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Squash: El-Sherbini ends Hammamy's fairytale run to reach the World Women Championship final

Karim Farouk , Thursday 31 Oct 2019
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Nour El-Sherbini, left, during the semi-final game against Hania El-Hammamy on Thursday (Photo: Official Twitter account of Squash World Championship)
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Egypt and World number 2 Nour El-Sherbini defeated surprise package Hania El-Hammamy in straight sets to reach her sixth World Championship final on Thursday.

The 11-6, 11-2 and 11-5 hammering in 34 minutes puts El-Sherbini on the brink of a fourth World title after her previous accolades in 2015, 2016 and 2018-19.

19-year old Hammamy, who was crowned World Junior Champion in August, had a dream run this year as she reached the semi-finals in his first ever appearance in the competition after beating World number 3 Camille Serme of France on Wednesday.

El-Hammamy seemed totally exhausted following her marathon game in the quarter-final against Serme that lasted for 69 minutes.

“Hania is an amazing player, she is only 19 and is playing in the semi-final of the World Championship,” said El Sherbini afterwards.

“She got a huge win yesterday and I’m sure that it is still in her mind. I wanted to start from the first point in the match and just to keep going as much as I could.

“I’m really grateful that I’m standing here right now and I’m playing this tournament. I’m in the final, so I’m really grateful and hopefully not losing a game will give me a good advantage tomorrow.”

Defending Champion El-Sherbini, who is playing her first major tournament since her return from a knee injury, will face her compatriot and World number's 1 Raneem El-Welily in the final match on Friday.

Earlier on Thursday, El-Welily beat Nouran Gohar  3-1 in the other semi-final.

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