tayeb make up an all-Egyptian women’s top three which, after Marwan ElShorbagy joined older brother Mohamed and U.S. Open champion Ali Farag in the top three of the men’s World Rankings, the top ranking spots in both the men’s and women’s rankings being taken up by Egyptian trios for the first time in history.New Zealand’s Joelle King is the only non-Egyptian in the top five as she stays at No.4, a place ahead of Nouran Gohar, who remains at No.5. The rest of the top 10 is unchanged as Camille Serme (No.6), Laura Massaro (No.7), Sarah-Jane Perry (No.8), Nicol David (No.9) and Alison Waters take up the final spots.


 

EGYPTIAN MEN’S TOP 3 AGAIN


Egyptian Marwan ElShorbagy, currently Bristol based, has overtaken France’s Gregory Gaultier to reach a career-high World No.3 ranking and complete the first all-Egyptian presence amongst the world’s top three positions on the men’s tour since April 2009.

The 24-year-old defeated World No.2 Ali Farag last month to lift his maiden World Series title at the El Gouna International to join Farag and older brother Mohamed – the current World No.1 – inside the world’s top three as they become the first brothers to reside in the top three at the same time since Brett and Rodney Martin in May 1994.Gaultier’s drop down to No.4 marks his lowest ranking since April 2013 and he sits a place ahead of Tarek Momen, who retains his place inside the top five.Germany’s Simon Rösner stays at No.6 ahead of 2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad, three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour, Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar and New Zealand’s Paul Coll, who complete the top 10.