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Squash: Favourite David stunned on home ground by giant-killer Sherbini

Published on Mar 23, 2014 12:16 AM

GEORGE TOWN, Penang (AFP) - Unseeded Egyptian Nour El Sherbini pulled off the biggest upset of the world women's championship on Saturday by beating Malaysia's defending world champion Nicol David 4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 2-11, 11-9 in front of 2,000 shell-shocked fans in her home town.

Hot favourite David flew out of the traps early on, working her much younger opponent all over the court to take the first game 11-4.

But Sherbini, 18, the youngest semi-finalist in the history of the championship, staged a remarkable comeback to win the second game 11-9, before upping the ante in the third to win 11-6 and pile the pressure on the Malaysian.

David did storm back with purpose to take the fourth game at 11-2 and force the deciding fifth game, which Sherbini ultimately clinched 11-9 with poise and precision.

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