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Nour El Sherbini (left) and Nouran Gohar are among the contenders for the Women's World Championships

Women's World Championships: The Contenders

The CIB PSA Women’s World Championship begins this week, and in the past there have been some great players that have lifted the iconic trophy.

This year, the tournament will take place in front of the stunning backdrop of the Pyramids of Giza, as the world’s best go head-to-head for the title between October 24-November 1.

Here, we take a look at some of the major contenders for the big prize.

Raneem El Welily

El Welily is the 2017 Women's World Champion

Egypt’s World No.1 Raneem El Welily will once again be one of the main women to beat in Giza this week, as she aims for a second World Championship crown to add to her 2017 victory.

She has been in decent form to start the season, reaching the finals of both her first two events, including taking the title at the Oracle NetSuite Open in San Francisco.

El Welily is the top seed in this season’s World Championship draw, and she will face a wildcard in the first round, fellow Egyptian Sana Ibrahim.

Nour El Sherbini

El Sherbini is the reigning World Champion

World No.2 Nour El Sherbini will feature for the first time on the PSA World Tour this season, as she returns from a knee injury which has kept her out.

She will return as the defending World Champion, having claimed the title at the biggest event in the history of the sport, the 2018-2019 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter family.

The reigning champ will face England’s Rachael Chadwick in the first round, and the pair will be meeting for the first time on the PSA World Tour.

Camille Serme

Camille Serme is the leading European in the field

World No.4 Camille Serme is the leading non-Egyptian in the women’s game at the moment, and she comes into this tournament with a win under her belt already this season.

‘La Panthere’ won her home event, the Open de France – Nantes, defeating Amanda Sobhy in the final. She is also a three-time World Championships semi-finalist, and will be looking to go further than that in 2019-2020.

The Frenchwoman will face Egypt’s Salma Youssef in the first round of the World Championships, with a second round clash on the glass court awaiting the winner.

Nouran Gohar

Gohar is the new U.S. Open Champion

2019 U.S. Open victor Nouran Gohar will be aiming to become a World Champion for the first time, as she looks for victory in Giza this week.

‘The Terminator’ has made at least the last eight at the last four World Championships, including two semi-final appearances, but in the form she is in, she will be looking to make the final.

Gohar’s first round clash is against Low Wee Wern, with the pair meeting for the second time on the PSA World Tour, after a battle at the Tournament of Champions earlier this year.

Nour El Tayeb

El Tayeb won the China Open earlier this season

The fourth Egyptian in the top five is Nour El Tayeb, who has started the season well, having lifted the China Squash Open title. She also made the final of the Oracle NetSuite Open.

El Tayeb made the final of the World Championships for the first time in her career in Chicago in February, losing out to Nour El Sherbini at Union Station.

This time round, she will start her title tilt with a match-up against young French star Melissa Alves. The ‘Black Widow’ won the only previous match between them, at the Worlds in Chicago.

Joelle King

King comes into the event searching for form

New Zealand’s Joelle King has not started the season in great form, having failed to make the semi finals of any of her first three events, including a premature exit at the U.S. Open, where she lost in the last 16.

The Kiwi is a serial quarter-finalist at the World Championships, having made it into the last eight at the last two editions, including in Chicago in February.

King will start her Giza run against Hong Kong’s Tsz-Wing Tong, with the aim of winning a first World Championship title.

Sarah-Jane Perry

Perry is the England No.1

England’s No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry has started the season in good fashion, reaching the semi-finals of the Open de France – Nantes, and the last eight in both San Francisco and Philadelphia.

The World Championships have not been a happy hunting ground for the World No.7, with just one quarter-final appearance in her career. She will be looking to reach that stage, and go further this time round.

Perry starts her World Champs run against Filipino No.1 Jemyca Aribado, with the pair meeting for the first time. Aribado is one of the two WSF Invitees into the event.

Amanda Sobhy

Sobhy has already reached one final this season

Our final contender for the World Championship title is US No.1 Amanda Sobhy, who has started the season well. She reached the final in Nantes, before then making the last eight in both San Francisco and at the U.S. Open.

Due to injuries, Sobhy has only featured in four previous World Championships, reaching the quarter finals in the 2015 edition of the tournament.

She will start her week in Giza against Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramanium, with the pair meeting for the first time on the PSA World Tour.

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