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HANIA EL HAMMAMY

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Hania El Hammamy

Titles

  • Black Ball Open (2020),

  • British Open (2022),

  • Egyptian Open (2022),

  • El Gouna International (2022),

  • Hong Kong Open (2022),

  • Manchester Open (2021),

  • World Tour Finals (2020)

  • Women's World Team Champion (EGY - 2022),

  • World Junior Champion (2019)

Biography

Hania El Hammamy was part of the Egyptian generation that made its mark in the early 2000s. She started out doing gymnastics, but the example of her brother Karim El Hammamy, a professional squash player, encouraged her to also practice this sport. from the age of seven.

 

She becomes the first player born in the 21st century to win a PSA tournament after beating Fiona Moverley in the final of the Geneva Open in March 2015 without losing a game during the tournament. This victory at the age of 14 also allows her to be the second youngest player to win a title after Habiba Mohamed.

 

After winning all age categories at the British Junior Open, she is seeded No. 1 and favorite for the 2017 World Junior Championship but lost in the final to compatriot Rowan Elaraby.

 

She quickly confirmed by creating a sensation at the Windy City Open 2018 by winning in the 1st round against Nicol David, eight times world champion, after recovering from a handicap of two games. It's Nicol David's first loss in the first round of a World Series tournament in 16 years.

 

She entered the top 20 for the first time in May 2018 at the age of seventeen. In July 2018, she lost again in the final of the world junior championship against Rowan Elaraby, revenge of the previous year. In January 2019 when she is 17th in the world, she again wins the British Junior Open. In March 2019, she eliminated the 3rd world player Nour El Tayeb in the 2nd round of the PSA Gold Black Ball Squash Open tournament.

 

In August 2019, she won the title of junior world champion for her third consecutive final. In October, she reached the semi-finals of the world championship by recovering a handicap of two games in the quarter-finals against the 4th player in the world, Camille Serme. Thanks to this performance, she entered the top 10 for the first time in December 2019. In March 2020, she won her first platinum tournament, the most prestigious category, during the Black Ball Squash Open against world champion Nour El Sherbini. In April 2022, she won the prestigious British Open against world No. 1 Nouran Gohar.

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Word from Philippe Signoret

Her lightness on the court and its coverageture of land have earned it the nickname "gazelle". Hania is able to bring back the most impossible balls and thus force her opponent to continue exchanges that seemed to hert be acquired. Her attacking game, in particular her double-wall volley, also remains a reference on the circuit.

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