Massaro, El Sherbini set up rematch of 2013 squash final 
Saina Nehwal, of India, eyes a return from Pornthip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand during their women's singles quarter final match at the Malaysia Open Badminton Superseries in Shah Alam - AP

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Laura Massaro of England and Nour El Sherbini of Egypt set up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 final of the women’s world squash championship on Friday.

It is a repeat of the 2013 final, in which Massaro outlasted El Sherbini in five games for her first and only world title.

Top-ranked Massaro, the only non-Egyptian in the semifinals, defeated Raneem El Welily 11-2, 7-11, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10 in an hour.

“Raneem and I always have battles,” Massaro said. “If you don’t play her in exactly the right way then you get severely punished. She played well in patches, I played well in patches, and in some ways it’s a fair result.”

Second-ranked El Sherbini, who knocked out eight-time defending champion Nicol David of Malaysia the day before, got past junior world champion Nouran Gohar 11-5, 11-5, 11-5. That was a repeat matchup of the British Open final last month, and the same result.

El Sherbini, 12 years younger than Massaro at 20, aims to become the first Egyptian woman to win the world crown. She has an 18-1 record this year, including a win over Massaro in the Chicago semifinals last month.

“Me and Laura have played a lot against each other,” El Sherbini said. “We always play out five games, but I’m going to keep going the way I am. I’m going to give it everything, and I’m sure it is going to be a good match.”


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