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Squash - 20. May 2018.

El Sherbini Claims 2018 British Open Title

Women’s World No.1 El Sherbini made it two British Open titles out of three finals after the 22-year-old put in a scintillating performance to overcome compatriot and World No.2 El Welily in straight games, avenging her defeat to the 29-year-old in the final of last month’s El Gouna International.
The pair were meeting in a fifth major final of the season with each player taking two wins apiece prior to today’s final. El Sherbini became the first female Egyptian to win the British Open in 2016 and had also reached the final in 2012 at the age of just 16, while 29-year-old El Welily was contesting the title decider of the iconic tournament for the first time in her career.
And it was the younger Egyptian who prevailed in Hull as she played an immaculate brand of squash to record an 11-6, 11-9, 14-12 triumph in 47 minutes to win her 16th PSA crown.
“The British Open is the biggest tournament on tour, it was an honour to win it once and now I have two and I’m really proud," El Sherbini said.
"We always have very tough battles, it’s never an easy 3-0 and I’m really glad it’s ended this way.
“I’m glad I came back and won the third. Every time we play, it gets harder. We’re really good friends and I learn from her a lot and she is a role model to any player. I hope this battle continues and we keep playing each other in the finals.”
Both Rodriguez and El Sherbini take home over $24,000 in prize money after the tournament offered up equal prize money for the second year in succession.
The next stop for the world’s greatest squash players - including all four British Open finalists - will be the ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals, which will take place at Emirates Golf Club between June 5-9.
Result - Women’s Final: 2018 Allam British Open
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 14-12 (47m)
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