Squash: El Welily crowns No. 1 ranking with China Open title
- Updated: September 7, 2015
September 7, 2015: Raneem El Welily followed up her recent promotion to World No. 1 by defeating compatriot Nouran Gohar 3-0 in the final of the Stars On The Bund China Open in Shanghai.
Gohar had reached the final of the PSA W50 tournament after a succession of upsets, including an impressive 3-1 win over former No. 1 Nicol David. However, El Welily reinforced why she now tops the rankings with an assured performance that secured off her fourth major title of the year.
The 26-year-old from Alexandria overcame her 17-year-old challenger in just 32 minutes to take the title for the loss of just one game during the entire tournament.
“I’m very glad with how I started the season and how I was focused and steady throughout the tournament,” El Welily said.
“I won today against a real fighter that will soon break into the top 10 and make Egypt proud as well as my other team mates, so I’m very pleased. It has been a crazy time lately so thanks to everyone who sent me messages and wishes.”
In the men’s M100 tournament, World No. 3 Gregory Gaultier saw off Marwan Elshorbagy to pick up the 30th tour title of his career with a 3-0 victory. “I’m very happy to win the first tournament after the summer training break,” Gaultier said.
 Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-0: 13-11, 11-9, 11-7 (32m)
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) v 3-0: 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 (40m)
Source: PSA World Tour (www.psaworldtour.com); Editing by SportAsia