CAIRO: Two Egyptians won the New York-based Tournament of Champions (TOC) against two British players Friday and Saturday; Raneem el-Welily won the women’s competition and Mohamed el-Shorbagy won the men’s contest.
Welily, who turned 26 during the championship, is now the first Egyptian woman to win the TOC. Egypt’s Nour el-Sherbini reached the semifinals and Nour el-Tayeb reached the quarterfinals. Egyptian Omenya Abdel Kawy and Kanzy el-Dafrawy were also in the tournament.
“This has been a very tough week for me mentally,” the Professional Squash Association (PSQ) quoted Shorbagy.
“When I saw Raneem win in the women’s final it really inspired me because we both recently lost in World Championship finals even though we both had match balls.”
“She showed me that you can rebound and I’m really proud of how I played and that I proved I can come back stronger than before,” Shorbagy added.
Egypt’s Amr Shabana was in the semifinals of the men’s tournament, and Tarek Monem was in the quarterfinals.
Shorbagy, 25, is already the world’s top squash player, and Welily is the world’s No. 2 women’s squash player.
“Winning the first tournament after losing that World Championship means a lot,” Welily said, according to the TOC website.
“Back home, everyone is really happy!”