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Kheirallah Conquers Teen El Sherbini In Cairo Classic Final

ATCO Miro Classic 2009
26-29 Jun, Cairo, Egypt, $8k
Round One
27 Jun
27 Jun
28 Jun
9 Jun
[1] Engy Kheirallah (Egy)
11/4, 11/4, 11/4
[Q] Haida Lala (Egy)
Engy Kheirallah
11/7, 11/4, 11/6
Nour Baghat
Engy Kheirallah
11/5, 11/6, 11/4 (20m)
Amanda Sobhy
Engy Kheirallah
11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 7-11, 11-7
Nour El Sherbini
[8] Milou Van Der Heijden (Ned)
11/8, 11/4, 11/3
Nour Baghat (Egy)
[3] Lucie Fialova (Cze)
11/8, 11/8, 11/5
Salma Hany (Egy)
Lucie Fialova
11/7, 4/11, 11/4, 11/4
Amanda Sobhy
[7] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
11/6, 9/11, 11/6, 11/6
Salma Nassar (Egy)
[Q] Yathreb Adel (Egy)
11/8, 11/8, 12/10
[5] Olivia Blatchford (Usa)
Yathreb Adel
11/8, 8/11, 11/7, 11/5
Kanzy El Defrawy
Kanzy El Defrawy
12/10, 11/6, 11/6 (45m)
Nour El Sherbini
Merhan Amr Mahmoud (Egy)
4/11, 11/1, 11/7, 11/3
[4] Kanzy El Defrawy (Egy)
Farah Abdel Meguid (Egy)
11/6, 11/4, 11/5
[6] Linda Hruzikova (Svk)
Linda Hruzikova
11/5, 11/2, 11/4
Nour El Sherbini
Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
11/9, 11/7, 11/6
[2] Heba El Torky (Egy)

Kheirallah Conquers Teen El Sherbini In Cairo Classic Final


Nour El Sherbini, the 13-year-old Egyptian who made history by becoming the youngest player ever to reach the final of a WISPA World Tour squash event, almost claimed a further record when she took experienced compatriot Engy Kheirallah to a fifth game decider in the climax of the ATCO Miro Classic No1 at the National Squash Stadium in the Egyptian capital Cairo.


Kheirallah, the 27-year-old top seed ranked 22 in the world, took the opening two games against her novice opponent - ranked more than 140 places lower.


But unseeded, and undaunted, El Sherbini - competing in only her third Tour event - battled back to draw level.


The favourite pulled ahead 7-1 in the fifth - but the never-say-die youngster again fought back to lead 8-7.  But former world No12 Kheirallah kept her composure and regained the lead before winning 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 7-11, 11-7 in a dramatic encounter which lasted well over one hour.


"I'm so glad I got that start in the fifth, I wouldn't have won without it," explained the relieved winner afterwards.  "After I got to 7-1, I was rushing to finish it - but these juniors, they have no pressure:  they just go on playing until the end!


"She's such a good player, one of the best under-nineteens in the world already.  You really can't call her a junior any more playing like that, she doesn't play junior squash.


"She played really well in the third and fourth.  I lost concentration a little and panicked after a few calls went against me - but in the end I'm happy to get away with that one."


It was Kheirallah's second Tour final appearance on home soil in two months - but her first title triumph since November 2005.


El Sherbini Is Youngest WISPA Tour Finalist


Nour El Sherbini, a 13-year-old Egyptian competing in only her third WISPA World Tour squash event, became the youngest finalist in the history of the Women's International Squash Players' Association when she reached the climax of the ATCO Miro Classic No1 at the National Squash Stadium in the Egyptian capital Cairo.


Unseeded, El Sherbini made her breakthrough in the opening round of the $8,000 event when she beat second-seeded compatriot Heba El Torky - an 18-year-old seeded to reach next month's world junior championship final - 11-9, 11-7, 11-6.


Only seven months into her teens, El Sherbini went on to beat sixth-seeded Slovakian Linda Hruzikova, also in straight games, before toppling fellow countrywoman Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy, the No4 seed, 12-10, 11-6, 11-6 in 45 minutes to reach her historic final.


The youngster, the reigning British Junior U15 Open champion, now meets top seed Engy Kheirallah in the final.  Kheirallah, a former world No12 more than twice El Sherbini's age, has also reached the final without dropping a game.


In the other semi-final, the 27-year-old world No22 from Cairo took only 20 minutes to beat Amanda Sobhy, the No7 seed from the USA, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4.