OCTOBER - WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE MONTH
El Welily wins Squash Player’s Player of the
El Welily has been named Squash Player’s Female
Player of the Month for October after becoming the first
Egyptian woman to win the $100,000 Al-Ahram Open.
he world no.5 ended a PSA Tour title drought lasting six
months by edging out her top-seeded compatriot, Nour El
Sherbini, 3/2 in a thrilling final lasting just over an hour in
front of the Giza pyramids.
27-year-old from Cairo looked to be cruising to victory
when she opened up a 2/0 lead, but El Sherbini battled
back to level, before El Welily claimed the decider in an 11-
5, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7 success.
- She said
afterwards: “Nour is the best player out there at
the moment in women’s squash. She played a great match
and really pushed hard until the end.
- “I think
we both gave it everything we had – which is fitting
for this final in this amazing location.”
- El Welily
now moves on to the U.S. Open, where she will be bidding for her
first World Series triumph since the Windy City Open in March.