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El Sherbini Wins Carol Weymuller Open

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L-R: Champion Nour El Sherbini (L), tournament director Linda Elriani, finalist Joelle King. (image: Jean Ervasti)

Nour El Sherbini, the 19-year-old Egyptian World No.7, collected the fifth PSA World Tour title of her career after comfortably dismissing former World No.4 Joelle King 3-0 in the final of the 2015 Carol Weymuller Open at Heights Casino in Brooklyn.

El Sherbini last tasted success in April 2014 at the Texas Open but looked to be back to the form that took her as high as World No. 4 earlier this year as she outplayed her Kiwi opponent from the start, producing an assured display that will take her into the forthcoming Delaware Investments U.S. Open full of confidence.

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El Sherbini in action against King. (image: Jean Ervasti)

“I was really focused and really wanted to win tonight, ” said El Sherbini afterwards. “I was trying to be patient and calm and just wait for the right opportunity and that made the difference. Thank you to my brother for being here, I’ve finally won a tournament and he was here! Also to my parents for staying up and watching me at 2am on the streaming and my squash and fitness coach and Amr Shabana the National coach. They all called me today and gave me the plan and it worked!”

“I guess I feel mixed emotions right now with getting so close to the finish line and getting pipped at the post, ” King said. “All credit to Nour, she played impeccable squash and capitalized on every opportunity and didn’t let me play my way into the game. I guess I’m just real really happy to be back competing again and looking forward to coming back next year—hopefully not as a wildcard!”

Thus concludes the forty-second Carol Weymuller Open in Brooklyn, one of the longest-standing professional events on tour.

“We hope you all enjoyed the 2015 Carol Weymuller Open as much as we did and we look forward to running it again next year, ” said tournament director Linda Elriani. “Congratulations again to Nour and good luck to all the PSA players for the next week at the U.S. Open and beyond!”

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