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14/04/2017
Women's World Championship 2017

LATEST | DRAW | NEWS | SCHEDULE  HISTORY

 

REPORTS & RESULTS BY ROUND 

Preview

Qualifying

Round One

Round Two

Quarters

Semis

Final

 

Latest

 

DRAW

Women's  World Championship 2017
05 - 14 April
El Gouna, Egypt, $165k
First Round
07-08 Apr
second Round
09-10 Apr
Quarters
11-12 Apr
Semis
13 Apr
Final
14 Apr
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
11-2, 11-4, 11-6 (25m)
[Q] Samantha Cornett (CAN)
Nour El Sherbini
13-11, 11-4, 11-4 (39m)
Tesni Evans
Nour El Sherbini
11-6, 11-3, 12-10 (41m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
Nour El Sherbini
11-4, 11-4, 13-15, 11-9 (57m)
Nouran Gohar
Nour El Sherbini
11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (40m)
Raneem El Welil
[16] Tesni Evans (WAL)
11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (32m
[Q] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
[14] Victoria Lust (ENG)
11-6, 11-3, 11-7 (26m)
[WC] Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
Victoria Lust
11-8, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7 (45m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
11-4, 11-8, 11-4 (26m)
[Q] Fiona Moverley (ENG)
[6] Nicol David (MAS)
11-9, 12-10, 11-6 (34m)
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
Nicol David
12-10, 11-4, 13-11 (37m)
Annie Au
Nicol David
11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (45m)
Nouran Gohar
[10] Annie Au (HKG)
11-2, 11-8, 14-12 (31m)
[Q] Rowan Reda Araby (EGY)
[11] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
11-5, 11-6, 11-9 (34m)
[Q] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
Nour El Tayeb
11-8, 12-10, 11-9 (46m)
Nouran Gohar
[4] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (28m)
Nadine Shahin (EGY)
[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY)
13-11, 11-7, 11-5 (34m)
Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
Raneem El Welily
11-5, 11-6, 11-1 (24m)
Olivia Blatchford
Raneem El Welily
 8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-6 (46m)
Laura Massaro
Raneem El Welily
11-6, 2-11, 12-10, 11-5 (47m)
Camille Serme
[15] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 10-12, 11-8 (67m)
Olivia Blatchford (USA)
[9] Joelle King (NZL)
11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (33m)
Heba El Torky (EGY)
Joelle King
11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 13-11 (50m)
Laura Massaro
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG)
Joelle King
Mariam Metwally (EGY)
[8] Alison Waters (ENG)
11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 11-5 (44m)
[Q] Hana Ramadan (EGY)
Alison Waters
11-5, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 (66m)
Joshna Chinappa
Joshna Chinappa
11-6, 10-12, 11-7, 8-11, 11-3 (70m)
Camille Serme
[12] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
13-11, 11-8, 12-10 (33m)
[Q] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN)
[13] Emily Whitlock (ENG)
11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (33m)
[Q] Coline Aumard (FRA)
Emily Whitlock
11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (30m)
Camille Serme
Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY)
11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (35m)
[2] Camille Serme (FRA)

 Qualifying

Qualifying finals:
Qualifying finals:
Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 11-9, 11-2, 11-7 (25m)
Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt Amina Yousry (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-4 (58m)
Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt Hana Moataz (EGY) 11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 13-11 (44m)
Coline Aumard (FRA) bt Samantha Teran (MEX) 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 (33m)
Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Mayar Hany (EGY) 13-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9 (36m)
Rowan Reda Araby (EGY) bt Nada Abbas (EGY) 11-7, 15-13, 11-13, 11-6 (45m)
Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) 11-9, 11-3, 15-13 (46m)
Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Rachel Arnold (MAS) 8-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-9 (44m)

