Meet Squash Player Nour El Sherbini – The Youngest Woman To Win World Championship

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Nour El Sherbini or ‘The Warrior Princess’ is an Egyptian professional squash player. She has the current ranking of two in the women’s singles category and is the youngest woman ever to win the Women’s World Championship.

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Nour El Sherbini’s Career and Achievements

On November 1, 1995 Nour Atef Ahmed Zaki El Sherbini was born in Alexandria, Egypt. She started playing squash at the age of six. She started participating in the tournaments before she could even turn eight. She confirmed that she would learn by watching her brother, Omar El Sherbini’s sessions.

In 2007 and 2008, she won the British Junior Open Under-13 category. In early 2009, she joined WISPA (Women’s International Squash Players Association). On 28 November 2009, Sherbini was awarded the 2009 Young WISPA Squash Player of the Year. When she won the women’s title at the World Junior Squash Championships (U-19) on August 2, 2009 she became the youngest champion ever to attain this honour. At the age of 16 Nour rose from number 208 in the woman’s ranking to number – seven in just four years of her joining the WSA World Tour.

When El Sherbini defeated Raneem El Weleily on May 19, 2012, she became the youngest British Open women’s finalist ever. In the year of 2016 she reached the world ranking of Number No. 1 in the women’s singles category.

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El Sherbini  has won a total of 21 titles  so far in her career. The 24-year-old player has won gold medals in several World Championships like Kuala Lumpur 2015, El Gouna 2016, Chicago 2018-19 and Cairo 2019-20 and also was the PSA Player of The Year 2017-18. She is the first Egyptian player to reach the British Open in 2012 and first-ever Egyptian player to win the British Open in 2016. The Alexandria International Open WISPA Champion in 2011 was also the youngest player ever to be in the top ten in the world ranking by reaching No. 7 in June 2012. 

She is currently playing in the World Tour finals and has qualified for the semi-finals.

Picture Credit: Egyptianstreets.com

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Khushi Gupta is an intern with SheThePeople.TV