Nour El Sherbini (Arabic: نور الشربيني;[1] born 1 November 1995) is an Egyptian professional squash player. She is a seven time World champion and became the youngest woman to win the Women's World Championship (2015).[2] In 2016, she retain her title, after won it for the first time in the previous edition in 2015. in 2023 she won her 7th World Championship. Nour, the only player representing Egypt in the list of most winner in all time of PSA Women's World Championship. She is currently ranked as the world No. 1 in women's singles by the Women's Squash Association (WSA), having held the position for a total of 43 weeks.

Nour El Sherbini
Nour El Sherbini
Full nameNour Atef Ahmed Zaki El Sherbini
Nickname(s)The Warrior Princess
CountryEgypt
ResidenceAlexandria, Egypt
Born (1995-11-01) 1 November 1995 (age 28)
Alexandria, Egypt
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Turned Pro2009
PlaysRight Handed
Coached byOmar el Sherbini , Roushdy Mabrouk
Racquet usedTecnifibre
Websitewww.nourelsherbini.com
Women's singles
Highest rankingNo. 1 (1 November 2020)
Current rankingNo. 1 (3 September 2023)
Title(s)40
Tour final(s)65
World OpenW (2015, 2016, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21, 2022, 2023)
Medal record
Women's squash
Representing  Egypt
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2015 Kuala Lumpur Singles
Gold medal – first place 2016 El Gouna Singles
Gold medal – first place 2018–19 Chicago Singles
Gold medal – first place 2019–20 Cairo Singles
Gold medal – first place 2020–21 Chicago Singles
Gold medal – first place 2022 Cairo Singles
Gold medal – first place 2023 Chicago Singles
Silver medal – second place 2013 Penang Singles
Silver medal – second place 2017 Manchester Singles
Silver medal – second place 2024 Cairo Singles
World Team Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Nîmes Team
Gold medal – first place 2016 Issy-les-Moulineaux Team
Gold medal – first place 2018 Dalian Team
Gold medal – first place 2022 Cairo Team
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Niagara-on-the-Lake Team

Early life

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Nour was born and has been raised in Alexandria, Egypt. She started playing squash when she was 6 years old, and was already participating in tournaments before she was 8.

She is training in Alexandria Sporting Club (ASC) in Alexandria, Egypt.[citation needed]

Her brother Omar el Sherbini kept her interested in squash as she would spend time watching him and learning from his sessions. She confirmed that sports run in her family: "My father used to be a football player and a good swimmer. Also my mum was a good athlete".[3]

Junior career

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She won the British Junior Open Under-13 category in 2007 and 2008. On 28 November 2009, Sherbini was awarded the 2009 Young WISPA Squash Player of the Year. As she explains: "By time I gained more confidence and become more steady that made me able to win most of the titles of the local tournaments in Egypt, till reaching the British open and my first international titles. My first BJO title was such a push for more titles starting from under 13 years old till under 15, titles in a row".[4]

A few months after her 13th birthday, she joined WISPA in early 2009, and in April she announced her arrival by losing to world top liner Engy Kheirallah in a tight 3/1 at the Heliopolis Open. After having reached the final of the ATCO Miro event in June, also in Cairo, Sherbini was stopped by Kheirallah in her bid for her first WISPA Tour title. On August 2, 2009, at 13, Sherbini became the youngest world champion in the history of the sport when she won the women's title at the World Junior squash Championships (U-19). As she explained: "Reaching the most important moment of my life, I was chosen to represent Egypt in the world open junior championship taking place in Chennai, India. To win the title was a dream, but to take it and feel the taste of victory was a dream came true. Adding the World Team title made it looks extraordinary".[5]

Professional career

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2012: Entering the top 10

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In 2012 on the WSA World Tour, Nour El Sherbini rose 208 places in the women's rankings to occupy the world No. 7 spot at the age of 16.

