We’ve reached finals night in Cairo as the 2021/22 CIB PSA World Tour Finals Champions will be crowned at the Mall of Arabia.
First up will be a box office clash between the World No.1 Nouran Gohar and the reigning World Champion Nour El Sherbini.
Gohar has not dropped a game on route to this year’s final and looked in strong form last night as she beat British Open Champion Hania El Hammamy to reach the final. El Sherbini on the other hand, defeated USA No.1 Amanda Sobhy to book her final place.
Following that match, the men’s final between World No.2 Paul Coll and El Gouna International winner Mostafa Asal will close out the 2021/2022 PSA World Tour season.
The pair recently met in the final of the El Gouna International with Asal taking the win in confident style, 3-0. The two also met in the group stages at this event with Coll winning in straight games.
You can watch all the action live on SQUASHTV.
Finals Order of Play
(All times are local – GMT+2)
Order of play
El Sherbini wins the PSA CIB World Tour Finals Title
El Sherbini in action
El Sherbini showed no sign of any nerves in the opening exchanges in the first game as she raced out to a 6-0 lead to pile the pressure onto the No.1 seed early in the match. ‘The Warrior Princess’ continued to fire the ball in short and went through to take the opening game 11-6.
Gohar started to find her way into the match in the second game with her line and length drastically improving to force El Sherbini back in the court. Gohar found herself 7-5 up in the game but back came El Sherbini, taking six of the next seven points to take a crucial 2-0 lead.
There was no stopping the World No.2 as she moved from strength to strength to twist and turn Gohar continually. El Sherbini took full advantage of all of her attacking opportunities and set herself up with 8 championship balls. Despite a mini-comeback from Gohar, El Sherbini closed out the match to lift her second World Tour Finals title.
How does she do it!?
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El Sherbini had this to say after her win:
“I’m really happy with my performance, I think this was my best performance of the whole season so I'm glad I'm ending on a win and I just wanted to be good in my last match and last tournament.
“I've been struggling the whole season but it's a credit to all the other players who have been playing really well. I’ve been trying to push every match and I'm glad that I stopped in the middle of the season, it helped me a lot to regroup and I'm really happy with the last three tournaments I played and now I can rest and come back stronger.
“She [Nouran Gohar] took the No.1 spot from me and has been winning all the Platinum events so that shows how on form she has been. It’s always challenging and tough, she didn’t lose a game all tournament so it was tough. I’m happy with the rivalry and the challenge we have and I'm looking forward to the challenge next season.”
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt  Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (43m)
Asal defends CIB PSA World Tour Final crown
Asal celebrates in front of the crowd
Following the women’s final, Mostafa Asal and Paul Coll took to the all-glass court at the Mall of Arabia in the final match of the PSA World Tour season.
Both players started the match slightly edgy as they each found the tin on several occasions when presented with good chances to take the ball short. It didn’t take long for the quality to surface however as the hard-hitting game of Asal started to trouble Coll in all areas of the court. Asal took the opening game 13-11 after a mammoth 40 minutes of play.
A decision-filled second game went the way of the Egyptian also as the World No.4 doubled his lead winning 11-8. Asal was lethal around the middle of the court and leapt onto any volleying opportunities that came his way.
Coll led 6-3 in the third game with Asal looking to be feeling the effects of the opening two games as errors started to creep into the Egyptian’s game. In typical style, Asal bounced back. The defending Champion was not letting Coll back into the match that easily and lifted his body language to put the pressure back on Coll. Asal moved through to 10-7 and only needed one attempt to capture the CIB PSA World Tour Finals title for the second successive time.
“It’s unbelievable for me, having two trophies for the same tournament and defending my title is unreal for me,” said Asal.
“Thanks to this crowd, Karim Darwish for organising this amazing tournament, Lee Beachill and all of PSA for helping me. All credit to Paul, he’s an unbelievable player and one of the most honest players on tour, thanks to him for a great battle and I’m looking forward to more battles with him for sure.
“After the first game, I looked at the screen and it was 40 minutes and I thought I couldn’t continue like this and I managed to win the third and to win the match is something unbelievable for me and I’m looking forward to playing here again.
“Thanks to my parents, my friends, my coaches. It’s unreal support, I’m playing in front of my friends and I live two minutes from here so it’s hard to express my feelings.”
 Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt  Paul Coll (NZL) 3-0: 13-11, 11-8, 11-7 (76m)