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Carol Weymuller Open 2015

  Carol Weymuller Open 2015
01-05 Oct
Brooklyn, NY, USA, $50k
Round One
01/02 Oct
03 Oct
04 Oct
05 Oct
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY)
11/6, 11/7, 5/11, 7/11, 11/5
Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
Raneem El Welily
15-13, 11-7, 11-8
Joey Chan
Raneem El Welily
11-13, 11-4, 11-9,
 Nour El Sherbini
Nour El Sherbini
11-5, 11-6, 11-3
Joelle King
[8] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
119, 11/5, 10/12, 12/10
[Q] Joey Chan (HKG)
[5] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
11/6, 11/7, 11/9
Delia Arnold (MAS)
Nour El Sherbini
12-10, 11-1, 11-4, 12-10
Omneya Abdel Kawy
[4] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)
12/10, 9/11, 11/3, 9/11, 11/3
Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
[wc] Joelle King (NZL)
11/6, 8/11, 14/12, 11/8
[3] Alison Waters (ENG)
Joelle King
11-9, 13-11, 11-9
Sarah-Jane Perry
Joelle King
11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-8
 Joshana Chinappa
[Q] Kanzy El Dafrawy (EGY)
5/11, 11/9, 11/2, 11/9
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
[Q] Joshana Chinappa (IND)
4/11, 16/14, 11/7, 11/4
[7] Emma Beddoes (Eng)
Joshana Chinappa
11-9. 8-11, 5-11, 11-8
Salma Hany
[Q] Salma Hany (EGY)
12/10, 8/11, 11/7, 4/11, 11/9
[2] Laura Massaro (ENG)
RESULTS: Carol Weymuller Open, New York, USA
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El Sherbini Takes Carol Weymuller Crown

Nour El Sherbini, the 19-year-old Egyptian World No.7, collected the fifth PSA World Tour title of her career after comfortably dismissing former World No.4 Joelle King 3-0 in the final of the 2015 Carol Weymuller Open, PSA W50 tournament.

El Sherbini last tasted success in April 2014 at the Texas Open but looked to be back to the form that took her as high as World No.4 earlier this year as she outplayed her Kiwi opponent from the start, producing an assured display that will take her into the forthcoming Delaware Investments US Open full of confidence.

“I was really focused and really wanted to win tonight,” said EL Sherbini.

“I was trying to be patient and calm and just wait for the right opportunity and that made the difference. It was also great to have my brother here and to finally have won a tournament in front of him.

After the match King said: “All credit to Nour, she played impeccable squash and capitalised on every opportunity and didn’t let me play my way into the game.”

El Sherbini Shocks World No.1 In New York

World No.1 Raneem El Welily’s hopes of winning a second consecutive PSA World Tour title at the start of the 2015/16 season were crushed by compatriot Nour El Sherbini after the 19-year-old won their semi-final encounter at the 2015 Carol Weymuller Open, PSA W50 tournament.

El Welily triumphed at the Stars On The Bund China Open in early September to celebrate knocking Nicol David off the top of the world rankings for the first time in nine years but the 26-year-old from Alexandria will now be looking over her shoulder after falling to a 3-1 defeat to El Sherbini in a flamboyant encounter that re-opened the battle to be No.1.

It was El Welily who edged a close opening game, using experience to her advantage as she sneaked ahead 13-11, but from that point on it was the younger Egyptian who controlled the encounter, producing some exquisite attacking play to extend a 2-1 game advantage. El Sherbini then stormed home in the fourth, out-playing an out of sorts looking El Welily is every corner of the court.

“I’m really really happy I won,” said El Sherbini. “She’s my model in squash.

“Raneem has a lot of skills and is really fast and she deserves to be World No.1. I’m really, really happy to win this match as last time I played her was three years ago in this very court and I lost 3-1.

“Joelle has just come from an injury and it’s great to see her competing as before. Hopefully it’s going to be a nice match. I’ll try to relax and forget about today and remember that there’s one more match to go.”

El Sherbini will now take on former World No.4 Joelle King in the final after the tournament wildcard ended the run of in-form qualifier Joshana Chinappa after a tight 3-1 encounter.

El Welily Survives Scare At Carol Weymuller

Twenty-four hours after watching number two seed Laura Massaro and number three seed Alison Waters suffer shock first round defeats at the 2015 Carol Weymuller Open World No.1 Raneem El Welily was forced to call on all of her experience and talent to avoid a similar fate at the hands of Indian number one Dipika Pallikal.

El Welily began the encounter in impressive fashion as she stormed into a two-game lead and appeared to be cruising into the quarter-finals before 24-year-old Chennai based Pallikal produced an inspired comeback, playing all out attack to overwhelm the Egyptian and dictate the play as she levelled the match and forced a decider.

