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Hong Kong: Elshorbagy Retains Title

Egypt’s Mohamed Elshorbagy successfully defended his crown at the 2015 Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open, downing surprise title-challenger Cameron Pilley 3-0 in front of a capacity crowd at the Hong Kong Squash Centre.

The 24-year-old Egyptian, who fell to World No.2 after a disappointing third round exit at last month’s PSA World Championship, stuttered at times but ultimately used his big match experience to his advantage to restrict the hard-hitting Australian, who defeated World No.7 Simon Rösner, World No.1 Gregory Gaultier and World No.3 Nick Matthew en route to the finale.

Elshorbagy edged a closely contested opening game and from then on enjoyed the ascendency.

“Winning a major final is always a great feeling and I really wanted to come here and defend the title I won last year,” said Elshorbagy.

“Hong Kong is one of the biggest tournaments and titles on the tour and there are some great names on that trophy so it’s an honour to know that my name will be on there beside them once again.

“Cameron has had a great week, beating Greg and Nick especially, but I am pleased with how I was able to put it all together this week and especially tonight. I feel like I’ve dealt well with the tournament mentally all week and I’m very happy to win and end the year on a high.”

Result – Final: Men’s 2015 Hong Kong Open
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-8 (41m)

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