Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini shows no signs of waning in her quest for domination as she continues her spell at the top of the Women’s World Rankings for the 16th successive month.
With Egypt’s Red Sea providing the backdrop, El Sherbini lifted her second World Championship title at the age of just 21 in El Gouna, despite the season providing challenges for Egypt’s first ever female World Champion.
El Sherbini fell at the final hurdles of the Al Ahram Squash Open NewGiza, U.S. Open and Windy City Open to Raneem El Welily and Camille Serme, until everything fell perfectly into place at the World Championships.
The young Egyptian was in spell binding form as she dispatched compatriot El Welily in straight games in the final to clinch her first major title since her maiden World Championship triumph 12 months earlier.
“My highlight of the season would definitely have to be winning the World Championships in El Gouna after having a tough season,” said the 21-year-old.
“It was a relief – especially because I had to win it to defend my title and my World No.1 spot, so the tournament meant a lot to me.
“It wasn’t easy after almost losing all the major titles last season but something clicked that week and I’m glad that it happened.”
The Egyptian has continued to set her sights high going into the new season, including making big changes to her training regime in an effort to lead the Women’s Tour and retain her World Championship title.
“My hope is to learn from last season’s mistakes. I am working now on changing everything – my regime, my training techniques, everything – so that I can adapt to a better season and hopefully dominate.
“The biggest challenges for me will be everything from overcoming the young rising players to also battling against my fellow top ten players throughout the season.
“The most important thing for me is to win the World Championships again, in Manchester.”
With the likes of Serme, Massaro and El Welily all winning titles last season, El Sherbini knows that the competition is fiercer than ever on the Women’s Tour.
“Everyone has improved and everyone has stepped up their game. I think everyone can go for any title and we are all the same now, it’s just a matter of how mentally strong you are during the match.
“I am enjoying now more than any other time and I think everyone else is too.”
El Sherbini lifts the Women's World Championship trophy
El Sherbini’s reign at the top of the World Rankings now matches that of former World Champions Rachael Grinham and Cassie Jackman and the 21-year-old believes consistency is key.
“I am really pleased to stay top, of course the rankings are a numbers game, what’s more important for me now is to be consistent on court and maintain a solid result throughout the whole season.”