El Sherbini Becomes Youngest Tour Title Winner Of All-Time

Nour El Sherbini, the Egyptian who became the youngest ever world squash champion last year at the age of 13, has now become the youngest women’s Tour title winner in history after claiming the El-Kersh Women’s Heliopolis Open crown in her country’s capital Cairo.

The 14-year-old from Alexandria, the event’s fifth seed, made her breakthrough in the quarter-finals where she despatched second-seeded Dane Line Hansen.

Her final opponent was top seed Rachael Grinham, the former world champion and world number one from Australia who cruised through the earlier rounds without dropping a game.

And the 33-year-old Queenslander looked to be heading to her 31st career title – but the first of the year – as she took the opening two games.

Leading 6-5 in the third game, Grinham suffered a muscle strain in her left calf, however, and decided to concede the match.

“I thought I’d better not continue as it might be worse,” said the experienced Australian number one. “I will know what the situation is tomorrow.”

The outcome led to El Sherbini becoming the youngest Tour title winner ever – beating the previous record set in September 2009 when India’s Anaka Alankamony won the Indian Challenger No1 trophy on home soil, at the age of 15 years and 2 months.

“It is my first WISPA title,” said El Sherbini. “I am sorry for Rachael; I wish her well in recovering soon.”

[5] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 6-11, 9-11, 5-6 ret. (21m)

El Sherbini Makes Heliopolis Final

Nour El Sherbini, the 14-year-old Egyptian who became the youngest ever WISPA World Tour finalist last year, reached her second Tour final after upsetting compatriot Nour El Tayeb in the semi-finals of the El-Kersh Women’s Heliopolis Squash Open, the $25,300 event at the Heliopolis Sporting Club in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

The former world junior champion from Alexandria recovered from losing the first game to beat her 17-year-old opponent 8-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9 in 42 minutes.

The promising youngster, ranked 40 in the world, will have her work cut out in the final, where she faces former world champion and world number one Rachael Grinham, ranked 37 places higher!

The top seed from Australia coasted to an 11-1, 11-7, 11-5 win over India’s No3 seed Joshna Chinappa in the other semi in just 19 minutes.

While El Sherbini is celebrating her second Tour final appearance, it is the 56th of Grinham’s illustrious career. A win for Grinham would mark the Queenslander’s 31st Tour title – whereas success for El Sherbini would make the 14-year-old the youngest ever WISPA Tour champion by a distance!

[1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [3] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 11-1, 11-7, 11-5 (19m)
[5] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [4] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 8-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9 (42m)

El Sherbini Shocks Hansen In Heliopolis Upset

Egyptian youngster Nour El Sherbini produced the upset of the day in the El-Kersh Women’s Heliopolis Open when she battled to a 55-minute win over Denmark’s second seed Line Hansen to reach the semi-finals of the $25,300 WISPA World Tour squash event at the Heliopolis Sporting Club in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

The 14-year-old fifth seed from Alexandria, surprise winner of the World Junior (U19) Championship title last year when just 13, showed remarkable determination to defeat the experienced Dane, ranked 29 in the world, 12-10, 13-11, 9-11, 12-10 in 55 minutes.

“It was a good match,” admitted the Egyptian teenager after her second victory over Hansen this year. “Last time I won 3/2, today it is 3/1 – and in each game I was 10/8 down and I was able to come back!”

El Sherbini will now face fellow Egyptian teenager Nour El Tayeb, the 17-year-old No4 seed from Cairo who defeated Czech Republic’s Lucie Fialova 11-7, 11-4, 11-8.

“I played a good game – I was confident and played better than yesterday,” said El Tayeb. “She hit the ball so hard – I had to slow down the pace so she wasn’t able to hit the ball as hard.”

The other semi-final will be an Australian/Indian affair between Rachael Grinham, the top seed from Queensland, and Indian number one Joshna Chinappa, the No3 seed.

Grinham, the former world number one who has been based in Cairo for many years, ousted 17-year-old unseeded EgyptianNouran El Torky 11-5, 11-3, 11-5 in 27 minutes – while Chinappa was forced to fight back from two games down againstHeba El Torky, also unseeded, before beating Nouran’s 19-year-old sister 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 in 64 minutes.

“It was a hard match, mentally and physically, and I am happy I won,” conceded Chinappa, the world No34 from Chennai. “I’m looking forward to playing Rachael tomorrow.”

[1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Nouran El Torky (EGY) 11-5, 11-3, 11-5 (27m)
[3] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Heba El Torky (EGY) 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (64m)
[4] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [7] Lucie Fialova (CZE) 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (24m)
[5] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [2] Line Hansen (DEN) 12-10, 13-11, 9-11, 12-10 (55m)

El Torky Sisters Spring Surprises In Cairo

Egyptian teenaged sisters Nouran El Torky and Heba El Torky produced impressive upsets in the first round of the El-Kersh Women’s Heliopolis Open to secure unexpected places in the quarter-finals of the $25,300 WISPA World Toursquash event at the Heliopolis Sporting Club in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

Nouran El Torky, aged 17 and from Alexandria, claimed the bigger scalp with an 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 dismissal of sixth-seeded compatriot Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy.

Older sister Heba, 19, completed the family double by ousting Guyana’s No8 seed Nicolette Fernandes 11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6.

The siblings’ successes lead to surprise Egyptian interest in all four quarter-finals. Nouran will meet Australia’s top seedRachael Grinham, while Heba will line up against India’s third seed Joshna Chinappa.

Fifth seed Nour El Sherbini, the 14-year-old former world junior champion from Alexandria, beat fellow Egyptian Yathreb Adel, a qualifier, 11-7, 11-7, 11-3 – and will now face second-seeded Dane Line Hansen at the bottom of the draw.

And 17-year-old Nour El Tayeb, the fourth seed from Cairo, will take on Czech Lucie Fialova after beating South Africa’sSiyoli Waters 11-7, 9-11, 10-12, 11-8, 12-10.

1st round:
[1] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Lauren Selby (ENG) 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 (23m)
Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt [6] Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) 11-4, 11-9, 11-6 (21m)
[3] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [Q] Farah Abdel Meguid (EGY) 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (34m)
Heba El Torky (EGY) bt [8] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6 (35m)
[7] Lucie Fialova (CZE) bt [Q] Sara El Noamany (EGY) 6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10 (34m)
[4] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Siyoli Waters (RSA) 11-7, 9-11, 10-12, 11-8, 12-10 (44m)
[5] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY) 11-7, 11-7, 11-3 (25m)
[2] Line Hansen (DEN) bt [Q] Emily Whitlock (ENG) 10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (34m)

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