PETALING JAYA: Egyptian sensation Nour El Sherbini proved that her World Championship runner-up finish was no fluke when she stormed into the US$50,000 (RM161,850) Texas Open final.
The 18-year-old played like a seasoned professional en route to downing France’s Camille Serme 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Just as she did against national No. 2 and world No. 7 Low Wee Wern in the quarter-finals on Friday, world No. 13 Nour, who came through the qualifiers, got off to a flying start by taking the first two sets.
World No. 6 Serme gave herself a shot in the match by taking the third set but Nour, who was once ranked as high as fourth in the world before a six-month injury break last year, finished stronger to book her spot in the final after 55 minutes.
Nour, who is certain to climb up the ranking, will meet India’s No. 1 and world No. 12 Dipika Pallikal in the final.
Dipika played superbly to stun second seed and world No. 8 Madeline Perry of Ireland 11-7, 11-13, 13-11, 10-12, 11-4 in 75 minutes.