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Raneem El Welily (left) Nour El Sherbini (right)

Throwback Thursday: Story of the 2016 PSA Women’s World Championships

The 2017 PSA Women’s World Championship takes place this week when the top players on the Women’s Tour will take part in the prestigious tournament to win squash’s biggest prize.

Join us as we take a look back at the last PSA Women’s World Championship, where Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini was aiming to retain her title.

Round one – results
[16] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [Q] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (32m)
[6] Nicol David (MAS) bt Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) 3-0: 11-9, 12-10, 11-6 (34m)
[14] Victoria Lust (ENG) bt [WC] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 (26m)
[10] Annie Au (HKG) bt [Q] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 3-0: 11-2, 11-8, 14-12 (31m)
[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [Q] Fiona Moverley (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 (26m)
[11] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [Q] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 (34m)
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [Q] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 3-0: 11-2, 11-4, 11-6 (25m)
[4] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (28m)
Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt [15] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 3-2: 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 10-12, 11-8 (67m)
[8] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [Q] Hana Ramadan (EGY) 3-1: 11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 11-5 (44m)
[9] Joelle King (NZL) bt Heba El Torky (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (33m)
[12] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [Q] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 3-0: 13-11, 11-8, 12-10 (33m)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Mariam Metwally (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-3 (30m)
[13] Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt [Q] Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (33m)
[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 3-0: 13-11, 11-7, 11-5 (34m)
[2] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Salma Hany (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (35m)

Egypt’s El Sherbini kicked off her title defence with a win over Canadian qualifier Samantha Cornett.

Meanwhile, second seed Camille Serme dispatched Salma Hany Ibrahim in straight games as all but one of the first-round matches went to seeding. Then-World No.27 Olivia Blatchford provided the only upset as she took out Australia’s Donna Urquhart – then ranked above Blatchford.

Round two – results
[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [14] Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7 (45m)
[6] Nicol David (MAS) bt [10] Annie Au (HKG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-4, 13-11 (37m)
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [16] Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-0: 13-11, 11-4, 11-4 (39m)
[4] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [11] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 12-10, 11-9 (46m)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [9] Joelle King (NZL) 3-1: 11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 13-11 (50m)
[12] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [8] Alison Waters (ENG) 3-2: 11-5, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 (66m)
[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt Olivia Blatchford (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-1 (24m)
[2] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [13] Emily Whitlock (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (30m)

England’s former World No.3 Alison Waters became the first top eight seeded player to bow out of the tournament as she fell to India’s Joshna Chinappa in the second round.

Elsewhere, Laura Massaro and Raneem El Welily ensured that they would go head-to-head in a mouth-watering quarter-final fixture after they claimed respective wins over New Zealand’s Joelle King and Blatchford.

Quarter-final – results
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 12-10 (41m)
[4] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [6] Nicol David (MAS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (45m)
[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [5] Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-1: 8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-6 (46m)
[2] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [12] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-2: 11-6, 10-12, 11-7, 8-11, 11-3 (70m)

El Sherbini continued her strong title defence as she dismantled England’s Sarah-Jane Perry in straight games, while fellow Egyptian Nouran Gohar also looked in strong form as she saw off eight-time World Champion Nicol David in straight games.

France’s Camille Serme also managed to keep her composure despite a fightback from India’s Joshna Chinappa in their match – which was moved to the plaster courts following heavy rain – to secure a semi-final berth.

Whilst, Egypt’s El Welily produced a masterclass in squash to come from a game down against England’s Massaro and set-up a semi-final clash with Serme.

Semi-final – results
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [4] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-1: 11-4, 11-4, 13-15, 11-9 (57m)
[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [2] Camille Serme (FRA) 3-1: 11-6, 2-11, 12-10, 11-5 (47m)

The French charge was halted at the semi-final stage though, as 2014 runner-up El Welily enjoyed a purple patch of shot making artistry, which set up the first ever all-Egyptian Women’s World Championship final – with El Sherbini negotiating her way past Gohar.

Final – results
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (40m)

El Welily headed into the final attempting to vanquish the memories of her capitulation in the 2014 final when she surrendered four championship balls to lose to David. However, she came up against defending champion El Sherbini – who was in spell-binding form.

The then-21-year-old hit her targets well and never allowed El Welily to get into the game, closing out the win by an 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 scoreline.

“I’m over the moon,” said El Sherbini following her win.

“It felt like I wasn’t going to win anything this season but once I knew it was going to be in Egypt, I was so excited.
“I’m really happy to win in front of my home crowd.”

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