1st qualifying round:
Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt Farida Ahmed (EGY) 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (20m)
Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt Jelena Dutina (SRB) 11-3, 11-2, 11-1 (12m)
Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt Jana Shiha (EGY) 3-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7 (37m)
Amina Yousry (EGY) bt Nele Gilis (BEL) 11-6, 11-9, 11-3 (31m)
Hana Moataz (EGY) bt Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 14-12 (53m)
Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) 14-12, 11-9, 11-4 (31m)
Samantha Teran (MEX) bt Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 13-11 (57m)
Coline Aumard (FRA) bt Nadine Kotb (EGY) 11-1, 11-4, 11-6 (26m)
Mayar Hany (EGY) bt Nour Khaled Aboulmakarim (EGY) 11-4, 12-10, 11-4 (20m)
Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Deon Saffery (WAL) 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6 (34m)
Nada Abbas (EGY) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 8-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-2, 11-5 (50m)
Rowan Reda Araby (EGY) bt Hollie Naughton (CAN) 12-10, 11-8, 11-8 (31m)
Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Farah Momen (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 (24m)
Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt Nouran El Torky (EGY) 11-7, 11-9, 14-12 (35m)
Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt Menna Hamed (EGY) 11-9, 11-5, 12-10 (29m)
Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Engy El Sherif (EGY) w/o
 

     

REPORTS

Final

El Sherbini Retains Women’s World Championship Crown with Win Over El Welily

Egypt’s first ever female squash World Champion Nour El Sherbini successfully defended her Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship title after defeating compatriot Raneem El Welily to take the honours in El Gouna, Egypt.

Held at the New Marina against the backdrop of Egypt’s Red Sea, El Sherbini - who defeated Laura Massaro 12 months ago to become the youngest Women’s World Champion of all time - was in spell-binding form to dispatch a slightly nervy El Welily, who was appearing in her second World Championship final.

The 21-year-old hit her targets well and never allowed fellow Alexandrian El Welily to get into her game, with El Sherbini closing the win out by an 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 scoreline to etch her name into the history books once more.

El Sherbini’s victory brings a six-month title drought to an end and it is her first major title since she lifted her first World Championship title in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia a year ago.

"I'm over the moon, two or three months ago I wouldn't have imagined that I would have won because I haven't won a [major] title this season," said El Sherbini.

"It felt like like I wasn't going to win this season anymore, but once I knew that it was going to be in Egypt, I was so excited and I wanted to come and play in El Gouna.

"I'm really happy to win in front of my home crowd and it's never easy to play Raneem. I've grown up learning a lot from her and she's told me a lot of things off court and on court. She's the best ‘sister’ I could ever have besides my squash career and I am really thankful for everything she did for me."
 

Semi Finals

El Sherbini and El Welily Set Up All-Egyptian Final

There is guaranteed to be an Egyptian winner of the Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship for a second year in succession after World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and World No.4 Raneem El Welily prevailed on semi-finals day in El Gouna.

El Sherbini, who became the youngest ever female World Champion last year when she beat Laura Massaro in the final, was in cruise control in the opening two games against World No.5 Nouran Gohar, nullifying the 19-year-old’s hard-hitting brand of squash to go 2-0 up.

Gohar overturned five match balls in the third game to take the match into a fourth, but got herself back in front in the fourth to complete the win by an 11-4, 11-4, 13-15, 11-9 scoreline to stay in with a chance of being the first female Egyptian to lift the iconic title twice.

“It was a very tough match, Nouran is very young and very tough,” said El Sherbini.

"It would mean everything to become World Champion here playing in front of an amazing crowd.

“They always come to support us and watch us and I'm really glad that we're having the World Championship in El Gouna. It's really amazing I've reached the final and I'm going to give it everything I have to win the title here.”

Meanwhile, El Welily will appear in a second World Championship final after she overcame French World No.3 Camille Serme in four games.

2014 runner-up El Welily and the in-form Serme – meeting for the 12th time on the PSA World Tour – played out a high-quality 47-minute encounter, with El Welily triumphing by an 11-6, 2-11, 12-10, 11-5 margin of victory.

