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Raneem El Welily (right) in action against Joshna Chinappa

El Welily Powers Past Chinappa To Reach Final Of Oracle NetSuite

World No.1 Raneem El Welily is through to the final of the Oracle NetSuite Open after she defeated India’s Joshna Chinappa in just 14 minutes in the last four in San Francisco.

The Egyptian had won six of the seven previous clashes between the pair, and she came firing out of the blocks to start this one, winning ten of the first twelve points to start the match.

Chinappa tried to fight back, saving three game balls, but El Welily got over the line in the first, taking it 10-5. She found herself trailing in the second at several points, but the World No.1 was able to fight back to take it 11-7 to finish the match off in just 14 minutes.

El Welily now goes through to face compatriot Nour El Tayeb in a repeat of the China Open final form earlier this month. The World No.1 will be looking for revenge after EL Tayeb took victory in Shanghai.

“I am happy to be in the final again. I have had good results so far and hopefully I can go one further tomorrow. It is still too early to think about that but I am happy with how I played today,” El Welily admitted.

“I have been playing with Joshna since we were kids, we go way back. She has always had those killing shots out of nowhere and she can play them at any time. Obviously, I was prepared for a strong opponent, but I just had to be sharp today.

“It feels good. We [herself and husband, Tarek] are just enjoying our time, trying to give our best on court. It is not about making it to finals, just trying to give it your best.

“Nour [El Tayeb] is playing well so far this season and she has had good results to start it, so obviously it will be a tough match, but I am going to be prepared for sure.”

Result – Women’s Semi Final: Oracle NetSuite Open
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [8] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 2-0: 11-5, 11-7 (14m)

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