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Raneem El Welily beat Nour El Sherbini to lift the DPD Open title

Matches of the Season: DPD Open - El Welily v El Sherbini

We’re taking a look back at the best matches from the 2018/2019 season and todays sees us go back to April, as we revisit an epic encounter between the Egyptian pair of Raneem El Welily and Nour El Sherbini at the DPD Open in Eindhoven.

The two players were facing each other in a final for the 12th consecutive meeting. That run dated back to March 2017, when they met in the final of the Windy City Open.

The pair had also faced off in the World Championships final twice, taking a win apiece, the El Gouna International, the British Open and the Tournament of Champions prior to this clash.

Their most recent meeting came less than a month previous to this match-up, as the World No.1 got the better of El Sherbini in a five-game clash at the CIB Black Ball Open.

However, it was El Sherbini that got off to a flying start in Eindhoven, as she took the first game on a tie-break before 12-10, before also winning the second by a close margin to double her lead in the match.

El Welily came fighting back though, recording three straight 11-8 game victories to bounce back from 2-0 down to the take the inaugural DPD Open title.

“It feels good to have won this match,” El Welily said following her victory. “Playing Nour is never easy and today was a little bit different than any other time we have played.

“I think we both showed very good patterns throughout the match and we had some very good patches where we both played well. That hasn’t happened in a while, so I am very happy to have been a part of this good match.

“In the fourth, I was tense, so I decided to go back to basics. Every time we get on court, it’s a different situation. I have got to believe that it’s going to be a different match, a different result, and that the last match doesn’t mean anything.

“We are very good friends off court, and we fight until the end and respect each other. I think that is why we fought so hard tonight.”

Result: CIB Black Ball Open – Final
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-2: 10-12, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (65m)