THREE-PEAT FOR EL WELILY IN CHICAGO

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Courtesy of PSA

Egypt’s Raneem El Welily made it a hat trick of title triumphs at the Windy City Open, adding the 2017 title to her 2015 and 2016 crowns by defeating compatriot Nour El Sherbini 3-1 in today’s title decider.

The World No.3 played scintillating squash from the off, using her backhand drop with devastating effect to punish any lose play from El Sherbini. Despite losing a close first game 10-12 it looked comfortable for El Welily as she looked back to the form that took her to World No.1 in 2015.

“She played really well in the first game and I wasn’t sharp enough,” said El Welily.

“Half way through the first game I started to find my spots and my angles. Even though I lost that first game, I knew that I was on my way to find the right plan. I’m really happy to win today, it’s fantastic.

“Chicago is my lucky city and I’m always happy to be here.”

Result – Final: 2017 Women’s Windy City Open
[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-1: 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (42m)