Her first professional competition came in the Heliopolis Open as a qualifier, and she made it to the first round. The following January she won the British Junior Under-19 Open at the age of 14, at which point she had already broken into the world's top 50. She returned to Heliopolis in 2010 to claim her first WSA title. The following year, still climbing the rankings and sitting at No. 36, she won the Alexandria International Open as 5th seed and finished the year by reaching round two of the World Open as a qualifier.[6]

In 2012 Sherbini made semi-final appearances in the Tournament of Champions in New York, as well as in the KL Open in Malaysia. These results tipped Sherbini into the world top 20, and she reached the final of the WSA World Series Platinum Allam British Open event at the O2 Arena, where she lost to Nicol David.[6] On 19 May 2012, Sherbini defeated Raneem El Weleily to become the youngest-ever British Open women's finalist.[7]

2016: World No. 1

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She reached a world ranking of No. 1 in April 2016.[8][9]

In May 2023, she won the 2023 PSA Women's World Squash Championship, defeating the number 4 seed Joelle King in the semi final and defeating the number 1 seed Nouran Gohar in the final. It was her seventh World Championship (and fifth in a row) taking her to second in the all-time list of World championship wins behind Nicol David.[10][11]

National representation

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WSF World Team Championships

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in 2012, she was part of the team that regained the world team title after winning a gold medal at the 2012 WSF World Team Championships.[12]

2014, she was part of the Egyptian team that won the bronze medal at the 2014 Women's World Team Squash Championships.[13]

2016, she won her second world team title as part of the Egyptian team that won the gold medal at the 2016 Women's World Team Squash Championships.[14]

2018, she won her third world team title as part of the Egyptian team that won the 2018 Women's World Team Squash Championships.[15] In 2022, she was part of the Egyptian team that won the 2022 Women's World Team Squash Championships. It was her fourth world team title.[16]

2022 she won her fourth world team title as part of the Egyptian team that won the 2018 Women's World Team Squash Championships.[17]

Finals: 10 (7 titles, 3 runner-up)

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Outcome Year Location Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2013 Penang, Malaysia   Laura Massaro 11–7, 6–11, 11–9, 5–11, 11–9
Winner 2015 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Laura Massaro 6–11, 4–11, 11–3, 11–5, 11–8
Winner 2016 El Gouna, Egypt   Raneem El Weleily 11–8, 11–9, 11–9
Runner-up 2017 Manchester, England   Raneem El Weleily 3–11, 12–10, 11–7, 11–5
Winner 2018–19 Chicago, USA   Nour El Tayeb 11–6, 11–5, 10–12, 15–13
Winner 2019–20 Cairo, Egypt   Raneem El Weleily 11–4, 9–11, 11–5, 11–6
Winner 2020–21 Chicago, USA   Nouran Gohar 11–5, 11–8, 8–11, 11–9
Winner 2022 Cairo, Egypt   Nouran Gohar 7–11, 11–7, 11–8, 11–7
Winner 2023 Chicago, USA   Nouran Gohar 11–6, 11–4, 12–10
Runner-up 2024 Cairo, Egypt   Nouran Gohar 8–11, 11–9, 7–11, 5–11

Finals: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

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Outcome Year Location Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2017 Dubai, United Arab Emirates   Laura Massaro 8–11, 10–12, 5–11
Winner 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates   Raneem El Weleily 3–11, 8–11, 11–7, 11–4, 11–6
Winner 2022 Cairo, Egypt   Nouran Gohar 11–6, 11–8, 11–5

Major World Series final appearances

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British Open: 6 finals (4 titles, 2 runner-up)

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Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2012   Nicol David 6–11, 6–11, 6–11
Winner 2016[18]   Nouran Gohar 11–7, 9–11, 7–11, 11–6, 11–8
Winner 2018[19]   Raneem El Weleily 11–6, 11–9, 14–12
Winner 2021[20]   Nouran Gohar 9–11, 13–11, 5–11, 11–7, 11-2
Winner 2023[21]   Nouran Gohar 11–9, 11–7, 11–1
Runner-up 2024   Nouran Gohar 6–11, 15–17, 11–3, 11–7, 4–11

US Open: 5 finals (1 title, 4 runner-up)

