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Tributes Pour in For El Welily Following Retirement

Tributes have been pouring in on social media following yesterday’s announcement that women’s World No.1 Raneem El Welily has retired from professional squash.

El Welily is regarded as one of the most talented players ever to pick up a squash racket, while she was a trailblazer for Egyptian women, becoming the first female Arab in any sport to hold the World No.1 ranking after ending Nicol David’s nine-year reign atop the World Rankings in 2015.

The 31-year-old was also a major force on the WSF scene too, and was a member of Egypt’s WSF Women’s World Team Squash Championship winning side on four occasions: 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2018.

Overall, El Welily spent 23 months at World No.1 – including the last 19 months – and captured many of the sport’s biggest titles, such as the 2017 PSA Women’s World Championship, in an 18-year career.

El Welily’s presence at the top of the game will be sorely missed and a number of her fellow players took to social media to react to the news.


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