Nour El Sherbini

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Nour El Sherbini
Nour El Sherbini 2012.jpg
Full name Nour Atef Ahmed Zaki El Sherbini
Country  Egypt
Residence Alexandria, Egypt
Born (1995-11-01) November 1, 1995 (age 18)
Alexandria, Egypt
Turned Pro 2009
Retired Active
Plays Right Handed
Coached by Omar el Sherbini , Roushdy Mabrouk
Racquet used Tecnifibre
Women's singles
Highest ranking No. 4 (February , 2013)
Current ranking No. 8 (August, 2014)
Title(s) 3
Tour final(s) 4
World Open F (2013)
Last updated on: August, 2014.

Nour El Sherbini, (born 1 November 1995) is an Egyptian professional squash player. She won the British Junior Open Under-13 category in 2009.[1] On 2 August 2009, Sherbini created squash history when she won the women's title in the World Junior Squash Championships (U-19) to become the sport's youngest ever world champion at the age of just 13.[2] On 28 November 2009, Sherbini was awarded Young WISPA Squash player of the year for the year 2009.

Early life[edit]

Nour was born and has been raised in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. She started playing squash when she was six years of age, and was already participating in tournaments before she was eight.

Her brother Omar el Sherbini played an important role to keep her interested in squash as she would spend time watching him and learning from his sessions. But she confirms that sport runs all through her family. 'My father used to be a football player and a good swimmer. Also my mum was a good athlete'.

There was never a competing sport for her time. It was squash aged six and nothing else has been added.

The break in,13 years old World Champion & Turning pro in 2009[edit]

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.

Only a few months after her 13th birthday she joined WISPA in early 2009, and in April announced her arrival by only losing to world top liner Engy Kheirallah in a tight 3/1. at the Heliopolis Open. Having reached the final of the ATCO Miro event in June, also in Cairo, it was only another strong performance from Kheirallah that thwarted her bid for a first WISPA Tour title.

But then came the World Junior Squash Championships Individual in Chennai, India, in which she became world under-19 champion at the age of 13.

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'.

Breaking into the Top 10 in 2012[edit]

In four years on the WSA World Tour, Nour El Sherbini has risen 208 places in the women’s rankings to occupy the world no. 7 spot at the age of 16. Many players spend years battling through competitions but the rate at which Sherbini has progressed to a world-beating standard has without doubt thrown down the gauntlet to Nicol David for the next couple of years.[3]

Her first professional competition came in the Heliopolis Open as a qualifier, and made it through to the first round. The following January she won the British Junior Under 19’s 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 at the event in which she had made her debut the year before. The following year, still rapidly climbing the rankings and sitting at no. 36, she won the Alexandria International Open as 5th seed and finished off the year by reaching round two of the World Open as a qualifier.[4]

So far in 2012 the signs have continued to look good for the Egyptian starlet after semi-final appearances in Tournament of Champions in New York, as well as in the KL Open in Malaysia. These results tipped Sherbini into the Top 20 mix, but undeterred by the daunting prospect of facing the big names in the tour, she reached the final of the WSA World Series Platinum Allam British Open event at the O2 Arena, where she lost to Nicol David.[5]

It may be stating the obvious, but this delightful girl with a prodigious talent and a maturity of play beyond her years is likely to build from these early successes and become another enduring WISPA junior and senior star.[6]

On 19 May 2012, Sherbini defeated Raneem El Weleily to become the youngest-ever British Open women’s finalist.[7] She reached a career-high world ranking of world no.4 in February 2013.[8][9]

World Open[edit]

Finals: 1 (0 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Location Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2013 Penang, Malaysia England Laura Massaro 11–7, 6–11, 11–9, 5–11, 11–9

Major World Series final appearances[edit]

British Open: 1 finals (0 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2012 Malaysia Nicol David 11-6, 11–6, 11-6

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • British junior Open Champion GU13 2007[10]
  • British junior Open Champion GU13 2008[11]
  • British junior Open Champion GU15 2009[12]
  • Atco Miro NO.1 WISPA Runner up 2009[13]
  • World Junior Champion 2009[14]
  • Young WISPA player of the year 2009[15]
  • Young female player of the year 2009
  • British junior Open Champion GU19 2010[16]
  • Heliopolis Open WISPA Champion 2010[17]
  • High WISPA Ranking of 25 OCT 2010[18]
  • World junior Runner up 2011[19]
  • Alexandria international open WISPA Champion 2011[20]
  • British Junior open Champion GU19 2012[21]
  • High WSA Ranking of 7 JUNE 2012[22]
  • Youngest ever to reach the final of the British open in 2012[23]
  • The first Egyptian to reach the final of the British open in 2012[24]
  • Youngest Ever to be in the Top ten on the World reaching no 7 in June 2012[25]
  • WORLD Junior Champion 2012[26]


External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Annie Au
WISPA Young Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Nour El Tayeb
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nour El Tayeb
WSA Breakthrough Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Sarah-Jane Perry