Raneem El Weleily

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Raneem El Welily
Nickname(s)Rino
Country Egypt
Born (1989-01-01) 1 January 1989 (age 29)
Alexandria, Egypt
Height5 ft 3 in (160 cm)
Weight136 lb (62 kg)
Coached byHaitham Effat, Ahmed Faragallah
Racquet usedHarrow
Women's Singles
Highest rankingNo. 1 (September, 2015)
Current rankingNo. 2 (May, 2017)
Title(s)15
Tour final(s)24
World OpenW (2017)
Last updated on: March, 2017.

Raneem Mohamed Yasser Saad El Din El Welily (Arabic: رنيم محمد ياسر سعد الدين الوليلي‎; born 1 January 1989, in Alexandria, Egypt) is a professional squash player from Egypt.[1] She has reached a career-high world ranking of No. 1 in September, 2015. She is a two-time finalist at the World Open, in 2014 and 2016. She became the World Champion in 2017, after defeating Nour El Sherbini in the finals.

Career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

Alexandria-born Raneem El Welily has emerged as one of the most skillful players on the PSA Women’s World Tour since she turned professional in 2002. Raneem followed her brother into squash at the age of six and first played for Egypt in the World Juniors 2001 in Penang, Malaysia, then aged ten.

Two years later when the event was played in Cairo she was part of the Egyptian winning squad, and in 2004 she represented the senior team that came fourth in the World Teams in Amsterdam.

The highlight of Raneem’s junior career is when she became the world junior champion in Herentals, Belgium in 2005. Then she was voted WISPA Young Player of the Year for 2005 for the second time after winning it in 2004. She lifted the World Junior Championship twice, in 2005 and 2007. Raneem also is a 6-time British Junior Open Winner.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Raneem El Welily won her first senior Tour title in 2009 when she triumphed at the Heliopolis Open in Egypt.[3]

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.[4]

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 in 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.[5]

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.[6] In September 2015, Raneem surpassed David to clinch the World No.1 ranking in the PSA Women's World Ranking.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Raneem was born and raised in Alexandria. She is married to Tarek Momen, a professional squash player.[8] She graduated from the German School in Alexandria and between training sessions she also finds time to indulge her interests of music, jigsaw puzzles (which she buys from all over the world) and has recently become a sudoku addict.[9]

Titles (17)[edit]

Outcome Year Tournament Location Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2009 Heliopolis Open Cairo, Egypt Egypt Engy Kheirallah 7–11, 12–10, 11–6, 11–5
Winner 2011 Carol Weymuller Open Brooklyn, United States England Jenny Duncalf 11–7, 15–13, 11–4
Winner 2011 Hurghada International Hurghada, Egypt Egypt Omneya Abdel Kawy 11–5, 12–10, 11–9
Winner 2012 Women's Malaysian Open Squash Championships Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia Nicol David 12–10, 11–13, 11–6, 11–2
Winner 2012 Greenwich Open New York City, United States New Zealand Joelle King 11–8, 11–8, 6–11, 11–4
Winner 2013 Cleveland Classic Cleveland, United States Malaysia Nicol David 3–11, 11–5, 9–11, 11–5, 11–9
Winner 2014 Women's Malaysian Open Squash Championships Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Egypt Nour El Tayeb 7–11, 11–3, 12–10, 2–11, 11–7
Winner 2015 Tournament of Champions New York City, United States England Alison Waters 9–11, 12–10, 11–4, 11–4
Winner 2015 Metro Squash Windy City Open Chicago, United States Malaysia Nicol David 12–14, 12–10, 11–7, 11–7
Winner 2015 Alexandria International Alexandria, Egypt Egypt Omneya Abdel Kawy 11–6, 11–5, 11–9
Winner 2015 China Open Shanghai, China Egypt Nouran Gohar 13–11, 11–7, 11–7
Winner 2016 Metro Squash Windy City Open Chicago, United States Egypt Nour El Sherbini 9–11, 11–6, 11–3, 11–6
Winner 2016 Al-Ahram International Cairo, Egypt Egypt Nour El Sherbini 11–5, 11–9, 9–11, 9–11, 11–7
Winner 2016 Wadi Degla Open Cairo, Egypt Egypt Nouran Gohar 11–8, 7–11, 11–4, 11–5
Winner 2017 Metro Squash Windy City Open Chicago, United States Egypt Nour El Sherbini 10–12, 11–7, 11–7, 11–7
Winner 2017 World Open Manchester, England Egypt Nour El Sherbini 3–11, 12–10, 11–7, 11–5
Winner 2018 El Gouna International El Gouna, Egypt Egypt Nour El Sherbini 5-11, 11-8, 11-3, 14-12

World Open[edit]

Finals: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Location Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2014 Cairo, Egypt Malaysia Nicol David 11–5, 8–11, 11–7, 12–14, 5–11
Runner-up 2016 El Gouna, Egypt Egypt Nour El Sherbini 8–11, 9–11, 9–11
Winner 2017 Manchester, England Egypt Nour El Sherbini 3–11, 12–10, 11–7, 11–5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Info, Squash. "Squash Info | Raneem El Welily | Squash". www.squashinfo.com. Retrieved 2018-04-16.
  2. ^ "Raneem El Welily Harrow Squash Interview". www.squashsite.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  3. ^ "Raneem El Welily – Professional Squash Association". psaworldtour.com. Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  4. ^ "Raneem El Welily – Professional Squash Association". psaworldtour.com. Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  5. ^ "Raneem El Welily – Professional Squash Association". psaworldtour.com. Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  6. ^ "Raneem El Welily – Professional Squash Association". psaworldtour.com. Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  7. ^ "Q&A: Egyptian squash champion Raneem El-Weleily speaks about being world number one - Omni Sports - Sports - Ahram Online". english.ahram.org.eg. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  8. ^ "Raneem and Tarek tie the Knot". SquashSite TODAY. Retrieved 2018-04-16.
  9. ^ "Catching Up With…Raneem El Welily". U.S. Open Squash. 2014-08-28. Retrieved 2018-10-02.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nicol David
World No. 1
September 2015 – December 2015
Succeeded by
Laura Massaro
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Laura Massaro
PSA Women's Player of the Year
2014
Succeeded by
Current hoder
Preceded by
WISPA Young Player of the Year
2004–2005
Succeeded by
Tenille Swartz
Preceded by
Kasey Brown
WISPA Most Improved Player of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
Alison Waters