Nicol David with the 2014 Women's World Championship title
Throwback Thursday: David Captures Eighth World Championship Title in Cairo
The line-up for the 2016 Wadi Degla PSA Men’s World Championship was announced earlier this week as the world’s top 112 players get set to descend on Cairo, Egypt next month to compete for the most prestigious and coveted title in the world of squash.
A multi-cultural field – featuring players from 31 countries across six continents – will battle it out for a share of the lucrative $325,000 prize purse when the most illustrious tournament on the PSA World Tour calendar takes place between Thursday October 27 – Friday November 4.
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The last time a World Championship took place in Cairo was two years ago – where the 2014 Women’s World Championship provided one of the most riveting and nail-biting finals of all time.
The upsets began from the first round, when current World No.1 and World Champion Nour El Sherbini fell to a then unknown Nouran Gohar just nine months after reaching the final of the previous World Championship in Penang.
Round one was plain sailing for the likes of Malaysian superstar Nicol David, defending champion Laura Massaro and home hero Raneem El Welily though, with the title contenders all getting off to winning starts.
Massaro was to taste defeat in the quarter-final stage, however, to fellow Englishwoman Alison Waters, who moved on to face El Welily in the last four, while David took on Omneya Abdel Kawy for a place in the final.
David had crashed out at the semi-final stage of the previous World Championship on home soil and was pushed to the brink by Kawy, finding herself 2-1 down and on the cusp of elimination.
But the then World No.1 fought back, taking the next two games without reply to set up a final meeting with El Welily, who downed Waters in four.
Playing in front of a passionate crowd at her home club, El Welily came out on top of some thrilling exchanges to go 2-1 ahead and, with the clock ticking over the hour mark, the shot-making sensation amassed four championship balls, seemingly destined to become the first Egyptian to lift squash’s biggest prize.
Cue an astonishing fightback from David, who dug into the mental reserves which had become hallmarks of her decade-long dominance of the sport, to overturn the deficit and lift an incredible eighth World Championship crown.
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