With El Welily struggling for consistency Pallikal pressed her advantage at the start of the fifth but couldn’t maintain her composure, producing a series of errors which allowed the 26-year-old from Alexandria to regain her footing in the match and she made the most of the reprieve, taking the match 11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 7-11, 11-5.

“I feel like there’s lots of pressure on me at the moment,” said El Welily.

“Being World No.1 and the rankings being so close makes me feel the importance of every point. I lose my game when I play with pressure but I am constantly learning to play with it.”

El Welily will now take on qualifier Joey Chan in the quarter-finals after the Hong Kong number two knocked out number eight seed Rachel Grinham 3-1 in what was just her second victory in the last three years over the former World No.1.

Elsewhere Egyptian pairing Nour El Sherbini and Omneya Abdel Kawy also progressed into the last eight, with Sherbini comfortably seeing off Delia Arnold 3-0 and Kawy coming through a titanic 3-2 encounter with Jenny Duncalf.

Ibrahim Stuns Massaro in Carol Weymuller Open

Egyptian qualifier Salma Hany Ibrahim scored arguably the biggest scalp of her career so far as she shocked World No.3 and former World Champion Laura Massaro in the opening round of the Carol Weymuller Open, PSA W50 event – a year after she was knocked out at the quarter-final stage by the Englishwoman.

The match started at a ferocious pace with Ibrahim counter attacking Massaro's short game to edge the opening game courtesy of a 12-10 tie-break. Massaro came out much improved in the second and the number two seed gained governance of the 'T' as she levelled things up heading in to game three.

Some unforced errors from Massaro enabled Ibrahim to reclaim her lead in the third after an 11-7 triumph but Massaro dominated the fourth to ensure parity as the match drew to its conclusion. However, 19-year-old Hany surged into a 9-4 lead in the fifth and resisted a late charge from Massaro to seal the victory with a 12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9 scoreline, securing her first ever victory over Massaro in the process.

“I’m speechless,” said Ibrahim.

“It’s not that I can’t believe I won, it’s that I pushed myself so much when I was tired. I didn’t want to lose this time after last year but I still had a feeling that I wasn't going to win even though I was playing well. I made myself smaller goals and just told myself to take it one point at a time because it felt harder when I told myself that I had to win.

“When it was 2-2, Omneya [Abdel Kawy], Raneem [El Welily] and Nour [El Sherbini] told me not to lose my focus like last time. I’m also impressed with my nick and boast at match ball.”

Ibrahim will meet fellow qualifier Joshana Chinappa in the quarter-final after the Indian No.2 surprised seventh seed Emma Beddoes in a 3-1 triumph.

The upsets didn't end there as wildcard Joelle King, the former World No.4, stunned defending champion Alison Waters in four games to eliminate the number three seed. The encounter featured a lot of high-calibre squash with King eventually prevailing with an 11-6, 8-11, 14-12, 11-8 victory.

She will line up against Sarah-Jane Perry in the last eight after the World No.12 secured her quarter-final berth courtesy of an assured display against Kanzy Emad El Defrawy.


Carol Weymuller Open To Reach New Heights in 2015

Squash fans attending the 2015 Carol Weymuller Open will be treated to some of the best squash ever witnessed in New York when five of the world’s top ten players will descend on Brooklyn’s Heights Casino on Monday October 1st for the PSA W50 tournament.

One of the most anticipated PSA Women’s events of the year, the Carol Weymuller has developed a reputation as a must-win tournament and this year the draw will be headed by Egyptian World No.2 Raneem El Welily - the dazzling shot-maker who has dominated on the PSA World Tour so far in 2015.

El Welily has claimed three of four major titles on offer in the calendar year and she’ll be keen to keep that run going as she bids to overtake Nicol David as the World No.1 - but with the likes of 2013 World Champion Laura Massaro and World Nos 6-8 - Alison Waters, Omneya Abdel Kawy and Nour El Sherbini - all the in the mix, El Welily’s path to glory will be fraught with difficulty.

She will begin her title bid against compatriot and 2015 World Junior champion Nouran Gohar in a mouthwatering first round encounter before a potential quarter-final matchup with 2007 World Championship winner Rachel Grinham.

“We’re delighted to see such a varied selection of the world’s best players attending this year’s Carol Weymuler Open in what looks certain to be an incredibly exciting tournament here in Brooklyn,” said tournament promoter Linda Elriani.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome the stars of the sport to New York every year and this year’s draw promises to continue to build on our reputation as one of the most exciting and competitive tournaments on the PSA World Tour and I cannot wait to see everything get underway in October.”