Squash: Raneem El-Welily first Egyptian female to become world number one

Ahram Online , Tuesday 1 Sep 2015

El-Welily expressed joy as she became Egypt's first ever world number one ranked squash player

Raneem El-Welily
Egyptian Squash player Raneem El-Welily (L) (Photo: El-Welily's official Facebook page)

Raneem El-Welily became the first ever-Egyptian world number one ranking squash player after topping September's list, ending the nine-year reign of Malaysian Nicol David.

"I am so confused about this. I mean yes, I have reached the number one spot, yes I'm super happy that I achieved that and I've always wanted to be number one…to the point that sometimes people made fun of me, for saying that this is exactly my target and goal out loud," Raneem told the website Squashsite after the achievement.

The 26-year old, El-Welily, became world number one with 23,830 points from nine tournaments, leaving the second place for David who collected 22,825 points from eight tournaments.

"I am also very aware of the fact that I'm not sitting there comfortably. I'm barely touching it, what's the points difference again? It's so tiny, it's just a matter of calculation at this point," Raneem explained.

"So yes, I've reached that spot but I could be out of it in a month again, and that's okay because I still have to fight harder for it, because yes, I did well, but only for half a season. So I'm really excited to see how the next season will go.

"I'm sure that my family is extremely happy, my coaches too. I'm happy for them that all their hard work with me over the years paid off," the winner of World Junior Championships in 2005 and 2007 concluded.

Raneem has emerged as one of the most prominent players of the PSA Women’s World Tour since starting her professional career in 2002.

She entered the world's top twenty after winning her first senior title, the 2009 Heliopolis Open in Egypt.

In 2012, El Welily became World number two for the first time.

The Egyptian star reached the World Championships final for first time in 2014, but she lost to squash's biggest star, the current world number two, Nicol David.

Winning the 2015 titles of Tournament of Champions, the Windy City Open and the Alexandria International helped Raneem a lot to close the gap with number one David.

Her achievements continued in May as she was named as the PSA women's player of the year for the 2014/15 season.

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