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Egypt squash player reaches World Championship finals for first time

Egypt is hosting the 30th edition of the Women’s World Open Squash Championship

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Egyptian squash player Raneem el-Weleily is set to play her first final on Saturday at the Women's World Squash Championship in Cairo against Malaysia’s Nicol David.

Egypt is hosting the 30th edition of the Women’s World Open Squash Championship from Dec. 15 to Dec. 20.

Weleily, 25, will play in front of her home crowd after defeating Britain’s Alison Waters in the semi-finals.

"Somehow I have to handle it as if it were just another match," Weleily said, as quoted by the BBC.

World number one Nicol David, 31, claimed a hard-fought 3-2 win over her Egyptian career-long rival Omneya Abdel Kawy in the semi-finals on Friday.

The match will be played in the Wadi Degla Squash Club in Cairo.

The winner receives a prize fund of $150,000, according to the Daily News Egypt.