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WindyCity Update: Elshorbagy Takes Men's Crown

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt [2] Nick Matthew (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 1-0 retired (22m)

Mohamed Elshorbagy took a fourth consecutive PSA World Series title after opponent Nick Matthew, the defending champion, was forced to retire through injury during their 2016 Windy City Open final, which sees the Egyptian add the Chicago crown to the Qatar Classic, Hong Kong Open and Tournament of Champions titles he has collected so far during the 2015/16 season.

The opening game of the encounter lived up to the pre-event billing between the two perennial foes as they slugged it out in a series of tough, punishing rallies. After taking the early impetus Matthew saw his early advantage overturned as Elshorbagy increased the tempo of the encounter in a blistering turn of pace to take the first 11-6.

But it was evident early on in the second game that Matthew was struggling on court as he began to go for outright winners at every opportunity as the second game went away from him in just a matter of minutes before he conceded early in the third, handing Elshorbagy the victory.

Key Moment
Mid-way through the second game it became evident that Matthew’s movement was beginning to labour.

Player Comments
Mohamed Elshorbagy: “I noticed at the start of the second he was struggling to move.

“He’s had some tough matches this tournament and I don’t know how he came back from that second round match. That shows the great player he is, he’s an inspiration to all of us and I hope he is back on court soon.

“I live for great battles and to play against great players like Nick. It’s unfortunate what happened today as that’s not the way that I wanted to win – it’s tough to focus on what you have to do to win.

“But this is the first time I’ve won this title and I’m very happy to have my name on there – it is an achievement that I’m very proud of. I’m having another great season, I’ll enjoy this win for a few days before training ever harder for the next few tournaments.”

Nick Matthew: “I felt like a muscle in my glute go in the first game and it seized up. Mohamed is hard enough to play when you’re fully mobile never mind injured so it was a frustrating end.

“I don’t mind losing – it’s just disappointing when you can’t do yourself justice and give Mohamed the fight he deserves.”

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