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Raneem El Welily
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Alexandria, Egypt

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Raneem El Welily Profile
Date of Birth 1st January, 1989
Height (cm) 160
Weight (kg) 63
Residence Cairo, Egypt
Coach Haitham Effat, Ahmed Faragallah
Interests Jigsaw puzzles, Music
Racket Sponsor Harrow
Other Sponsors Wadi Degla, CIB

Alexandria-born Raneem El Welily has emerged as one of the most skilful players on the PSA Women’s World Tour since she turned professional in 2002.
She lifted the World Junior Championship twice, in 2005 and 2007, but would have to wait until 2009 to lift her first senior Tour title when she triumphed at the Heliopolis Open in Egypt.
That win helped catapult her into the world's top twenty and, after making the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open despite being a qualifier, she promptly rose into the top ten.
The Egyptian shot-maker doubled her Tour title tally in 2011 and four months later won the biggest event of her career so far, by topping then-World No.2 Jenny Duncalf to lift the prestigious Carol Weymuller Open.
2012 saw El Welily reach World No.2 for the first time and in September of that year she won her first World Series title by defeating World No.1 Nicol David in the final of the CIMB Malaysian Open.
David got her revenge in the US Open a month later before the Egyptian stunned the Malaysian again in the 2013 Cleveland Classic final to lift another crown. El Welily amassed three runner-up spots in the remainder of 2013, with David winning all three, before she won her second Malaysian Open title in 2014, beating Nour El Tayeb in the final.
She reached the final of the World Championship in December 2014 but David proved to be a stumbling block once more as she denied El Welily squash's biggest crown. Undeterred, El Welily had a terrific opening to 2015 as she won the Tournament of Champions, the Windy City Open and the Alexandria International to close the gap on David’s hold on the World No.1 ranking.
In May 2015 she was named as the PSA Women's Player of the year for the 2014/15 season but an even greater distinction came four months later as she became the first player in over nine years to dethrone David at the top of the World Rankings, becoming the first ever female Egyptian No.1.
Her first event after claiming top spot was at the Stars on the Bund China Open in September 2015 and El Welily didn’t disappoint, storming to the title after dropping just one game throughout the tournament.
After her success in China, El Welily failed to reach another PSA World Tour final in 2015, with a shock 3-1 defeat to Indian underdog Joshna Chinappa coming in the first round of the Qatar Classic.
Her best performance came at the Hong Kong Open where she was beaten by Laura Massaro in the semi-final. Her defeat to Massaro meant that El Welily relinquished top spot to the Englishwoman in the January 2016 World Rankings.
2016 was another successful year for El Welily, who ended a six-month PSA World Tour title drought to retain her Windy City Open crown in the March.
That victory helped her qualify for the PSA Dubai World Series Finals three months later where she reached the final, only to go down narrowly to Massaro once more.
She started the 2016/17 season strongly and became the first ever Egyptian woman to win the Al Ahram Open title in front of the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza, beating compatriot Nour El Sherbini in the final.
After also winning the Wadi Degla Open in November 2016, El Welily rose back into the world’s top three the following month to join El Sherbini and Wadi Degla Open runner-up Nouran Gohar - making Egypt the first country in 20 years to hold all three top spots on the PSA Women’s World Rankings.
El Welily went onto make the quarter-finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions where she lost out to Sarah-Jane Perry over five games.
The Egyptian then won the Windy City Open, beating Nour El Sherbini in the final 3-1 to claim her third successive Windy City Open crown and extended her unbeaten Windy City Open run to 15 matches. However, she fell short in the final of the Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship against Sherbini, who this time extracted her revenge beating El Welily over three games to deny her a fourth PSA World Tour title of the season.
El Welily went on to finish runner-up in the 2017 US Open, losing out to Nour El Tayeb in the final in Philadelphia, before also being beaten in the final of the Hong Kong Open. At the end of 2017, she became World Champion in Manchester, and the Egyptian went on to take victory on home soil at the El Gouna International in 2018.
El Welily finished runner-up in both the British Open and World Series Finals to end the 2017/18 season, before winning the China Open and US Open in the latter part of the year. She retook the World No.1 spot in December 2018.
After doing so, El Welily showed why she was the No.1, as she only failed to reach the final of two events for the rest of the 2018-2019 season, failing to do so at the World Championships and the British Open.
After finishing runner-up at the Tournament of Champions in January, El Welily went on to win the CIB Black Ball Open, DPD Open and the El Gouna International in consecutive tournaments. She then finished the campaign by securing the PSA World Tour Finals title, coming back from 2-0 down to beat Camille Serme in the final.


Grasshopper Cup 2020 17 - 22 Mar PSA World Tour Bronze Event

CIB Black Ball Women's Squash Open 2020 08 - 14 Mar PSA World Tour Platinum Event

The Windy City Open 2020 presented by the Walter Family 27 Feb - 04 Mar PSA World Tour Platinum Event

J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions 2020 10 - 17 Jan PSA World Tour Platinum Event

CIB PSA Women's World Championship 2019-2020 24 Oct - 01 Nov PSA World Championships Event

2019 FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships 05 - 12 Oct PSA World Tour Platinum Event

Oracle NetSuite Open 2019 24 - 30 Sep PSA World Tour Gold Event

J.P. Morgan China Squash Open 2019 04 - 08 Sep PSA World Tour Gold Event

CIB PSA World Tour Finals 2018-2019 09 - 14 Jun PSA World Tour Finals Event

Allam British Open 2019 20 - 26 May PSA World Tour Platinum Event

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