The Egyptian women’s national squash team keeps making us proud as they qualified for the final of the 2018 WSF Women’s World Squash Championship which is held for the first time in China.
It’s the first world squash championship ever to be held in China specifically in Dalian, a major city and seaport in the south of Liaoning Province. Holding the world championship in China is another example of the worldwide reach of the sport as squash makes its case for Olympic inclusion.
The Egyptian current team includes world no.1 Nour El Sherbini, world no.2 Raneem El Weleily, world no.3 Nour El Tayeb and world no.6 Omneya Abdel Kawy.
Top seeds and defending champions played Hong Kong for the fourth time in WWT history and won 3-0 in their match in the semifinals. Raneem El Welily took the lead and stayed ahead throughout the three games against Joey Chan, notching up her sixth successive win over Chan since their first meeting back in 2005’s British Junior Open.
In a surprise, Hong Kong’s Annie Au overcame world no.1 Nour El Sherbini in five games to take the match into a decider. The first two games were shared, Sherbini needing an injury break after slipping during the second, and although the Egyptian led 9-6 during the third a run of five points put Annie back in front. Sherbini saved a match ball in the fourth, but it was all Annie in the fifth.
In 20 minutes, Nour El Tayeb secured a spot for the Egyptian team in the final as she overcame Lee Ka Yi in three quick games.
This is Egypt’s fifth WWT final in the last seven editions. The national team will be facing the winner between France and England.