wins Squash Player’s Player of the Month award
world women’s champion Raneem El Welily has been chosen as Squash
Player’s Women’s Player of the Month for January following her first
It was third time lucky for Egypt’s world no.2 in the event after
defeats in two previous World Championship finals – including
surrendering four match-balls in 2014 to Nicol David – as she came back
from a game down to defeat defending champion Nour El Sherbini 3-11,
12-10, 11-7, 11-5.
El Welily had lost in straight games to El Sherbini in the previous
women’s World Championship final in April and looked to be heading the
same way as the world no.1 took the opening game easily, but she battled
“She was under more pressure than me today," said El Welily. "I felt so
different today compared to the last World Championship final. That one
was a nightmare; today I was so much more relaxed.
“So much has changed since 2014. The game has changed, I have changed,
the sport is different from then. We're all adapting and improving.
“I hope I can keep the same attitude for the remainder of the season.
From this moment to the next event I don't know what will happen, but I
know I don't want to stop with just this one success.”