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Women's World Champs 2014

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  Final    Semi Finals    Quarter Finals   2nd Round   1st Round   Preview  Qualifying
Women's World Champs
12-20 Dec 2014
Wadi Degla, Cairo, Egypt, $150k
Round One
15 Dec
Round Two
  16-17 Dec
18 Dec
19 Dec
20 Dec
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11-9, 11-6, 11-3 (31m)
[Q] Yathreb Adel (Egy)
Nicol David
12-10, 11-9, 11-1 (42m)
Emily Whitlock
Nicol David
11-9, 11-7, 13-11 (43m)
Camille Serme
Nicol David
11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5 (64m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
Nicol David
5-11, 11-8, 7-11, 14-12, 11-5 (66m)
Raneem El Welily
[13] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (31m)
[Q] Emily Whitlock (Eng)
[16] Emma Beddoes (Eng)
11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (32m)
[Q] Delia Arnold (Mas)
Emma Beddoes
11-5, 11-13, 11-4, 11-4 (50m)
Camille Serme
[6] Camille Serme (Fra)
11-2, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7 (47m)
[Q] Nouran El Torky (Egy)
[7] Low Wee Wern (Mas)
9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-2 (80m)
Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
 Low Wee Wern
6-11, 11-3, 11-13, 11-7, 11-8 (64m)
Madeline Perry
Low Wee Wern
12-10, 11-3, 11-4 (30m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
[12] Madeline Perry (Irl)
14-12, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7 (50m)
Joshana Chinappa (Ind)
[10] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 14-12 (53m)
Sarah Kippax (Eng)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
13-11, 11-6, 13-11 (38m)
Nour El Sherbini
[4] Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
11-6, 12-10, 4-11, 13-11 (58m)
Nouran Gohar (Egy)
Habiba Mohamed (Egy)
11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7 (48m)
[3] Raneem El Welily (Egy)
 Raneem El Welily
7-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (50m)
Dipika Pallikal
Raneem El Welily
11-7, 11-9, 11-13, 11-5 (43m)
Nour El Tayeb
Raneem El Welily
11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5 (48m)
Alison Waters
[Q] Samantha Teran (Mex)
9-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-4, 11-7 (75m)
[14] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
[Q] Tesni Evans (Wal)
11-4, 5-11, 11-6, 11-6 (38m)
[11] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
Rachael Grinham
11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-3 (36m)
Nour El Tayeb
Mayar Hany Mohamed (Egy)
11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (24m)
[8] Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
[Q] Heba El Torky (Egy)
11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (34m)
[5] Alison Waters (Eng)
Alison Waters
11-7, 11-6, 11-3 (31m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
Alison Waters
12-14, 11-2, 11-7, 11-9 (52m)
Laura Massaro
Joey Chan (Hkg)
11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-5 (60m)
[15] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
Line Hansen (Den)
9-11, 11-4, 13-11, 11-4 (48m)
[9] Annie Au (Hkg)
Annie Au
12-10, 12-10, 11-2 (40m)
Laura Massaro
[Q] Mariam Metwally (Egy)
11-3, 13-11, 8-11, 11-7 (50m)
[2] Laura Massaro (Eng)

Results:  Wadi Degla Women's World Squash Champs

Qualifying finals:

Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 (37m)
Samantha Teran (MEX) bt Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 4-11, 11-13, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (71m)
Heba El Torky (EGY) bt Nadine Shahin (EGY) 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (50m)
Delia Arnold (MAS) bt Coline Aumard (FRA) 10-12, 11-6, 11-9, 13-11 (71m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt Siyoli Waters (RSA) 11-6, 11-2, 6-11, 11-7 (38m)
Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt Deon Saffery (WAL) 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-4 (53m)
Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 11-4, 12-10, 11-9 (41m)
Tesni Evans (WAL) bt Aisling Blake (IRL) 11-7, 11-9, 5-11, 11-2 (38m)

David Survives Match-Balls To Claim Record Eighth World Title

In a dramatic climax to the Wadi Degla Women's World Squash Championship, Malaysia's world number one Nicol David saved four match-balls in the final of the 30th staging of the premier Women's Squash Association tournament to overcome home favourite Raneem El Welily in a five-game 66-minute display of exhilarating squash at the Wadi Degla club in Cairo - and extend her record to eight titles!

David, the 31-year-old from Penang who won her first world title in Hong Kong in 2005, came into the 2014 event looking for revenge after crashing out of the 2013 championship semi-finals.

