Once again the Highlight of the Women’s Squash Association (WSA) World Tour Series, the WSA World Championship, is held on an ASB ShowGlassCourt. Backed by Wadi Degla Holding and boasting a USD $150,000 prize-fund, the premier WSA event took place at the Wadi Degla club in Cairo from 12-20 December 2014. The 30th edition of the tournament has been staged in Egypt for only the second time since the inaugural event in 1979.
Just days after adding a world team title to the individual world crown, Laura Massaro (ENG) tried to defend her title in the Women’s World Championship in Cairo. Massaro clinched the 2013 title in March this year after beating unseeded Egyptian Nour El Sherbini in the final in Penang, Malaysia. After becoming World Team Champion with England in early December in Canada, the shortest reign in world championship history came to an end in Cairo when fifth seed Alison Waters upset England team-mate Laura Massaro, the No.2 seed, in the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Championship.
In a dramatic climax Malaysia’s World No.1 Nicol David saved four match-balls in the final of the 30th staging of the premier Women’s Squash Association tournament to overcome home favourite Raneem El Welily in a five-game 66-minute display of exhilarating squash at the Wadi Degla club in Cairo. David extended her record to eight titles, as the 31-year-old from Penang who won her first world title in Hong Kong in 2005, came into the 2014 event looking for revenge after crashing out of the 2013 championship semi-finals.