Nour El Sherbini

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Nour El Sherbini
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Nour El Sherbini
Full nameNour Atef Ahmed Zaki El Sherbini
Nickname(s)The Warrior Princess
Country Egypt
ResidenceAlexandria, Egypt
Born (1995-11-01) 1 November 1995 (age 26)
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Turned Pro2009
PlaysRight Handed
Coached byOmar el Sherbini , Roushdy Mabrouk
Racquet usedTecnifibre
Women's singles
Highest rankingNo. 1 (November 2020)
Current rankingNo. 1 (December 2021)
Tour final(s)39
World OpenW (2015, 2016, 2018–19, 2019–20)

Nour El Sherbini (Arabic: نور الشربيني; born 1 November 1995) is an Egyptian professional squash player. She is a six time World champion and became the youngest woman to win the Women's World Championship (2015).[1] In 2016, she retained her title and in 2019 won her third World Championship equalling the feat of Michelle Martin and rising to equal fourth in the all time list of world championships won. She is the current world champion after winning the 2021/2022 edition of the tournament.[2]

Early life[edit]

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.

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]

Early career[edit]

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]

2012: Entering the top 10[edit]

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

World Squash Championships[edit]

Finals: 6 (4 titles, 2 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
Winner 2015 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia England Laura Massaro 6–11, 4–11, 11–3, 11–5, 11–8
Winner 2016 El Gouna, Egypt Egypt Raneem El Weleily 11–8, 11–9, 11–9
Runner-up 2017 Manchester, England Egypt Raneem El Weleily 3–11, 12–10, 11–7, 11–5
Winner 2018–19 Chicago, USA Egypt Nour El Tayeb 11–6, 11–5, 10–12, 15–13
Winner 2019–20 Cairo, Egypt Egypt Raneem El Weleily 11–4, 9–11, 11–5, 11–6
Winner 2020–21 Chicago, USA Egypt Nouran Gohar 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9
Winner 2021–22 Cairo, Egypt Egypt Nouran Gohar 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7

Major World Series final appearances[edit]

British Open: 4 finals (3 titles, 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
Winner 2016 Egypt Nouran Gohar 11–7, 9–11, 7–11, 11–6, 11–8
Winner 2018 Egypt Raneem El Weleily 11–6, 11–9, 14–12
Winner 2021 Egypt Nouran Gohar 9-11, 13-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-2

Qatar Classic: 1 final (0 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2015 England Laura Massaro 11–8, 12–14, 11–9, 8–11, 11–9

Awards and achievements[edit]

Nour El Sherbini at the World Junior Squash Championships in Doha, 2012
  • 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 October 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[23]
  • Youngest ever to be in the top ten on the world reaching No. 7 in June 2012[24]
  • World Junior Champion 2012[25]
  • The first Egyptian to win the British Open (in 2016)
  • PSA Player of The Year 2017/18[26]


  1. ^ "El Sherbini Becomes Youngest Ever Women's World Champion - Professional Squash Association". Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  2. ^ "El Sherbini and Farag Crowned CIB PSA World Championships Cairo Champions - Professional Squash Association". Retrieved 23 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Athlete of the Month April 2017". World Games. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Alexandria International Squash Open - Players". Squashsite. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Nour El Sherbini: The Warrior Princess". Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  6. ^ a b Nour El Sherbini.
  7. ^ "Nour El Sherbini".
  8. ^ Squash Info. "Squash Info – Nour El Sherbini – Squash".
  9. ^ El Sherbini Becomes Youngest Ever Women’s World Champion. (30 April 2016)
  10. ^ Finals 2007. Retrieved on 17 June 2016.
  11. ^ Finals 2008. Retrieved on 17 June 2016.
  12. ^ Today. Retrieved on 17 June 2016.
  13. ^ "ATCO Junior Open Squash Championships, Cairo".
  14. ^ FINALS. Retrieved on 17 June 2016.
  15. ^ WSA 2009. Retrieved on 17 June 2016.
  16. ^ Today 2010. Retrieved on 17 June 2016.
  17. ^ Heliopolis2010. Retrieved on 17 June 2016.
  18. ^ WISPA World Rankings. March 2013.
  19. ^ "Individual Final: El Tayeb takes the Title – World Junior Squash Championships 2011".
  20. ^ "Alexandria WISPA Sept 2011".
  21. ^ British Junior Open Squash – Today. Retrieved on 17 June 2016.
  22. ^ Players.
  23. ^ a b "Allam British Open Semi-Finals". Allam British Open Squash Championships – Official Site.
  24. ^ June 2012 World Rankings. Retrieved on 17 June 2016.
  25. ^ "Today: Day Six, the FINALS".
  26. ^ "Egypt Take Top Honours At PSA Awards - Professional Squash Association". Retrieved 5 June 2018.

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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
Succeeded by
Awards and achievements
Preceded by WSA Breakthrough Player of the Year
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