Nour El-Sherbiny, the Egyptian star for squash, imposed her dominance on the world championship after retaining her title for the fourth consecutive time and the sixth in her history, after defeating her fellow in the Egyptian national team, Nouran Gohar (No. 1), in a strong match that lasted for about an hour. El-Sherbiny won 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, and 11-7 in the final of the tournament, which was held at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo, with a total of financial prizes considered the largest in the history of squash tournaments.
El-Sherbiny won her sixth title in the history of the World Squash Championship, winning the title in 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. She is now close to equalling the record of Malaysian legend Nicole David, who won 8 titles.
El-Sherbiny started this tournament by defeating Spanish Cristina Gomez (No. 51) 3-0, before she beat Kenzi Ayman (No. 79) 3-1, and in the 8th round, she beat Belgium’s Tesny Gillis (No. 13) 3-0. She also defeated Sarah Jean-Pierre (No.6) 3-1, in the quarter-finals, and in the semi-finals, she defeated Nour Al-Tayeb 3-1.
It was the eighth final for El-Sherbiny and the seventh in a row in the world championship, as she has not missed the final since 2015.
El-Sherbiny is the youngest player in the world to win the World Junior Championships. In 2009, she won the World Junior Championships held in India under 19 years and won the title of the youngest player in the world to win a championship at the age of 13. She also won the England Open Championship for juniors under 13, 15 and 19 for five consecutive times, she was named the best young player in the world. She also succeeded in being the youngest player in the world to enter the list of the top 10 ranking positions in squash in the world.
Meanwhile, Ali Farag won the men’s world championship for the third time in his history and the second in a row after defeating his fellow Mohamed El Shorbagy 3-2 in the final match.
Thus, Nour El-Sherbiny and Ali Farag will qualify for the finals of the CIB PSA World Tour tournament, which will be held in Cairo next June, which brings together the world champions and winners in all the professional tournaments.
Egypt’s hosting of the World Squash Championship is a continuation of the series of Egyptian achievements in hosting the largest and most powerful international and world championships in the world, which came after a great effort and development of the sports infrastructure in Egypt, in addition to the development of a well-thought-out plan to advance players in all different sports to represent appropriately in the name and international standing of Egypt.
Ashraf Sobhi, Minister of Youth and Sports, expressed his happiness with the arrival of Egyptian players to the final rounds of the tournament, stressing that the Egyptian players are firmly in control of squash, and they are still writing their names in the global squash sky, noting that the wonderful level that appeared during the tournament calls for The pride of all the Egyptian players participating in the tournament, and an incentive for all the young players to achieve the impossible and reach the highest possible level for them.