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Squash: Egypt's El-Welily loses nail-biting World final against Malaysia's David

Ahram Online , Saturday 20 Dec 2014
Raneem El-Welily
Egypt's Raneem El-Welily (L) loses to Malaysia's Nicol David in the World Squash Championship final (Photo: Squash site)

Raneem El-Welily was on the verge of becoming the first Egyptian to win the women's World Squash Championship but ended up losing to world number one Nicol David of Malaysia 3-2 in Saturday's final in Cairo.

David claimed a record-extending eighth title after ending the resistance of world number three El-Welily in the decisive game, winning 11-5.

The most thrilling game was the fourth as El-Welily came on the brink of making history, drawing cheers from the enthusiastic crowd in Wadi Degla.

The 25-year-old led 10-6 but squandered four match balls to lose 14-12 as David forced a decider.

"I told myself I wanted to win the last point. I just kept repeating that: it isn't over until it's over," David was quoted as saying by after the tie.

"Raneem was just playing too well, I just had to find something in me. I just wouldn’t let go, and just kept fighting."

El Welily prevailed 11-5 in the first game but David won the second 11-8.

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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