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Windy City Open: Classic Encounters

The Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family & EquiTrust Life Insurance Company begins this week as the best players in the world descend on the University Club of Chicago between February 22 – 28.

The World Series tournament acts as the fifth stage on the PSA World Series Standings and will see the top men’s and women’s players in the world battle it out for crucial points for the PSA World Standings – where a top eight finish will be rewarded with qualification for the lucrative, season-ending World Series Finals.

To get in the mood for another exciting week of squash, join us as we take a look back at some of the classic encounters from years gone by at the tournament.

2017 Windy City Open Quarter-final: Marwan ElShorbagy v Mohamed ElShorbagy

On seven previous attempts then 23-year-old Marwan ElShorbagy had failed to take more than a game from his older brother and then-World No.1 Mohamed.

Under the chandeliers of the University Club of Chicago it looked like that streak would be extended as Mohamed took the first game for the loss of just one point.

But Marwan fought through the mental barrier to mix up the pace and take the match to his elder sibling in this emphatic match.

2016 Men’s Windy City Open Second Round – Nick Matthew v Borja Golan

Spanish former World No.5 Borja Golan was on red-hot form at the start of his second-round encounter with defending champion Nick Matthew, storming into a two-game lead to leave ‘The Wolf’ with plenty to do to keep his title defence alive.

2016 Women’s Windy City Open Quarter-Final – Camille Serme v Amanda Sobhy

France’s Camille Serme went up against United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy in this exciting five-game thriller, with an electrifying battle taking place in front of captivated supporters inside the University Club of Chicago.

2015 Men’s Windy City Open Final: Nick Matthew v Mohamed ElShorbagy

The 2015 final was a clash between former World No.1, Nick Matthew, against the then current World No.1, Mohamed ElShorbagy.

This fascinating spectacle was the latest instalment of one of the most fierce rivalries on the PSA World Tour to date, with Matthew aiming to make history as he looked to overtake the Egyptian legend Amr Shabana to become the oldest ever World Series title winner.

2015 Women’s Windy City Open Final: Raneem El Welily v Nicol David

Egyptian shot-making sensation Raneem El Welily headed into this final encounter against Malaysian superstar Nicol David having been eliminated by the then World No.1 in four of her last five tournaments, which included a World Championship final defeat where she squandered four match balls.

With David 17-3 up on the head-to-head record between the two, the odds were against El Welily as she looked to capture her biggest ever PSA World Tour title.

2015 Men’s Windy City Open Quarter-Final: Karim Abdel Gawad v Miguel Angel Rodriguez

Karim Abdel Gawad was ranked just inside the World’s top 20 players coming into this fixture against the ‘Colombian Cannonball’, Miguel Angel Rodriguez, who had made history just the previous month by becoming the first South American player to reach the semi-final of a World Series event.

An enthralling match played out in front of a packed crowd, with a range of energy-sapping rallies and inch perfect winners bringing the gathered spectators to their feet in appreciation.

2014 Women’s Windy City Open Final: Laura Massaro v Raneem El Welily

The top two seeds went head-to-head in this five-game battle with England’s Laura Massaro and Egypt’s Raneem El Welily being ranked second and third in the world, respectively.

Both players were making their Windy City Open bow as the tournament returned to the PSA World Tour calendar following a two-year hiatus.

2014 Men’s Windy City Open Semi-Final: Gregory Gaultier v Mohamed ElShorbagy

This matchup between 2015 World Champion Gregory Gaultier and ElShorbagy showcased both players’ physical attributes in a fascinating battle.

With a maiden Windy City Open final appearance up for grabs for both players, they went hell for leather in a bid to find the breakthrough.

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