33-year-old Egyptian Omneya Abel Kawy, winner of eight PSA World Titles and a three-time Women’s World Team Championship winner, has retired from the PSA World Tour following a pioneering 20-year career as a professional.
The Giza-born, Cairo-resident, is one of Egypt’s greatest female players and a pioneering presence on the women’s squash scene – becoming the first Egyptian female to win the World Junior Championship, reach the final of the senior World Championships and also the first Egyptian female player to rank inside the World’s Top 4 on the PSA World Rankings.
A serial PSA World Tour Platinum event quarter-finalist, Kawy was known for her sublime racket skills and ability to hit winners from all angles on the court while her success first as a junior, reaching eight British Junior Open Championship finals and claiming the World Junior title, and later as a senior player, reaching 32 PSA finals and competing in 474 matches at 194 events, saw her blaze a trail for younger Egyptian players such as Raneem El Welily, Nour El Sherbini and Nour El Tayeb to follow.
The birth of her first son, Selim, in 2017 saw her take a break from competing and with increasing family and coaching commitments at Wadi Degla, she has decided the time is right to hand up her racket.
Congrats on a fantastic career
omneyakawy</a> Thanks for all the battles over the years. Loved our matches, even though I couldn’t see where the ball was going half the time!! You have inspired so many people. Enjoy the next chapter with your family </p>— Alison Waters (Aliwat1) November 30, 2018
“At the moment I am able to train at about 30% of what I used to be able to do,” she said.
“And nowadays with the depth in game being as tough as it is, it just isn’t enough to enable me to play squash the way I want to play squash. I started coaching a long time ago when I was still on Tour, and helping the other girls, and I want to keep helping others and get them to benefit from my experience.”
End of an era with
omneyakawy</a> retiring. My bogey player since juniors! The most skilful & naturally talented player I have ever played against. Congrats on an amazing career & for paving the way for the Egyptian women of today. A truly gifted squash player x <a href="https://t.co/ZxUJnSGJcz">pic.twitter.com/ZxUJnSGJcz</a></p>— Jenny Duncalf (JennyDuncalf) November 30, 2018
PSA CEO Alex Gough said: “Omneya is without doubt one of the kindest players to have appeared on the PSA World Tour and a player who’s achievements throughout her career really helped pave the way for a generation of Egyptian girls to follow their dreams and succeed in squash.
“As a presence both on and off court at PSA events she will be missed, however I am sure we will continue to feel her impact in the sport as she continues to expand her coaching commitments in Cairo and help inspire more young players to follow their squash dreams.”
Congratulations on an amazing career
omneyakawy</a> enjoyed watching your career since junior days. Enjoy the next chapter with your family <a href="https://t.co/PUsMsGJWz5">https://t.co/PUsMsGJWz5</a></p>— Nick Matthew OBE (nickmatthew) November 30, 2018
Hear hear, fantastic career
omneyakawy</a> amazingly skilful player and a joy to watch. Enjoy your family time... <a href="https://t.co/NTqSJxr9tN">https://t.co/NTqSJxr9tN</a></p>— Daryl Selby (DarylSelby) November 30, 2018