The Egyptians have continued their brilliant form, qualifying for the Semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open squash tournament.
After defeating her compatriot Nour El-Tayeb in an all Egyptian game in the previous round, Raneem El-Weleily was once again successful to overcome her Kiwi opponent Joelle King 3-2 in a dramatic game [11-8, 17-15, 7-11, 8-11, 14-12].
“I have no idea how I managed to pull that one off,” Raneem said.
“I had to go for the winners as much as I could because if I played basic squash she would play a winning shot, so I had to steal it before she did. All credit to her, she played a really good match,” she added.
Meanwhile, World No.1 Nour El-Sherbini has also managed to qualify for the semi-finals after defeating her compatriot Nouran Gohar 3-0 [11-7, 11-5, 11-6].
Nour El-Sherbini will face Laura Massaro in the semis, while Raneem will be up against French World No.3 Camille Serme.
On the other hand, four Egyptian men have qualified for the semi-finals in the men’s competitions. Marwan El-Shorbagy beat France’s Grégory Gaultier 3-1 [11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11,6], while his older brother Mohamed knocked out Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar with a score of 3-1 [11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9].
El-Shorbagy brothers will now face each other in the semi-finals, which will take place on Saturday, November 18.
Ali Farag and World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad will also go head-to-head in the semi-finals after they overcame England’s Declan James 3-1 [11-7, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6] and Tarek Momen 3-1 [12-10, 11-7, 12-14, 11-7] respectively.