CAIRO: Two Egyptian squash players made history for their country Tuesday after they won first prize in both the men’s and women’s finals at the oldest and most prestigious squash tournament in the world.
Women’s World No.5 Nour al-Sherbini and Men’s defending champion Mohamed al-Shorbagy have captured the 2016 Allam British Open, PSA World Series, titles after respective victories over fellow Egyptians Nouran Gohar and Ramy Ashour in Hull’s Airco Arena, according to BOSC website.
Sherbini reached the finals after defeating Malaysia’s Nicol David with scores of 11-6, 2-11, 11-9, 11-6, and a final score of 3-1 to become the tournament’s second youngest winner at just 20 years of age after New Zealand’s Susan Devoy in 1984.
“I’m very proud being the first Egyptian [woman] to win. It’s a huge thing and hopefully other Egyptians will make us proud,” Sherbini told AFP.
Meanwhile, Shorbagy made it to the finals after defeating Egyptian squash player Karim Abdel Gawad with scores of 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 and a final score of 3-0.
During the past two decades, Egypt has been a squash superpower. Five of the world’s current top ten squash players are Egyptians.
The Professional Squash Association (PSA) announced in Feb., its 2016 Men’s World Championship will be held in the Cairo-based Wadi Degla Club from Oct. 24 to Nov. 04.