Her 2013 victor, Egypt's three-time world junior champion Nour El Sherbini, failed to make it past the opening round this time - and the English title-holder Laura Massaro dropped out at the quarter-final stage.

But world No.3 El Welily is in the form of her life - and was enjoying all the benefits of home advantage, playing at the Wadi Degla club where she has been based for many years.

Much to the delight of the crowd, El Welily took the opening game - but David (pictured right in action with El Welily) came back to draw level before again the local heroine grabbed the third to take a 2/1 lead.

At 6-2 down in the fourth, the Malaysian favourite claimed four points in a row to even matters - but, carried by the crowd, El Welily again reclaimed the advantage to win four points in succession to reach match-ball at 10-6.

Just one point away from a maiden world title, El Welily was unable to convert - hitting the tin three times as David clawed back the deficit to draw level again before eventually taking the game after a tie-break to force a decider.

David was now in the ascendancy and stormed through to take the title 5-11, 11-8, 7-11, 14-12, 11-5 after 66 minutes and become world champion for a record eighth time.

"I told myself I wanted to win the last point," the jubilant Malaysian said later. "I just kept repeating that: 'it's not over until it's over'.

"Raneem was just playing too well, I just had to find something in me. I just wouldn't let go, and just kept fighting.

"It was such a pleasure to play in Egypt in front of such an amazing crowd. All this wouldn't have happened without the involvement of Wadi Degla in receiving the Championships, over such a short period of time, and without the hard work of Karim (Darwish) and Engy (Kheirallah) and all the team."

David's long-time coach Liz Irving was equally delighted: "What an amazing performance from @NicolDavid to win her 8th World title," the former world No2 from Australia told her Twitter followers. "Gutsiest performance I've seen in long time!"

The historic title triumph not only extends David's record world title haul to eight, but also marks the 78th Tour title of the Malaysian superstar's career.


Semi Finals

El Welily & David To Contest Cairo World Final

Top seed Nicol David (right) and No.3 seed Raneem El Welily will contest the final of the Wadi Degla Women's World Squash Championship in Cairo - Malaysian David celebrating her eighth appearance in the climax of the premier Women's Squash Association championship since 2005 and one step away from a record eighth title, and local star El Welily marking her debut world final on her home courts at the Wadi Degla club in the Egyptian capital.

Crowd favourite El Welily faced Alison Waters, the fifth seed who dethroned reigning champion Laura Massaro, her England team-mate, in a major quarter-final upset.

World No.3 El Welil dominated the first game and overcame a Waters lead in the second to build up a two-game lead.

The Londoner regained the upper hand in the third, moving from 5-0 to 10-3 up before El Welily reduced the deficit to 10-9, when Waters volleyed a loose return into the nick to clinch the game.

El Welily (left) resumed control from the outset of the fourth and, before long, Wadi Degla had its eagerly-awaited finalist.

"I'm very happy, and the people around me make this happy feel ten times stronger," said the delighted El Welily after her 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5 victory in 48 minutes.

"But now, time to stop feeling happy, regroup, and get ready for tomorrow," added the 25-year-old on the eve of her 21st WSA World Tour final.

World number one Nicol David, who was a shock semi-final casualty in the 2013 championship, has been determined to make amends this year. But the firm favourite was fully tested by career-long rival Omneya Abdel Kawy - the No.10 seed from Cairo who was bidding to make it an all-Egyptian final.

Incredibly, it was the pair's sixth World Championship meeting - and the 20th of all-time, with former world No.4 Abdel Kawy only once the winner.

The Malaysian took the opening game - but the Egyptian underdog soon had the measure of her illustrious opponent and took the next two games, much to the delight of the partisan crowd.

But David egained control from early in the fourth and never looked like relinquishing it as she took the final two games to deny Abdel Kawy a second appearance in the final since 2010.

"Each worlds is a special one," said David after her 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5 win in 64 minutes. "But this one, in Egypt, for the Egyptians, is pretty special and they really want to do well in front of their home crowd.

"It was a great match, a tough one. Omneya was carried by the crowd today, it was a great atmosphere, I enjoyed every minute of it!"

The victory takes the 31-year-old from Penang into the 97th WSA Tour final of her career. Success in the final would not only extend David's record world title haul to eight, but would also mark the 78th Tour title of her career.


