Omneya Abdel Kawy became the first Egyptian to win the Women’s Monte Carlo Classic title after beating former champion Vanessa Atkinson in the final of the $25,300 WISPA World Tour squash event in its 15th year at Stade Louis II in Monaco.
Atkinson, the third seed from the Netherlands who was champion in 2005, was celebrating her 40th appearance in a WISPA World Tour final.
But it was Abdel Kawy’s day as the 25-year-old top seed from Cairo fought for 33 minutes to beat Atkinson 11-5, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9 to celebrate her maiden title-winning triumph.
It was the latest success in a fine run of form for Abdel Kawy who reached the final of the World Open in her home country for the first time only last month.
The Monte Carlo Classic success marks the eighth Tour title of Abdel Kawy’s career.
The runner-up also had her share of the limelight, however, when a special presentation was made to Vanessa Atkinsonby The Monégasque Fédération to mark her tenth appearance in the Monte Carlo Squash Classic since the first edition in 1996 – in which she reached the final four times and won it in 2005.
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt  Vanessa Atkinson (NED) 11-5, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9 (33m)
Serme Surprise Takes Atkinson Into Fourth Monte Carlo Final
A rejuvenated 34-year-old Vanessa Atkinson pulled off a notable upset over France’s second seed Camille Serme in the Women’s Monte Carlo Classic to earn a fourth appearance in the final of the $25,300 WISPA World Tour squash event in its 15th year at Stade Louis II in Monaco.
The third-seeded Dutch star, taking time away from her English Literature studies at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK, recovered from a game down to beat 21-year-old Serme, the world No7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9 – and reach the 40th World Tour final of her career!
Atkinson made the Monte Carlo final in her first appearance in the event in 1999 as a qualifier, then won the title in 2005 before finishing as runner-up the following year.
The former world number one and world champion from The Hague, who currently sits in 11th place in the WISPA world list, now faces Egyptian favourite Omneya Abdel Kawy.
The 25-year-old from Cairo ended giant-killer Annelize Naude‘s run, beating the unseeded 33-year-old from Amsterdam 11-7, 11-8, 11-8.
Abdel Kawy, currently boasting a career-high world No4 ranking, is aiming to become the first Egyptian to win the established Monte Carlo title – but it is Atkinson who has the edge on their head-to-head record, after winning seven of the eight Tour meetings since 2002.
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt Annelize Naude (NED) 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (27m)
 Vanessa Atkinson (NED) bt  Camille Serme (FRA) 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9 (48m)
Naude Stuns Stoehr In Classic Upset
Unseeded Annelize Naude continued her giant-killing run in the Women’s Monte Carlo Classic when she upset fourth-seeded French opponent Isabelle Stoehr in the quarter-finals of the $25,300 WISPA World Tour squash event in its 15th year at Stade Louis II in Monaco.
Only 24 hours after despatching England’s fifth seed Sarah Kippax, the world No41 from the Netherlands ousted Stoehr, ranked 23 places higher, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 in 29 minutes.
The 33-year-old from Amsterdam will now face favourite Omneya Abdel Kawy, the world No4 from Egypt who defeatedOrla Noom, the No7 seed from the Netherlands, 11-5, 11-5, 11-2.
Two of the top European players, who have faced each other four times in regional tournaments on the continent over the past two years, meet for the first time on the WISPA World Tour in the Monte Carlo semi-finals.
Camille Serme, the second seed from Paris who is hoping to become the first ever French winner of the title, beat Guyana’s unseeded Nicolette Fernandes 11-2, 11-8, 11-2.
The 21-year-old world No7 will face Vanessa Atkinson, the third seed from the Netherlands who reached the final as a qualifier in her first appearance in the event in 1999, then won the title in 2005.
Atkinson, a former world number one, removed Ireland’s sixth seed Aisling Blake 11-7, 12-10, 5-11, 11-7.
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt  Orla Noom (NED) 11-5, 11-5, 11-2 (22m)
Annelize Naude (NED) bt  Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) 5-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (29m)
 Vanessa Atkinson (NED) bt  Aisling Blake (IRL) 11-7, 12-10, 5-11, 11-7 (35m)
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 11-2, 11-8, 11-2 (28m)