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WWC Update: Brilliant El Sherbini Downs Gohar to Reach Final


Egyptian World No.2 Nour El Sherbini continued her devastating form so far in the Naza PSA Women’s World Championship after a dominant semi-final victory over compatriot and World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar in Bukit Jalil – which has set up a mouthwatering final encounter with World No.1 Laura Massaro in a repeat of the 2013 final in the same country.

El Sherbini had been pushed all the way to five games by Gohar in last month’s Allam British Open final but the 20-year-old, who became the first female Egyptian to win that tournament, was on fire this time around and controlled proceedings as she prevented Gohar from building any rhythm.

After seeing off eight-time World Champion Nicol David in the previous round, a superb 29-minutes of squash from the most in-form woman on the PSA World Tour saw her take out Gohar with 11-5 victories in all three games. She will go up against Massaro with the goal of becoming the first Egyptian player ever to win the biggest title in Women’s squash.

“Me and Laura have played a lot against each other and she is playing really well this tournament,” said El Sherbini.

“We always play out five games, but I’m going to keep going the way I am. I am going to give it everything and I’m sure it is going to be a good match.”

El Sherbini saw Massaro play out a tense 61-minute encounter with her fellow Egyptian, Raneem El Welily, which the Englishwoman won 3-2, but El Sherbini doesn’t think that Massaro’s exploits over five games will have any impact on the final.

“I’m sure she is going to be be okay, it’s always a tough game, so it doesn’t matter if it finishes in three or five, it’s harder on the head more than the body,” she said.

“I really want to win this tournament, for my country, for Raneem and Nouran and for everyone. I really want this badly so I am going to give it everything and hopefully it will be mine this time.”

Result – Semi-Final: Naza PSA Women’s World Championship
[5] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [8] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (29m)

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