El Sherbini wins Squash Player’s
Player of the Month award
El Sherbini has been named Squash Player’s Female Player of the
Month for May after becoming the first Egyptian woman to retain a
world squash title in April.
The 21-year-old world no.1, who was the first Egyptian woman to win
a PSA World Championship when she won the delayed 2015 event last
year, defeated compatriot Raneem El Welily 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 in the
final at El Gouna.
El Sherbini's victory ended a six-month title drought and brought
her a first major triumph since she lifted her first World
Championship title in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a year ago.
"I'm over the moon,” she said. “Two or three months ago I didn’t
imagine that I’d win because I haven't won a [major] title this
"It felt like I wasn't going to win this season, but once I knew
that the tournament 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. 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 and I’m really thankful for everything she’s done