As we reach the end of another season, the PSA's Matt Coles has been talking to the stars of the PSA World Tour about their 2018/19 campaigns. Here he catches up with World No.2 Nour El Sherbini.
The 2018-2019 season saw Nour El Sherbini become only the fifth female three-time World Champion, as she took the title in Chicago in March.
She follows in the footsteps of Michelle Martin (3 World Championships), Susan Devoy (4), Sarah Fitz-Gerald (5) and Nicol David (8) as the only women to have won the biggest prize in the sport at least three times.
“It feels amazing to say that I am a three-time World Champion, which is considered the biggest tournament in our calendar,” El Sherbini admitted.
“We all wait for it and work all season to give it our all. Winning the World Championship has always been a dream of mine and now, before starting every match, I get introduced as a three-time World Championship title. It is as thrilling each time!”
Nour El Sherbini (left) and Ali Farag with the World Championship trophies
El Sherbini overcame Nour El Tayeb in a fantastic final at Union Station, but the Egyptian had to come through some injury issues on her way to the title.
“Winning my third World Championship in Chicago was definitely one of my best this year. The period before that however, was very challenging, I was recovering from an injury and ended up winning the championship, which was a milestone for me,” she explained.
Apart from the World Championships, El Sherbini’s only triumph over the course of the season came in New York, a month before her third World crown.
The World No.2 won the Tournament of Champions in January, and she admits that winning a third ToC was also important to her.
“It has not been the best season for me, lots of ups and downs. However I am happy to have won my third World Championship and a third Tournament of Champions, which are two very important tournaments for me,” the Egyptian admitted.
She explained how she would spend her off-season, before getting down to business ahead of the new campaign.
Nour El Sherbini (right) and Raneem El Welily (left) in action in the final of the Tournament of Champions
“I had time to relax, rest and take in all the events that took place and work on my performance accordingly,”
“I intend to not only work on my diet, fitness and training but also work on acquiring a new set of strategies in the court that will help better my performance in the upcoming season.”
With those new ideas and strategies, the World No.2 has her goals set for the 2019-2020 campaign, including moving back to the top of the World Rankings.
“I have many goals that I would like to achieve next season, primarily, defending my World Championship title,” she explained.
“The upcoming World Championship holds a special importance to me as it takes place in my home country and will be hosted in the pyramids.
“Another goal I will be striving to achieve is getting back the World No.1 spot.”
Keep a look out for the next player’s review of the 2018-19 season in the coming days, as Tom Richards reviews his campaign.