Women’s Squash Association Chairman congratulates Nour El Sherbini and Antonella Falcione
At a time when the squash community has seven more nerve-wracking weeks to wait for the potentially historic IOC announcement for the results of the 2020 Olympic bid, I am delighted to congratulate two players who are making their mark in WSA history.
17-year-old Nour El Sherbini of Egypt, a former world number four, has been crowned World Junior Champion for a third time. El Sherbini’s first championship title came at the tender age of thirteen and since then she has climbed a remarkable 204 places in the rankings to hold her current position as world number 11.
Antonella Falcione added to the momentous week as the 22-year-old became the first Argentinean player to win a WSA title by beating world number 50 Melody Francis in the final of the 2013 Tasmanian Open. Indeed, this was the first time any Argentinean has ever reached a WSA final, and Falcione finished a brilliant week of squash with a significant win against the home favourite.
Both wins are clearly fantastic milestones for the individual players but they also give an insight into the future of squash as it continues to grow internationally with exceptional strength and depth in the game. For both its international reach and brilliant talent in the game we feel squash deserves a place in the Olympics and hope we will be successful in seven weeks’ time.
As Chairman of the WSA Board of Directors I would like to personally congratulate both players for their achievements and wish them success in their future careers.
Ingrid Lofdahl- Bentzer
Antonella Falcione on her win :
“This is my first WSA title and, or course, really special for me. I started to play the tour last year, and I discovered a new world in squash, where things are much more difficult, harder rivals, but wins more rewarding!
“Last week in Melbourne I didn’t have a good tournament, but in Tasmania I could focus and control my mind, to play point by point, and it worked!
“I played with really good players in the tournament, and beat them makes my confidence to increase and convince myself that with hard working I can reach my objectives.
“I want to say thanks to all the people that support me, specially Allianz, Maximiliano Lenz and my coaches Diego De Bella and Sarah Fitz-Gerald.”