The 28-year-old from Alexandria squandered four match balls against Malaysian icon Nicol David in the final three years ago in Cairo, but she says that she has learned from that disappointment and it won’t be in her thoughts ahead of tomorrow’s final.

"[Losing the last World Championship] has been out of my mind for so long," she said.

"It really doesn't bother me anymore. I'm past it, I'm over it and I've learnt so much from it. I've become a much better player since then.


"I really appreciate that moment and if it happens again, although I really wish it doesn't, I'm not going to regret anything."
 

Quarter Finals Lower Half

El Welily to Face Serme in Semi-Finals Despite Rain Halting Play

2014 runner-up Raneem El Welily ended a four-match losing streak against 2013 winner Laura Massaro in the last eight of the Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship to set up a semi-final clash with World No.3 Camille Serme, whose fixture with Joshna Chinappa had to be relocated to another venue due to rainfall.

On the glass court staged in El Gouna’s New Marina - on the banks of the Red Sea - the enigmatic World No.5 El Welily came back from a game down to defeat last year’s finalist Massaro, less than a month after she lost out to the World No.2 at the same stage of the British Open.

El Welily played some impressive squash matched with a focus that has sometimes been missing in her game to record an 8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-6 victory - avenging last year’s World Championship semi-final defeat to the Englishwoman in Kuala Lumpur.

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

“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."

France’s Serme will compete in only her second ever World Championship semi-final after she prevailed in a titanic five-game encounter with Indian No.1 Joshna Chinappa.

Their match was a casualty of the weather - thus taking place on the traditional courts - where Chinappa had played her first and second round matches, while Serme had only practiced on the glass court.

And Chinappa’s experience on the traditional courts showed as she took Serme all the way to five games, eventually losing 11-3 in the fifth to send 28-year-old Serme into the last four.

"To be honest, I think it [her experience on the traditional courts] was an advantage because she has played two matches on there," said Serme.

"She knew how to play on it and I felt a bit nervous coming back here because I haven't practised on these courts for a few days. I think it was an advantage for her, they were tough conditions, we had to change courts last minute and the crowd was so loud.


"I know it's the same for both players, but it was a tough match."
 

Quarter Finals Top Half

Gohar and El Sherbini to Face Off in Semi-Finals

World No.5 Nouran Gohar will take on reigning World Champion Nour El Sherbini for a place in the final of the Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship after they managed respective wins over Malaysia’s Nicol David and England’s Sarah-Jane Perry in El Gouna, Egypt.

World Junior Champion Gohar put in an unrelenting display to go two games and five match balls up against David, an eight-time winner of the most prestigious tournament on the Women’s Tour.

David fought tooth and nail for every point and saved four of the match balls, but a loose shot from the 33-year-old towards the end of an intense rally saw a stroke awarded against the 81-time PSA World Tour title winner, handing the match to Gohar.

“It feels amazing to beat my idol, it was a very, very tough match today, mentally more than physically,” said the 19-year-old.

“At 2-0 up and five match balls up, I still couldn't believe it and then she started playing amazingly, like it was still 0-0. She came back really strongly, so I just tried to stick to my game plan and not try to think about the win.

“There were nerves for sure at that point, but the crowd supported me really strongly, so I'd like to thank them, my coaches and the support from my family. They were the reason why I won those last points.”

World No.1 El Sherbini got the better of Gohar in last year’s British Open final and in the same stage of the World Championship 12 months ago.

And the 21-year-old - who beat World No.2 Laura Massaro in last year’s final - earned her place in the last four courtesy of a 11-6, 11-3, 12-10 scoreline over British Open runner-up Perry.

“I get a lot of support when I play here, I get a lot of people coming and it makes me push to win because I want to win in front of them," El Sherbini said.

