Egypt faces the USA at the WSF Women’s World Team Championship Final

After their win against England for the first time in the semi-finals, the USA Women’s world team will face Egypt’s defending champions at the finals; both teams will be playing on opposite sides to win the title of the WSF Women’s World Team Championship.

This came after Sarah-Jane Perry, England’s no.1 announced that she can’t continue the competition and forfeited the match, which kick-started the confidence in the USA team to reach the finals.

Egypt, on the other hand, has proven its athletic powers during the entire championship at “Madinaty” sports club. The defending champions team, led by Nouran Gohar, Hania El Hammamy, and Nour El Sherbini has achieved win after win, leading up to the finals, which will take place at 20:00 (GMT+2) at the Madinaty Sporting Club today, December 16, with a pre-final concert taking place from 18:00.

Amanda Sobhy, the American champion who beat England’s Jasmine’s Hutton expressed her pride to reach the finals and enthusiasm for the final match. She said “We’re proud of what we did, proud for our country, for the team, and for each other”, followed by US Coach, Ong Beng Hee’s statement “We felt the pressure. With Amanda having a hard match yesterday, we were not sure about her condition, but today, she showed up.”

As the USA women’s team prepare for today’s match, they will undoubtedly take Egypt’s impressive team into account, after witnessing their impressive performance against Malaysia to reach the final for the third consecutive time.

“Aifa’s game is a bit unorthodox and difficult to read, so you need to be on your toes and alert. And sometimes you wake up and it’s not your day.” Engy Kheirallah, the Egyptian Coach stated after Gohar’s unexpected loss against Afia Azman, World No. 31; “But at the end of the day, that’s what makes Gohar World No.1. Even when she is not at her best and not 100 percent, she still delivers. And that’s what makes top players special.” She added.

Results: WSF Women’s World Team Championship Semi-Finals:

 [1] EGYPT 2-0 [5/6] MALAYSIA
Hania El Hammamy 3-0 Chan Yiwen: 11-8, 11-2, 11-5 (23m)
Nouran Gohar 3-1 Aifa Azman: 11-8, 13-11, 3-11, 11-4 (43m)
Nour El Sherbini v Rachel Arnold (w/d)

[2] USA 2-0 [3] ENGLAND
Sabrina Sobhy 3-0 Julianne Courtice: 11-5, 11-5, 11-3 (25m)
Amanda Sobhy 3-1 Jasmine Hutton: 10-12, 13-11, 11-7, 11-2 (39m)
Olivia Fiechter v Lucy Turmel (w/d)

 

 

Madinaty Sports Club hosts the WSF Women’s World Team Squash Championship

The Women’s World Team Squash Championship 2022 was announced to be taking place at Madinaty Sports Club in association with Talaat Mostafa Group (TMG) between the 10th and 16th of December.

Besides having top-notch sports facilities and infrastructure that meet the highest international standards, there are around 11 state-of-the-art squash courts at Madinaty Sports Club, which is why the club was charged by the World Squash Federation (WSF) to host the championship. The semi-finals and Finals are set to take place at the main glass court that can hold up to 1500 spectators.

The tournament consists of 17 teams, each of which includes 4 international players. The national team of Egypt will participate with four of its most accomplished international players, Nouran Gohar, the world’s number one squash player, in addition to Nour El-Sherbini, the world’s second, Hania El-Hammamy, the world’s third, and Nour El-Tayeb, world’s sixth.

Considerably, it’s such a great honor for Talaat Mostafa Group to be hosting major sporting events that bring together the finest, most celebrated athletes in the world; the WFC Women’s World Team Squash Championship 2022 is no exception.

Moreover, Egypt hosted the international series barely a month ago, which makes Madinaty and Egypt by extension a global destination for hosting worldwide international sports events.

TMG’s project portfolio has started numerous sports and social clubs, and will additionally offer integrated services to its customers, including sports activities, in an attempt to promote residents to be physically active.

 

World Champion Nouran Gohar: On Squash and Mental Health

Over the past few decades, squash has become one of Egypt’s most followed individual sports, and its fan base is constantly growing.

Egyptian athlete, Nouran Gohar has passed multiple milestones, by becoming a local and international champion. She was recently ranked the number one female squash player worldwide at the age of 25, bringing a massive amount of pride to Egypt, besides growing to be a prominent role model for young athletes.

Following her new world record of eight out of twelve wins in the 2021-2022 season, the rising star secured a place in the 2022 edition of “Middle east 30 under30”. Despite her busy schedule, Nouran managed to reach first place for the first time, at the age of 22 athletic success, and graduate with high honors from the American University in Cairo, faculty of constructing engineering, all at once.

In a recent interview with Egyptian Streets about how she began her journey with Squash and the highs and lows of her chosen career.

When asked about her introduction to the sport and how she knew this was the right pass, she mentioned her family’s Olympic achievements and how her father, who played squash as an amateur introduced her to the sport. Gohar said that playing alongside her dad was the first time she felt comfortable and enjoyed playing a sport after she tried both gymnastics and swimming. She went on about how she started relatively late at the age of 9, as opposed to kids who start at six, but  it didn’t matter because she was fond of the sport.

Responding to the interviewer’s question about her opinion on how Egypt only focuses on football, rather than individual sports like squash, the Egyptian athlete said that is a common preference all over the world and it’s not limited to Egypt. She continued to praise Egypt’s progress over the past three to five years to acknowledge more sports including squash and how it’s a great time to be practicing the sport in the meantime because they get exposure and sponsorship, which leads to worldwide recognition.

On the question of whether the sport affects her mental health or not, Gohar strongly affirmed the huge pressure that squash put on her mental health. She then went into detail on how, contrary to what people believe, Squash is not all about playing, traveling and meeting new people, but rather hard work and numerous sacrifices. Squash has emotional, physical, and mental demands and requires most of your time and attention; the athlete said that during her 16 years of perusing her career as a squash champion, she missed out on family events and other life opportunities just to be able to focus on her tournaments, which takes up to 12 days a year, but she appreciates the ability to go after her dream and turn her passion into job career.

Furthermore, Gohar spoke about a time in her career when she felt like a failure. In 2017, she was merely 19, and she reached world number two, after beating much older champions and she was gaining everyone’s attention at the time. Unfortunately, she suffered a lot of injuries that year, which cost her a lot of matches. This had an increasingly negative effect on her as she wasn’t one to accept losing or being average. She said her mental health and self-confidence were significantly affected, but luckily she is not one to give up either.

The world number one champion concluded her interview by sharing her advice as a role model to young athletes, stating that one should really put in the effort and hard wok, in order to find success. She said that family and friends can only support you, but you are the one responsible for your own success.