Quarter Finals

Waters Wipes Out Champion Massaro In Worlds Upset

The shortest reign in world championship history came to an end in Cairo when fifth seed Alison Waters (left) upset England team-mate Laura Massaro, the No.2 seed, in the quarter-finals of the Wadi Degla Women's World Squash Championship.

It was only nine months ago - in the 2013 championship staged in Penang, Malaysia, in March this year - that Massaro became the first Englishwoman to win the world title for 15 years. The world No.2 also became the first English player to hold both the women's British Open and World Championship titles simultaneously.

Just a week after combining to lead England to victory in the Women's World Team Championship in Canada, Massaro and Waters were back in more usual head-to-head action for a place in the semi-finals of the premier Women's Squash Association championship at the Wadi Degla club in the Egyptian capital.

Their pre-match career head-to-head tally showed Londoner Waters ahead 7-5 - but Lancashire lass Massaro had the upper hand in their two most recent meetings, both wins in straight games.

Massaro ultimately prevailed in a lengthy opening tie-break game - but it was underdog Waters, ranked three places lower, who gained the upper hand thereafter before closing out the match 12-14, 11-2, 11-7, 11-9 in 52 minutes.

"Playing in Canada gave me a lot of confidence," Waters explained later. "I learnt a lot about myself there, after I lost against Joey (Chan). I came back very strong - I realised that I was actually mentally very strong.

"In the fourth it could have gone either way at nine-all," added the 30-year-old. "I came here to prove myself and I'm pretty proud of what I achieved."

In her first world semi since 2010, British national champion Waters will face local star Raneem El Welily (left), the No.3 seed based at the host club.

El Welily also survived a four-game battle, beating Egyptian compatriot Nour El Tayeb, the eighth seed, 11-7, 11-9, 11-13, 11-5 to make the last four for the third time in a row.

"I'm over the moon," said the world No.3 afterwards. "I tried to stay patient and strong. It was a great match with Nour, a great friend and a sister."

An all-Egyptian final is on the cards after Omneya Abdel Kawy (right), the No.10 seed from Cairo, beat seventh-seeded Malaysian Low Wee Wern 12-10, 11-3, 11-4 to reach the semis for the first time since 2010.

Kawy, the 29-year-old former world No.4, will now face career-long rival Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia who is bidding to extend her record to eight world titles.

"Oh my God! I'm back in the semis of the worlds - in Egypt!" exclaimed Abdel Kawy after her quarter-final upset. "I got to the final in Sharm, against Nicol, so that's the rematch - that's my revenge!"

David (left) beat top-ranked French opponent Camille Serme, the sixth seed, 11-9, 11-7, 13-11.

"Getting a 3/0 result against Camille is a great result - I'm very happy with that," said the event favourite.





2nd Round Bottom Half

Massaro Marches On In Cairo

England's defending champion Laura Massaro moved one step closer to a third successive appearance in the final of the Wadi Degla Women's World Squash Championship when she defeated Hong Kong's top-ranked player Annie Au in the second round of the Women's Squash Association's premier championship at the Wadi Degla club in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

But the world No.2 was pushed all the way in the first two games by Au, the ninth seed, before closing out the match 12-10, 12-10, 11-2 in 40 minutes.

"The two tie-breaks showed how tight it was," conceded the 31-year-old from Preston afterwards. "It's the fifth time I've played her this year - I guess I'm getting to grips with what I've got to do!"

The second seed will now line up against fifth-seeded Londoner Alison Waters (right), the England team-mate with whom she won the world team title last week in Canada.

Waters earned her place in the last eight after an 11-7, 11-6, 11-3 victory over compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry, the 15th seed who was also a member of the triumphant England team.

"It'll be very difficult to play a team-mate tomorrow," added Massaro (pictured left in action with Au). "We just spent a week together - it's going to feel weird to play her that quickly.

"I saved four match-balls in Penang. I'll try not to do that again!"

The other quarter-final clash decided on the second day of second round action will be an all-Egyptian affair after Wadi Degla-based Raneem El Welily, the third seed, and eighth seed Nour El Tayeb (below right), also from Cairo, both prevailed.

El Tayeb claimed the day's first win - and her maiden appearance in the event's last eight at her sixth attempt - after beating Australian veteran Rachael Grinham 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-3.

Grinham, the 37-year-old 11th seed who won the title in 2007, is competing in her 19th world championship after making her debut 20 years ago in 1994. The former world number one from Toowoomba in Queensland led her country in last week's world team championship in Canada - but also found time to reach Cairo via her home country where she won the Australian national championship!

