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Squash: Nour El Sherbini gives Egypt its first British Open title for women

El Sherbini says she is proud to be the first ever Egyptian winner of such an event

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Sunday 27 Mar 2016
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Nour El-Sherbini wins British Open title for the first time
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World number five Nour El Sherbini defeated compatriot Nouran Gohar in an all-Egyptian final to give the country its first  British Open title for women on Sunday.

In an exciting game that lasted for 75 minutes, El-Sherbini had the upper hand with a (11/7, 9/11, 7/11, 11/6, 11/8 ) win over world No.8 Gohar to become the champion of the most prestigious tournament in Squash.

"I'm speechless, I don't feel anything," El Sherbini said after the match.

"I am so proud today to be one of the four finalists, and proud to be the first ever Egyptian winner of such an event. I am humbled.

"It's really weird to think I'm the British Open Champion.

"All my life, I've been looking up to the top players, but I never thought that one day I'd be one of them," she added.

On Saturday, Egypt guaranteed its first ever British Open title after seeing El Sherbini and Gohar deliver outstanding performances to reach the final.

El Sherbini defeated five-time champion and world's No.2 Nicol David of Malaysia 3-1 and Gohar overcame defending champion and world No.4 Camille Serme 3-2 in the semis.

El Sherbini came closest to landing the British Open title in 2012 when she was only 16, losing to Nicol David in the final.

Egypt also triumphed in another all-Egyptian final in the men's contest, with Mohamed Elshorbagy retaining his title after beating Ramy Ashour 3-0 in Sunday's final. 

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