“I'm happy that I'm through 3-0, it was nearly longer than that, but I'm happy to finish it in the third game.

“I think that the court conditions changed from the other days and it was hotter and bouncier. I just tried to change my plan and she was playing well at the end, but thankfully it worked and I managed to win the match.”
 

2nd Round Lower Half

Massaro and El Welily to Contest Blockbuster Quarter-Final

England’s World No.2 Laura Massaro and Egypt’s World No.4 Raneem El Welily will face off in the quarter-finals of a PSA World Tour event for the second tournament in a row after both players rose to wins on the fourth day of the Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship.

Massaro, the 33-year-old from Preston, overcame New Zealand’s Joelle King in a tight four-game encounter, hitting consistent lines despite a drop in intensity in the third game, to win it by an 11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 13-11 margin.

“The fourth was really close and I felt like I had pulled away a bit, but then she ended up coming back really well and I was in a little bit of a battle really,” said Massaro.

"I think I started quite well. Joelle was a little bit off at the beginning but she began to up her game a little bit. I felt like she started hitting to my forehand a little bit more and was keeping it off my backhand.

“It took me a little while to rejig my plan a little bit and try and figure that out. I was perhaps a little bit edgy towards the end more than anything. Joelle is such a good player, she's so physical and I'm just pleased to get through that in the end.”

Massaro defeated El Welily in the last eight of last month’s Allam British Open and will look to put in a repeat performance against the former World No.1 after El Welily dispatched United States No.2 Olivia Blatchford in a comfortable 3-0 triumph.

Blatchford, competing in the second round of the World Championship for the first time in her career, tried in vein to compete with El Welily, but couldn't find any rhythm.

Struggling to adapt to the dead conditions on court early on – particularly failing to hit her targets in the back corners – she gifted control to El Welily. And the Egyptian, with the benefit of a match on the glass court already behind her, settled early, hitting with perfect weight and precision to dictate proceedings courtesy of a sumptuous display that marks her out as a genuine title threat.

“I'm definitely happy with the way I played today,” said El Welily.

“It was the first time I've ever played Olivia so to come away with a 3-0 win is pleasing and unusual for me.

“I know she's played on glass courts before but I think the conditions today were very different to what she's experienced before. It's windy on there and you never know what’s going to happen with the ball – you have to react and take it as it comes."

French World No.3 Camille Serme is also through to the last eight after she dispatched World No.13 Emily Whitlock in straight games to set up a quarter-final meeting with Indian No.1 Joshna Chinappa, who saw off former World No.3 Alison Waters.

Serme, seeded second for the tournament, took the ball early to crash in a series of devastating backhand volleys and punished any loose shots from Whitlock in clinical fashion to take an 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 victory.

“I knew she beat Alison at the British Open, so I was focused from the start and didn’t want to give her any hope," said Serme.

"I came into the match with a clear tactical plan. Joshna is a very powerful girl, she hits the ball really hard and I think on that court with the wind it might be tricky to try lobs and shots like that because the ball can go out easily."
 
Round 2 Top Half

Gohar and David Set up Quarter-Final Showdown

World No.5 Nouran Gohar and eight-time World Champion Nicol David will meet in a mouthwatering quarter-final clash after they saw off Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb and Annie Au, respectively, on day three of the Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship held in El Gouna, Egypt.

Gohar, the reigning World Junior Champion, was up against another former World Junior Champion in El Tayeb and the 19-year-old played with power and control to come out with a 3-0 victory, taking it 11-8, 12-10, 11-9 in 46 minutes to reach the last eight.

“It will be a tough match for sure [against David]," said Gohar.

"Nicol has so many titles, she's a living legend and she's my idol.

“To play against her is tough mentally and physically. I'm just going to enjoy it and hope that the crowd will be behind me.”

David won the World Championship crown the last time it was held in Egypt three years ago and she stepped up her efforts to claim the biggest title on the Women’s Tour for an unprecedented ninth time with an 12-10, 11-4, 13-11 triumph.