"It is so hard for me to play Rachael," said 21-year-old El Tayeb. "She is so unbelievably talented and skilful, but also she is my role model - I love watching her play."

Raneem El Welily (left), the world No.3 who is leading the home nation's charge in the event, recovered from a game down to beat India's top-ranked player Dipika Pallikal, the 14th seed, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-6.




2nd Round Top Half

Kawy Conquers Giant-Killer Gohar

Egypt's former runner-up Omneya Abdel Kawy halted the advance of 'giant-killer' Nouran Gohar in the Wadi Degla Women's World Squash Championship in Cairo when she beat her 17-year-old compatriot in the second round of the Women's Squash Association championship at the Wadi Degla club in the Egyptian capital.

It was just 24 hours earlier that championship debutante Gohar despatched 2013 runner-up Nour El Sherbini, the event's fourth seed, to create the opening round's biggest upset.

But 10th seed Abdel Kawy (pictured, right, with Gohar), losing finalist in the event's last staging in Egypt in 2010, made sure of her place in the last eight by beating the teenager 13-11, 11-6, 13-11 - saving three game-balls in the third - in 38 minutes.

In her seventh appearance in the quarter-finals since 2005, the world No.10 from Cairo will face No.7 seed Low Wee Wern.

The world No.7 from Malaysia survived her second five-game marathon in two days when she outlasted unseeded Indian Joshana Chinappa 6-11, 11-3, 11-13, 11-7, 11-8 in 64 minutes to reach the last eight for the fifth time in a row.

The quarter-final clash will mark only the third meeting of Wee Wern (pictured, left, with Chinappa) and Abdel Kawy's careers - with their head-to-head poised on one-all.

"Omneya has one of the best hands of the circuit - it's only going to get harder from here," said the 24-year-old Malaysian.

Favourite Nicol David secured her anticipated place in the last eight - but only after being pushed for two games by English qualifier Emily Whitlock.

The 20-year-old world No.29 led for virtually all of the first game, only to see David snatch it 12-10, and was 9-8 ahead in the second, which the world number one took 11-9. David dominated the third, closing out the match 11-1.

Bidding to win a record eighth title, David will face French rival Camille Serme (right) in a repeat of their 2013 world championship quarter-final clash.

Serme, the No.6 seed from Creteil, battled for 50 minutes to overcome Emma Beddoes, the 16th seed from England, 11-5, 11-13, 11-4, 11-4.

Both players commented on the match via Twitter: "Happy with my win 3-1 over a strong Emma Beddoes," said Serme. "Happy to make the quarter final of this world open."

Beddoes was also upbeat: "My world champs are over as I lost 3/1 to Camille tonight. But what an amazing 2014 it's been, now for Christmas!"

1st Round

Gohar Shocks Sherbini In World Opener

While defending champion Laura Massaro (right) claimed her anticipated place in the second round of the Wadi Degla Women's World Squash Championship in Cairo, Egypt's 2013 championship runner-up Nour El Sherbini failed to survive today's opening round of the 2014 Women's Squash Association championship at the Wadi Degla club in the Egyptian capital after a shock four-game defeat by unseeded compatriot Nouran Gohar.

With three world junior titles to her name, and final appearances in both the World Championship and British Open as a teenager, El Sherbini is one of the sport's most acclaimed players. But the 19-year-old world No.4 from Alexandria was outplayed by Cairo prodigy Gohar, the 17-year-old world No.19 making her debut in the championship.

Gohar (left) became one of three unseeded players to make the last 16 round when she beat the No.4 seed 11-6, 12-10, 4-11, 13-11 in 58 minutes.

"It's the first time I've ever played Nour - not even in practice - so I was not expecting anything," said Gohar  later. "When I was 10-8 down in the second, I thought, 'what about if I just play my squash and see what happens'.

"The next thing I know, I get four points in a row and I'm 2/0 up! "I'm really lost for words!"

Gohar was one of four Egyptian winners on day one - led by Raneem El Welily (right), the third seed who beat fellow countrywoman Habiba Mohamed 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7.

Emily Whitlock became the only qualifier to break into the last 16 when she upset English compatriot Jenny Duncalf, the No.13 seed and 2011 runner-up, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5.

The 20-year-old from Colwyn Bay in Wales - making her maiden appearance in the event's main draw - will now face top seed Nicol David for a place in the quarter-finals.

David, the world number one from Malaysia bidding to win a record eighth world title, eased past Egyptian qualifier Yathreb Adel 11-9, 11-6, 11-3.

