El Sherbini Wins Seventh World Championship Title

World No.1 Nour Sherbini has clinched her seventh World Championship title following a comprehensive triumph over World No.2 Nouran Gohar. 

The Egyptian was supremely impressive as she took down her compatriot to land her seventh World crown. 

El Sherbini now sits one World Championship title behind the record holder Nicol David – and making it four World crowns in succession. 

It was the third time El Sherbini and Gohar had battled it out for the right to be World Champion, and it was Gohar who made the brighter start to the opening game.

However El Sherbini found her mark – executing her trademark shots emphatically to swat aside the positive opening from the World No.2 to take the first 11-6.

The confidence was flowing through El Sherbini as she found her targets superbly well in the second, which she claimed in just nine minutes to double her advantage.

Gohar got the much-needed start to the third when she came out of the blocks with a 6-2 lead. It looked as though Gohar had got a vital foothold back in the contest when she had four game balls, but El Sherbini – who thrives on the world stage – saved all four to force a tiebreak.

World title number seven was sealed as El Sherbini came through the tiebreak on top to leave her just one crown away from equalling the record.

“I’m over the moon to win my seventh World Championship,” El Sherbini said.

“It’s huge and special for me and I can’t believe I did it and I’m so happy. Winning the final 3-0, it’s good and I didn’t want to lose the third game. I didn’t want to get nervous and I didn’t want to think a lot.

“I was just focusing in every point and I just said that even if I’m going to lose the game, just play every point. I was prepared and was preparing that I’m going to lose this game.

“Of course I’m happy that I’m closer to Nicol’s (David) record. She’s a legend and what she did was amazing and unbelievable. I’ve always been looking up to her, so to put my name beside her that’s something special and huge for me.”

[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [1] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 12-10 (38m)