Women's squash world champion to earn more than men's winner

    World No.1 Raneem El Welily of Egypt in action against Camille Serme of France.

    (CNN)In a potentially groundbreaking move, the women's world squash champion will win more money than her male counterpart this year.

    This week, the world's best female squash players will compete for a first prize of $48,640 out of a purse of $430,000 at the CIB PSA Women's World Championship in the shadow of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
    The men's world champion will win $45,600 from a pot of $335,000 in Doha, Qatar in November, according to the Professional Squash Association (PSA).
      "I'm proud to be part of such a sport that is driving this change," said Egypt's Raneem El Welily, the world No.1. "It is very rare to see in any sport. We are breaking stereotypes and breaking boundaries."
      Raneem El Welily of Egypt holds the AJ Bell PSA World Squash Championships trophy after victory over compatriot Nour El Sherbini in 2017.
      Gender pay equality is an increasingly dominant issue in world sport, highlighted recently when the World Cup-winning US women's national football team filed a gender discrimination law suit against US Soccer over unequal pay.
      A 2017 BBC report found 83 percent of sports surveyed pay men and women equally in terms of prize money, but combined with discrepancies in sponsorships and endorsements, tennis star Serena Williams is still the only woman on the Forbe's 100 list for top earning athletes.