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Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2014   Nicol David 5–11, 10–12, 10–12
Runner-up 2016   Camille Serme 8–11, 11–7, 10–12, 9–11
Runner-up 2018   Raneem El Weleily 6–11, 9–11, 8–11
Runner-up 2022   Nouran Gohar 7–11, 11–9, 7–11, 6–11
Winner 2023[22]   Hania El Hammamy 11–6, 11–6, 11–7

Hong Kong Open: 1 final (1 title, 0 runner-up)

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Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2017[23]   Raneem El Weleily 11–5, 11–8, 11–5

Qatar Classic: 2 finals (0 title, 2 runner-up)

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Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2015   Laura Massaro 11–8, 12–14, 11–9, 8–11, 11–9
Runner-up 2023   Hania El Hammamy 11–9, 9–11, 11–9, 9–11, 6–11

Windy City Open: 5 finals (2 titles, 3 runner-up)

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Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2016   Raneem El Weleily 11–9, 6–11, 3–11, 6–11
Runner-up 2017   Raneem El Weleily 12–10, 7–11, 7–11, 7–11
Winner 2020[24]   Raneem El Weleily 11–8, 8–11, 11–8, 6–11, 11–9
Runner-up 2022   Hania El Hammamy 11–5, 17–15, 5–11, 6–11, 5–11
Winner 2024[25]   Nouran Gohar 11–7, 6–11, 11–4, 11–4

El Gouna International: 3 finals (1 title, 2 runner-up)

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Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2018   Raneem El Weleily 11–3, 10–12, 7–11, 5–11
Winner 2021[26]   Nouran Gohar 11–7, 11–8, 11–5
Runner-up 2024   Nouran Gohar 6–11, 13–11, 11–6, 11–6

Tournament of Champions: 6 finals (5 titles, 1 runner-up)

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Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2016[27]   Amanda Sobhy 11–4, 9–11, 12–10, 11–8
Winner 2018[28]   Nour El Tayeb 2–11, 11–6, 4–11, 11–7, 11–7
Winner 2019[29]   Raneem El Weleily 11–9, 11–8, 11–8
Runner-up 2020   Camille Serme 8–11, 6–11, 7–11,
Winner 2023[30]   Nouran Gohar 11–9, 3–1rtd.
Winner 2024[31]   Nouran Gohar 9–11, 4–11, 11–5, 11–5, 11–5

Paris Squash: 1 final (1 title, 0 runner-up)

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Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2023[32]   Nouran Gohar 7–11, 11–4, 11–8, 11–5

Awards and achievements

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Nour El Sherbini at the World Junior Squash Championships in Doha, 2012
  • British Junior Open Champion GU13 2007[33]
  • British Junior Open Champion GU13 2008[34]
  • British Junior Open Champion GU15 2009[35]
  • Atco Miro No.1 WISPA Runner-up 2009[36]
  • World Junior Champion 2009[37]
  • Young WISPA Player of the Year 2009[38]
  • Young Female Player of the Year 2009
  • British Junior Open Champion GU19 2010[39]
  • Heliopolis Open WISPA Champion 2010[40]
  • High WISPA Ranking of 25 October 2010[41]
  • World Junior Runner-up 2011[42]
  • Alexandria International Open WISPA Champion 2011[43]
  • British Junior Open Champion GU19 2012[44]
  • High WSA Ranking of 7 June 2012[45]
  • Youngest ever to reach the final of the British open in 2012[46]
  • The first Egyptian to reach the final of the British Open in 2012[46]
  • Youngest ever to be in the top ten on the world reaching No. 7 in June 2012[47]
  • World Junior Champion 2012[48]
  • The first Egyptian to win the British Open (in 2016)
  • PSA Player of The Year 2017/18[49]

References

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Sporting positions
Preceded by World No. 1
May 2016 – November 2018
Succeeded by
Awards and achievements
Preceded by WISPA Young Player of the Year
2009
Succeeded by
Awards and achievements
Preceded by WSA Breakthrough Player of the Year
2012
Succeeded by