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World Championship: Finals - As it Happens

It's an all-Egyptian final at the 2017 AJ Bell PSA World Championships as Mohamed ElShorbagy, his younger brother Marwan, Nour El Sherbini and Raneem El Welily all compete at Manchester Central Convention Complex for the biggest title in squash.

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Here's the Order of Play
(Time is local GMT)
17:00 [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY)
follow on [3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)

History makers Mohamed and Marwan ElShorbagy will become the first brothers ever to contest a PSA World Championship final in what promises to be a riveting sibling showdown.

26-year-old Mohamed is the man in form after storming past World No.1 Gregory Gaultier to reach a seventh successive PSA World Tour final and he will look to finally lift the only major trophy missing from his impressive title haul after defeats to compatriot Ramy Ashour in the 2012 and 2014 finals.

He leads the head-to-head record 8-2 against Marwan – who saw off World No.3 Ali Farag to reach the final – but Marwan did get the better of his older brother in both the Windy City Open and El Gouna International earlier this year.

The first of those victories resulted in an emotional outpouring from both brothers and, with the two set to face off for the sport's biggest prize, tears could be in store once again.

Double World Champion Nour El Sherbini will look to join an elite list of players tonight as she targets a third successive PSA World Championship title.

Nicol David, Sarah Fitz-Gerald and Michelle Martin are the only other female players in history to have captured three World Championship crowns on the trot and El Sherbini will be favourite to match that tally as she takes on El Welily in the final for the second edition in a row.

The 22-year-old Egyptian sensation – who in the 2015 instalment became the youngest female World Champion of all time and the first ever Egyptian woman to lift the prestigious title – eased to a 3-0 victory over El Welily in April's final, while she beat her compatriot by the same scoreline in a one-sided Hong Kong Open final victory last month.

But World No.2 El Welily looked full of confidence as she dispatched the dangerous Camille Serme in the previous round and will be a real contender if she can find the mental focus to go with her undoubted shot-making talents.

El Welily Is Crowned Women’s PSA World Champion

Egypt’s World No.2 Raneem El Welily sealed her maiden PSA World Championship title as she came from a game down against World No.1 Nour El Sherbini to secure a 3-1 victory inside Manchester Central Convention Complex.

El Welily has twice come close to winning the tournament – finishing runner-up in both 2014 and April this year – and it was third time lucky for the 28-year-old as she held her nerve to usurp defending champion El Sherbini.

The two previously met in the World Championship final in April earlier this year, as they battled for the biggest prize in the women’s squash, with El Sherbini coming out on top on that occasion in straight-games.

And it was World No.1 El Sherbini – who was targeting her third successive Word Championship title – that looked full of confidence once again in the first game as she showcased her pinpoint accuracy to claim the advantage by an 11-3 margin in just seven minutes against a nervous looking El Welily.

However, World No.2 El Welily – who saw off France’s Camille Serme in dominant fashion in yesterday’s semi-final – soon fought back in superb fashion to claim the second game and as the rallies began to get shorter, she was able to pounce and take full advantage of El Sherbini’s costly errors.

The 28-year-old then maintained the pressure on her 22-year-old opponent as she showed she had dispelled the nerves that cost her two previous World Championship finals to claim a 3-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-5 victory in 43 minutes in front of a packed crowd inside Manchester Central Convention Complex.

“I adjusted my tactics in the second,” said El Welily.

“I was playing more accurate, with more pace and strength and that made a huge difference. I could get in front of her and do what I had to do to get in front of her.

“She was under more pressure than me today. I felt so different today compared to the last Worlds final. That one was a nightmare – today I was so much more relaxed.

“So much has changed since 2014. The game has changed, I have changed, the sport is different from then. We're all adapting and improving.

“I hope I can keep the same attitude for the remainder of the season. From this moment to the next event I don't know what will happen, but I know I don't want to stop with just this one success.”


Result
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-1: 3-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-5 (43m)

Mohamed ElShorbagy Prevails in Battle of the Brothers World Final

Mohamed ElShorbagy (left) celebrates his victory over Marwan (right)

Worlds by Alex Mason

World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy defeated his younger brother Marwan in a five-game thriller to secure the 2017 Men’s AJ Bell PSA World Championship title – the only major title that was missing from his trophy cabinet.

Mohamed, 26, and Marwan, 24, became the first siblings in history to contest the Men’s AJ Bell PSA World Championship final, with the ‘Beast of Alexandria’ claiming the match by an 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 scoreline in 71 minutes.

The Bristol-based brothers were meeting for an 11th time on the PSA World Tour, with older brother Mohamed having won eight of their previous contests.

The court was brimming with hot-blooded emotion as the players displayed both flair and frustration from the outset, but Mohamed’s blistering form continued as he pushed Marwan to unfamiliar territory in the first, forcing him to make costly mistakes.

After the opener went the way of Mohamed by an 11-5 margin, Marwan was fired up as he injected power and precision into his shots to take an early lead, staying true to his competitive nature as he came came back to clinch the second game 11-9.


It was a tight third game between the two Egyptians as they both pushed each other into all four corners of the court with points constantly being exchanged.

However, Mohamed – the two-time runner up at the World Championships – held his nerve, taking it 11-7 and mounting the pressure on Marwan going into the fourth.


The tables turned in the fourth and the psychological battle reached a climax, with Marwan rattling Mohamed, forcing unforced errors to creep into the older ElShorbagy’s game as he took it 11-9 to set up a deciding fifth.

But Mohamed refocused, firing off seven successive points from 6-4 down to capture the biggest title of his career and the 30th overall as his stunning form – which has seen him win six of his last seven tournaments – continues.

“Yesterday when my brother won his match I celebrated, but a few minutes later I was shocked because I realised I’ve actually got to beat my brother tomorrow to win the World Championship,” said Mohamed.

“It’s a title that I’ve waited to win for a while, so to have that match against my brother and to live a moment like this is such a special feeling.

“It’s moments like this that we are going to remember for the rest of our lives.

“This is just the start of all the great battles to come for both of us.”

Addressing his parents at the Manchester Central sell-out crowd, he added: “It’s great to finally make our family proud of us, as it’s an occasion that we have both dreamed of happening one day, we just didn’t think it was going to happen in this tournament.

“Playing it in England where we have grown up, trained in and lived in for ten years is a dream come true for both of us.

“This country has given us so much, so we look forward to carry on living here because that’s where we feel comfortable training and we are sure this is where we are staying for quite a long time.”

Mohamed followed praised his brother’s performance, referencing World No.6 Nick Matthew’s comments on social media earlier on in the week, where the Englishman had touted Marwan for the World Championship title.


“He has played so well throughout the week and has been getting better everyday.

“Nick Matthew said the right words on Twitter, saying he is the most underrated player inside the top 10 and he is one of the most dangerous players inside the top ten.

“I know he is going to make it to World No.1 one day, hopefully after I retire.”

Mohamed finished by expressing gratitude towards a number of people who have had a big impact on his career.

“I’ve been training under the guidance of [six-time British Open champion] Jonah Barrington with his head coach Ian Thomas and I want to thank [SQUASHTV commentator] Joey Barrington, who was the main reason why I came to England.

“When I was 15-years-old, he was already inside the top 30 and the amount of tough practice matches we both played together helped me get really strong since I was a kid.

“I’ve never really thanked him, but he was the main reason why I became so strong as a kid at a young age.

“Finally, I want to thank the person who completely changed my game and made me comeback mentally, [two-time World Champion] David Palmer, he did so well to manage my game and to comeback and win this title was due to his work.”


Result
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-2: 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 (71m)

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