The finals of the 2016 Windy City Open presented by Guggenheim Partners and Equitrust Life Insurance Company, PSA World Series tournament taking place at the University Club of Chicago, will have a heavy Egyptian feel after three of four available berths in the respective women’s title deciders were snatched up by players from the Middle Eastern country today.
In the women’s draw in-form 20-year-old Nour El Sherbini, who last month claimed the first major World Series title of her career when she won the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, followed up her impressive 3-0 win over Nicol David with a masterclass performance to beat pre-tournament favourite and World No.1 Laura Massaro.
El Sherbini played with unrestricted attacking flair throughout the match and underlined her position as a genuine top class contender by overturning a 2-7 deficit in the third game to take the match 11-7, 11-9, 11-9.
“I have been struggling with a flu so I really did not expect to reach the final but I think I played perfect today,” said El Sherbini.
“Because I was struggling with my breathing I was going for every shot and thankfully they were going in. Normally when I play Laura it is a tough five-game match so to win 3-0 is an achievement that I’m definitely proud of.”
El Sherbini will face compatriot and defending women’s champion Raneem El Welily in the final.
After stuttering through the early rounds of the tournament El put in a highly polished and focused performance to overcome Camille Serme of France 3-0.
“I tried to stay relaxed and play to my game plan and I think I focused well and managed not to get loose and play too many shots down the middle,” said El Welily.
“I’m very happy to be into the final again here in Chicago. I enjoy this tournament and it brings the best out of me and it is great that it is an all-Egyptian final and I’m looking forward to playing Nour.
“She’s in top form and played really well today so it should be a very good match tomorrow.”
Results – Semi-finals Women’s 2016 Windy City Open:
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt  Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 (35m)
 Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt  Camille Serme (FRA) 3-0: 11-9, 13-11, 11-8 (37m)
Draw – Final:
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v  Raneem El Welily (EGY)
photos Janos Schmidt