India will be represented by two players in the last 16 for the first time ever after unseeded Joshana Chinappa upset Madeline Perry, the 12th seed from Ireland, 14-12, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7.

In her first appearance in the second round, Chinappa, the world No.22 from Chennai, will face Malaysian Low Wee Wern, the No.7 seed who survived a five-game battle with Guyana's Nicolette Fernandes.

India's 14th seed Dipika Pallikal, winner of the Commonwealth Games Women's Doubles gold medal with Chinappa earlier this year, recovered from two games down to overcome experienced Mexican qualifier Samantha Teran 9-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-4, 11-7 in 75 minutes to reach the second round for the fourth year in a row.



El Torky Sisters Steal World Slots

Egyptian sisters Heba El Torky and Nouran El Torky will line up in the main draw of the Wadi Degla Women's World Squash Championship together for the first time after surviving the qualifying competition of the 2014 Women's Squash Association championship at the Wadi Degla club in Cairo.

The Alexandria pair both defeated Egyptian opponents - 23-year-old Heba, the world No.27, beating Nadine Shahin 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 and younger sister Nouran, the 22-year-old world No.51, taking out Hania El Hammamy 11-4, 12-10, 11-9.

Heba (pictured above, right, with Nouran), who made the last 16 round in the 2013 event, now faces England's fifth seed Alison Waters in the first round - while Nouran, the lowest-ranked player to qualify, makes her debut in the main draw when she lines up against France's Camille Serme, the sixth seed.

Egyptians dominated the qualifying finals, with Cairo's Mariam Metwally and Alexandrian Yathreb Adel also successful. 18-year-old Metwally, ranked 50 in the world, beat compatriot Salma Hany Ibrahim 11-9, 11-6, 11-3, while Adel, also 18 but ranked 11 places higher, upset South Africa's world No.33 Siyoli Waters 11-6, 11-2, 6-11, 11-7.

Mexico's Samantha Teran and Malaysian Delia Arnold both survived dramatic 71-minute marathons to earn places in the main draw. Former world No.11 Teran earned her ninth appearance in the main draw since 2005 after recovering from 2/0 down to beat the Japanese number one Misaki Kobayashi 4-11, 11-13, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6.

Arnold came back from a game down to see off France's Coline Aumard 10-12, 11-6, 11-9, 13-11.

Britons Emily Whitlock and Tesni Evans completed the main draw line-up after qualifying successes. Whitlock, the 20-year-old world No.29 from England, secured her main draw debut after beating Welsh opponent Deon Saffery 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-4.

Meanwhile Evans, the Welsh number one, earned her third appearance in the main draw when she defeated Ireland's Aisling Blake 11-7, 11-9, 5-11, 11-2.


Double World Champion Massaro Excited To Defend Title In Cairo

Just days after adding a world team title to the individual world crown she won for the first time in March, England's Laura Massaro is 'excited' to be heading to Egypt this week to defend her title in the Wadi Degla Women's World Squash Championship in Cairo.

Backed by Wadi Degla Holding and boasting a USD $150,000 prize-fund, the premier Women's Squash Association (WSA) event will take place at the Wadi Degla club in Cairo from 15-20 December, following three days' of qualifying. The 30th edition of the tournament will be staged in Egypt for only the second time since the inaugural event in 1979.

Massaro clinched the 2013 title in March this year after beating unseeded Egyptian Nour El Sherbini in the final in Penang, Malaysia. El Sherbini, then aged 18 and ranked 27 in the world, shocked world number one Nicol David in the previous round - denying the home favourite a record eighth title.

Only last week Massaro became a rare holder of two world titles when she led England to success in the SHOP.CA WSF World Team Championship in Canada.

"I'm really looking forward to the event in Cairo," said the world No.2 on the eve of her departure to Egypt. "Not everyone gets to go into a World Championship to defend their title so I am looking forward to having that experience.

"I have some good memories of playing in Egypt and I am excited to head back there.

"We had a great week in Niagara last week and it meant so much to finally get a gold medal in the teams event," added the 31-year-old from Preston. "I hope I can capitalise on my form there and play well this week in Cairo."

Massaro, the second seed, will face a qualifier in the opening round before a predicted clash with top seed Nicol David in the final.

Boasting 48 courts, Wadi Degla is the biggest chain of squash clubs in Egypt - and one of the biggest groups of sporting clubs in the world, with a combined membership worldwide in excess of 500,000.