The 33-year-old Malaysian superstar will look to improve on her last result against Gohar, with the hard-hitting Egyptian ending David’s 10-year unbeaten run at the Hong Kong Open in August en route to a maiden World Series title.

“I think I played much better today than yesterday,” David said.

“I knew I had to be sharp – she’s very dangerous. In the second game especially I felt like I put it all together well and I’m really pleased to come through 3-0 in the end. I had to make sure I played tight and didn’t allow her the time to mix it up.

“And now I get to play on the glass court which is very exciting. It’s such a treat to be here and it’s not often I get the chance to play in a new place and a new location so I’m really excited."

Nour El Sherbini, the defending champion, navigated a tricky tie against World No.18 Tesni Evans of Wales to seal her quarter-final berth for a second year in succession.

The 21-year-old World No.1, who is bidding to become the first female Egyptian ever to lift the prestigious title on two occasions, prevailed in a crucial first game on the tie-break, which then gave her the impetus to close out an 13-11, 11-4, 11-4 victory.

“The whole season hasn’t gone that well, so I’m just hoping that this tournament will go well," admitted El Sherbini.

"I’m trying to go through match by match without thinking a lot. Now I’m into the quarter-finals and I’m thinking ahead to the next round and that’s it.”

The Egyptian will take on British Open runner-up Sarah-Jane Perry for a place in the semi-finals, with Perry coming through a four-game scrap with fellow Englishwoman Victoria Lust to reach the last eight.
 

1st Round Lower Half

Massaro, El Welily and Serme All Claim Wins on Second Day

World No.2 Laura Massaro began her Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship campaign with victory over Egypt’s Mariam Metwally in El Gouna, Egypt.

Massaro, who claimed the biggest title on the Women’s Tour three years ago, reached the final of this tournament last year and ensured that she would make a winning start to this instalment, winning 11-7, 11-7, 11-3 in 30 minutes.

"I took her extremely seriously," said 33-year-old Massaro, who will play New Zealand’s Joelle King next.

"I know how good she is, and this is the first round of the World Championship, so I wanted to play as well as I could and not to take any chances."

The Englishwoman will be joined in round two by Egypt’s Raneem El Welily, who beat former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf to move to within one win of a blockbuster quarter-final matchup with Massaro.

El Welily, the World No.4, squandered four championship balls to Malaysia’s Nicol David the last time the Women’s World Championship was held in Egypt in 2014, but she kickstarted her tournament with a 3-0 triumph over England’s Duncalf.

The Egyptian prevailed in a crucial first-game tie-break, which allowed her to press on to record an 13-11, 11-7, 11-5 victory.

“It's the first day, the first match, the first time at this venue, so I was trying to play a little bit basic to start with,” said El Welily.

“You could see at the beginning that my shots weren't as accurate as they could have been, but my mindset was okay, so I wasn't upset that I made the errors, I was actually feeling that I was on the right track.

“Jenny is a really experienced player and every time I play her it's extremely hard. Just like that, she scores with some unbelievable boasts. I'm just happy to be through today. It's one point at a time, I have no bad memories, everything is good.”

El Welily will face United States No.2 Olivia Blatchford, who impressed with a 3-2 win over Australia’s Donna Urquhart.

World No.3 Camille Serme also earned her place in the second round after she came through against World No.21 Salma Hany Ibrahim, winning it 11-6, 11-5, 11-8.

Last year’s World Championship saw Serme bow out at the quarter-final stage to World No.5 Nouran Gohar and she is using the memory of that disappointment to spur her onto greater things this time around.

“Last year, I had a lot of expectations at the Worlds, but when I lost to Nouran in the quarters it was a really big disappointment,” she said.

“It was the end of the season and I don’t want to feel that way again. I know I’ve won two big titles this year, I know I can do well, but everyone is strong at the moment, especially the girls from the top eight and you never know what can happen. I just take it match-by-match and I really focus on what to do on court."

