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EGYPT v ENGLAND, LIVE: EGYPT WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!

Live from the Palais des Sports Robert Charpentier in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Jérôme Elhaïk

Photos Paul Orlovic

2016 Women’s World Team Championship Final

4pm

EGYPT beat ENGLAND: 2-1

Streaming on

Day 6 : 03/12

Preview of the final by Howard Harding

Look back into the Egypt v England rivalry with Raneem El Welily

Raneem El Welily beats Sarah-Jane Perry: 3-1 (12-10, 11-4, 11-6)

5:58pm: This 2016 WWTC will end with a deciding match. 4-0 in the H2H for Raneem El Welily.

6:12pm: Match about to start.

1st game: Very positive start from SJ Perry and El Welily seems a bit tense … 6-2 … 7-4 … We said Rally of the week in the previous match but this was not bad either, Raneem coming back to 7-8 … 10-10 … Perry was ahead in the whole game but El Welily used all her magic to clinch this one. The rally at 7-8 was key, Perry struggled to recover afterwards. 1-0 Egypt.

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2nd game: Amazing start from El Welily who goes 8-2 up in a blink of an eye … Lots of unforced errors of her opponent, losing the first game was obviously difficult for Perry … 11-4 Egypt, one game away from the World Team title!

3rd game: 4-4 … Crowd on the edge of their seat after a monster of a rally, 7-6 El Welily … Match El Welily 11-6.

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Nouran Gohar beats Alison Waters: 3-1 (11-6, 11-4, 12-10)

The match ball on slow motion

5:07pm: Knock-up just started. 2-1 for Waters in the H2H but Gohar won their last encounter in Hong Kong a few months ago, 3-0.

1st game: As usual, Nouran Gohar is hitting every ball with intent but Waters absorbing well so far, 2-2, … We are treated with a quality match so far, 5-3 Gohar … 7-5 Gohar who is keeping a 2 point cushion … 11-6 Gohar, 1-0 Egypt.

2nd game: 4-2 Gohar … RALLY OF THE WEEK ending with a let …Still 6-4 Gohar, court being cleaned … 9-4 Gohar … The Egyptian player came back ridiculously strong after the interruption and is now 2-0 up.

3rd game: Alison Waters starting the 3rd game well and leading 5-4 … Another long rally ending with a stroke to Gohar who levels at 5-all … What a backhand kill from the Egyptian, 6-6 … Another one but on the forehand, 8-7 Gohar … Nice backhand drop from Waters, 8-8 … 10-10, tie-break, two game balls saved by Gohar … The match finishes with Waters tinning the ball on the right front of the court. Match Gohar, SJ Perry and Raneem El Welily will play the decider!

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Laura Massaro beats Nour El Sherbini: 3-1 (9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-6)

4:01pm: The two players about to start the knock-up …

4:08pm: Laura Massaro and Nour El Sherbini are on court, ready to start the match …

1st game: The final started on a funny note, the referee announcing “Laura Massaro, from Egypt, to serve” which made the England number one smile … El Sherbini started like a stream train, playing at an incredible pace, 6-1 … Massaro now makes her move, 8-10 … 10-9, El Sherbini finds a wonderful length on the forehand side and converts her fourth game ball. 11-9.

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2nd game: Good start from Massaro, 5-3 … Combination of El Sherbini making a few mistakes and Massaro playing much better, finding some nice attacking shots. The English girl levels at 1 game-all.

3rd game: Crucial game, the interferences are becoming more frequent, 5-2 Massaro … More and more decisions, and the two players are talking to each other, 6-4 Massaro … Best rally of the match won by Massaro, 9-4 … Sherbini clawing back 6-9 … Game Massaro who came back really strong after a difficult start of the match. 2-1 England.

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4th game: 2-1 Massaro … 5-3 Massaro … Tight ball from the English girl on the forehand side, 6-3 … Massaro now 2 points away … 4 match balls at 10-6 … Match Massaro 11-6.

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Brilliant performance from Laura Massaro who recovered from a poor start to beat the world number 1 in 4 games. She puts her team ahead and one match away from retaining their world title.

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