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Squash: El Welily crowns No. 1 ranking with China Open title

Raneem El Welily won the China Open to follow up her new No. 1 ranking. Photo: PSA.

Raneem El Welily won the China Open to follow up her new No. 1 ranking. Photo: PSA.

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.

 

Women’s Final:

[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-0: 13-11, 11-9, 11-7 (32m)

 

Men’s Final: 

[2] 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

 

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