Serme will face England’s Emily Whitlock for a place in the quarter-final after the World No.13 progressed courtesy of a win over French qualifier Coline Aumard.

England’s Alison Waters will meet India’s Joshna Chinappa in the other second round fixture, with the duo claiming respective wins over qualifiers Hana Ramadan and Misaki Kobayashi.
 

1st Round Top Half

El Sherbini Heads Trio of Egyptian Winners on Day One of Women’s World Championship

Defending champion Nour El Sherbini led fellow Egyptians Nouran Gohar and Nour El Tayeb through to the second round of the Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship after they all rose to wins on the banks of Egypt’s Red Sea on day one of the main draw.

El Sherbini - who defeated England’s Laura Massaro in the final of the last instalment of the prestigious tournament - was in dominant form to see off Canadian qualifier Samantha Cornett by an 11-2, 11-4, 11-6 margin of victory to set up a meeting with Tesni Evans.

“I know she wasn't playing well in the first, but I just wanted to try my shots and try the court with the conditions, the weather and everything,” said El Sherbini.

“Maybe I relaxed a little bit in the third, but I just had to get back to my length and shorts.

“I hope it [the Egyptian crowd] helps. I always love to play in Egypt and I love the crowd and everyone coming to support. I hope it's not going to put pressure on me, I just want to play. It's just a tournament like any other tournament.”

World No.5 Nouran Gohar bounced back from her shock first round loss at last month’s Allam British Open with a comfortable victory over close friend and fellow Egyptian Nadine Shahin.

Gohar, who reached the semi-final stage of this tournament a year ago, fell to 16-year-old Nada Abbas in a huge upset in Hull 12 months after she reached the final of the sport’s oldest tournament.

But she responded with a focused display against World No.23 Shahin, with the hard-hitting 19-year-old completing the win by an 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 margin to ensure she will take on former World No.5 El Tayeb for a place in the quarter-finals after El Tayeb saw off Hania El Hammamy.

“We play the same, hard-hitting game, we know each other's games really well," Gohar said.

"She is one of my close friends and we're sharing a room here as well. Mentally, it's quite difficult to cope with it because we were laughing and talking half an hour before, then you have to play."

Malaysia’s eight-time World Champion Nicol David took a step closer to winning the biggest title on the Women’s Tour for a ninth time after she negotiated a tricky encounter with India’s Dipika Pallikal Karthik.

While the scoreline looked comfortable, it was far from plain sailing for David as she had to battle hard in both the first and second games to prevent Pallikal from getting onto the scoreboard.

“Dipika hits the ball very well and on this court I felt like my timing was a little out early on and I wasn't timing my shots,” said David.

“I was opening up the court and allowing her too much time to attack. But I was pleased with how I worked through it to figure out my targets and I really found my groove in the third and felt like I was establishing my game."


She will be joined in the next round by Hong Kong’s Annie Au - who beat Rowan Elaraby - while Sarah-Jane Perry and Victoria Lust will also meet in round two.
 

Previews

Rejuvenated Massaro Ready To Take On World in El Gouna

After returning to form at the recent Allam British Open to secure her first PSA World Series title since 2015, England's World No.2 Laura Massaro says she's relishing the challenge of travelling to Egypt this week to compete in the Orascom Development PSA Women's World Championship.

Massaro lost out to Egypt's World No.1 Nour El Sherbini in last year's title decider - squandering a 2-0 lead in the final - but after reversing that scoreline en route to lifting the British Open for a second time, she's hoping to double-up once again by taking on Egypt's best in their own back yard, in what she thinks will be one of the most competitive World Championships ever.

"A year is a long time in sport so there's no question of me wanting to make amends for last year," said the 33-year-old.

"I know, and showed at the British, that I'm capable of putting together a tournament winning week. But I also know just how tough it is to back up from events and how hungry everyone else is.

