Egypt is globally known for its prowess at squash, and once again, the land of pharaohs has struck awe into the hearts of the global squash community. Today, Egyptian squash player Raneem El Weleily’s victoriously claimed the #1 world rank, according to the September 2015 Professional Squash Association (PSA) Women’s World Rankings. This victory makes El Weleily the first Egyptian woman to ever be named the global #1 in any sport.
For eight months, El Weleily maintained the #2 rank, with only the undefeated champion of nine years, Malaysian Nicol David, stooped above her in the rankings. The 26-year-old Alexandrian is coming off a slew of victories this year, including a hat trick victory at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, Guggenheim Partners Windy City Open and Alexandria Open.
When asked how she feels about becoming the world’s #1 women’s squash player, El Weleily answered humbly, “I’m absolutely thrilled to have become the new World No.1… Nicol has been number one for so long and the gap between her and all of us has been so huge that to get close to her is an achievement in itself. To be the person to finally overtake her is huge for me.”
Also named PSA’s Women’s Player of the Year in 2015, we’re excited to see what the future holds for the young Egyptian superstar.
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