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Squash: Egypt's El-Welily reaches World Championship final for first time

Ahram Online , Friday 19 Dec 2014
Raneem El-Welily
Raneem El-Welily celebrates her semi-final win over England's Alison Waters in the World Championship on Friday (Photo: Squash site)
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Raneem El-Welily booked her place in the World Squash Championship for the first time after securing a 3-1 victory over England’s Alison Waters in Cairo on Friday.

The 25-year-old and world number three won the first two games 11-6 and 11-9 before losing the third 9-11.

However, the fourth game went her way with a 11-5 win as El-Welily made up for two failed attempts to reach the final in the last two editions after last-four defeats.

She has set up a mouthwatering game against firm favourite Nicol David of Malaysia, the world number one who claimed a hard-fought 3-2 win over fellow Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy earlier in the day.

El-Welily famously beat David in the final of the Malaysian Open in 2012. However, she lost to her in the Hong Kong Open final twice in 2011 and 2013. 

Egyptians Omneya Abdel Kawy and Nour El-Sherbini reached the World Championships final in 2010 and 2013 but lost to Nicole David and Laura Massaro respectively.

No Egyptian has yet won the women's World Championship. 

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