"All of the girls in the top eight or ten have hit form in recent months and all have the belief that they can win - it's a hugely exciting time for the fans and the players. Whoever holds it together for the duration of the week and can manage the expectations will win.

"I know from the British Open last week that a home crowd can really spur you on - but they can put a lot of pressure on you as well. In Egypt, the crowd will have high expectations on the home players and for me, I relish that hostile environment and will try and use it to my advantage."

Despite climbing through the World Rankings to top the standings for the first time in her career in January 2016, Massaro, the 2013 World Champion, failed to win a major title in almost 12 months prior to her victory in Hull.

And she credits a frank and open discussion with her team in the wake of a quarter-finals exit at the Windy City Open in February as the turning point in her recent fortunes.

"After the Windy City Open, I sat down with my team to really reassess where I was at because I felt like, in the big events especially, I was struggling to translate the work in training into on-court success," said Massaro.

"The Women's game is moving along at a huge pace, so we analysed what I was trying to achieve and what the objectives are. Seeing people like Nick [Matthew] come out with a new lease of life in the past few months, combined with that reassessment, has really given me a new impetus in training and I feel like the team behind me is stronger now than ever before.

"But to then translate that change in the style we did at the British Open was just unbelievable.

"I knew that I was on the right lines so hopefully now I can carry that form and momentum into the World Champs this week and put another big week together."

Qualifying for the Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship takes place between April 5-6, with the main draw held between April 7-14.

Massaro takes on Mariam Metwally in round one and is seeded to face 2014 runner-up Raneem El Welily in the last eight.
 

Egypt’s El Sherbini Relishing Prospect of Defending World Championship Crown on Home Soil

Reigning World Champion Nour El Sherbini is looking to become the first female Egyptian player ever to win the prestigious Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship crown on home soil when the tournament takes place between April 7-14 in El Gouna, Egypt.

El Sherbini overtook the iconic Susan Devoy to become the youngest ever female World Champion 12 months ago when she recovered from two games down to defeat England’s Laura Massaro in a climactic final - a win which also saw her overtake Massaro at the summit of the World Rankings the following month.

And the Alexandrian will be roared on by a partizan Egyptian crowd in El Gouna as she aims to lift her first major Tour title since last year’s triumph in Kuala Lumpur.

"I’m super excited to be playing in Egypt, I can't explain how exciting it is," said the 21-year-old.

"I always love playing in Egypt in front of my family and friends. The last [Women's] World Championship in Egypt in Wadi Degla [2014] didn't go my way and I lost first round, so I will give it everything this time to go as far as I can."

El Sherbini has lifted just one Tour title since her World Championship victory and, as such, her World No.1 ranking has come under threat from the likes of Massaro, World No.3 Camille Serme and compatriot Raneem El Welily.

However, El Sherbini is looking forward to the impending battle for her crown as she bids to recapture her best form.

"It’s very tough on the Tour right now," El Sherbini admitted.

"Everyone is playing well and anyone can win any event. It's tough and challenging, but that's the game and I love it like this.

"Being the World Champion and the World No.1 was really huge for me and the final match against Laura is one of my best ever memories. Being 2-0 down and coming back, I can remember every point in the match. To able to say you are the World Champion is just amazing.

"But being the defending champion won't change the way I approach the tournament. It’s the last tournament of the season [aside from the PSA Dubai World Series Finals], so it's just a case of giving it one more push and giving it everything."

Qualification for the Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship takes place between April 5-6, with the main draw beginning on April 7 and lasting up until the final on April 14.

El Sherbini begins her title defence against a qualifier in round one and is seeded to meet World No.5 Nouran Gohar in the last four.
 

 

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Schedule

First Round
07-08 Apr

second Round
09-10 Apr

Quarters
11-12 Apr

Semis
13 Apr

Final
14 Apr

 

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