SQUASH: Raneem El-Welily announces her retirement

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Egypt and World no. 1 player, Raneem El-Welily, has officially announced her retirement from squash after an eventful career.

El-Welily had last played in the 2020 Windy City Open, where she lost 4-1 (8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 6-11, 9-11) to Nour El-Sherbiny in the final.

However, the 31-year-old managed to keep her spot at the top of PSA World Rankings with her lead as World no. 1 lasting for a total of 23 months.

On Thursday, El-Welily released a statement announcing her retirement from squash, bringing her 11-year professional career to an end.

Photo: PSA

“What a ride it has been. When this journey started, I never thought that it would take me this far,” El-Welily said on .

“I have been so fortunate to have witnessed many generations play the game, to have been inspired by so many legends, and to have been a part of such a great era.

“Over the years I’ve trained with many coaches, and I’ve always considered myself so lucky to have crossed paths with a number of talented, experienced and passionate coaches whom I had the chance to spend time with and more importantly learn from both in Squash, as well as on a personal level.”

El-Welily has enjoyed a successful career, winning the 2017 Women’s World Open Squash Championship and five World Team Championships between 2008 and 2018.

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