Egypt’s World No.2 Nour El Sherbini marched through to the semi-finals of the CIB PSA Women’s World Championship after defeating New Zealand’s World No.6 Joelle King in straight games.
El Sherbini, who is featuring in her first tournament of the season, showed no signs of letting the injury that has kept her out of the start of the season affect her as she moved well on court to take the opening two games.
King managed to battle back from 5-0 down in the third to draw level and pile the pressure on the reigning World Champion in the third, holding game balls at 10-8. However, it was the Egyptian who was able to take the win, on her second attempt, with a tight 13-11 margin in the third.
“I’m really happy with my performance,” said 23-year-old El Sherbini afterwards.
“I’m back into the semis in my first tournament back. It was very tough from the start of the match, but I’m really happy with how I played and how I managed to end the third game.
“I don’t want to put any pressure on myself, I just want to enjoy my squash and the atmosphere and the crowd gives me the support and I’m going to take it as an advantage.
“It’s really good that we have a tournament here in Egypt, so that young juniors can come and watch and hopefully they can learn and we can see them in the future.”
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt  Joelle King (NZL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 13-11 (38m)