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World Series Finals: Finals Day - As It Happens

The finals of the ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals bring the curtain down on the 2017/18 PSA World Tour season today as the world’s top four players feature in two all-Egyptian battles.

You can watch LIVE coverage on SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player or follow our live scoring page.

Action will also be shown on a number of mainstream broadcast channels around the world, including BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro

Here's the Order of Play
(All times are local GMT+4)

World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and World Champion Raneem El Welily will meet in the final of a major PSA World Tour event for the sixth time this season, with El Welily looking to avenge her defeat to her compatriot in the final of last month's Allam British Open.

El Sherbini has claimed three wins over World No.2 El Welily – but El Welily has managed two victories of her own, including in December's PSA World Championship final.

Both players have been losing finalists at this tournament in the past – El Sherbini last year and El Welily in 2016 – so whatever happens tonight, the women's trophy is guaranteed to have a new name adorned on it.

World No.2 Ali Farag established himself as the biggest threat to World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy's dominance of the tour at the opening World Series event of the season as he upset his compatriot to capture a maiden World Series title at the U.S. Open.

Since then, ElShorbagy has had the better of their matches and has recorded three wins on the trot, in a run that has seen him overcome the Harvard-graduate in the finals of the Hong Kong Open and Channel VAS Championships in addition to the quarter-finals of the Qatar Classic.

It will be their first fixture since November and Farag now stands between ElShorbagy and the defence of the title he won this time last year when he beat England's James Willstrop in the final.

El Sherbini Claims Maiden World Series Finals Crown

Nour El Sherbini

Egypt’s World No.1 Nour El Sherbini has taken the honours in the women’s ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals after overcoming compatriot and World No.2 Raneem El Welily by a 3-1 margin inside Emirates Golf Club.

El Sherbini, who has topped the World Rankings for 26 successive months, and El Welily, the reigning World Champion, were meeting in the final of a major PSA World Tour event for the sixth time this seasos.

El Sherbini had enjoyed wins in three of the pair’s five meetings over the past nine months, but El Welily did get the better of the 22-year-old in December’s PSA World Championship final.

El Sherbini came into the final off the back of victory over World No.5 Camille Serme and she picked up where she left off against the player from France with a spell-binding display, contrasting with a sluggish El Welily start, enabling her to go a game ahead.

El Welily settled though in the second as the quality of the squash between the two players steadily increased with spectators treated to some high-octane exchanges between the pair.

29-year-old El Welily edged it 11-9 but that was as close as she got to unsettling the red-hot El Sherbini, who re-established her lead to complete an 11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5 victory which sees her lift a seventh PSA World Tour title of the season.


“This is the best match we’ve played in the whole season,” said El Sherbini.

“This is the sixth time [this season] and it’s hard to play the same player every month. You have to try and change your tactics and your game.

“We’re always pushing each other and we definitely learn from each other. I’ve been watching her a lot and learning from her a lot and it’s an honour to battle with her the whole season.

“I’ve reached the semis twice and last year I reached the final, so this time it had to be mine and I just wanted to prove that I deserved to be at the top of the game right now.

“This tournament was really important for me and that’s why I’ve been pushing hard from the first match.”

Result
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5 (41m)

ElShorbagy Defeats Farag to Retain Men’s Trophy

Mohamed ElShorbagy

World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy has defended his crown after coming back from a game down to beat compatriot and World No.2 Ali Farag to complete a thrilling day of final action in Dubai.

In what was the tournament’s third consecutive staging in Dubai, it was Farag who started stronger against ElShorbagy in the men’s final to take the opening game as he looked to exploits the tired legs of ElShorbagy – with the 27-year-old from Alexandria having reached 12 finals from 14 events played during the campaign.

But ElShorbagy showed just why he’s know as ‘The Beast’ on Tour as he showed tremendous fighting spirit to level the match before prevailing in a physically punishing third game to set up the platform for victory – which sees him end the season as World No.1, World Champion and World Series Finals champion.


“It’s been an amazing week here in Dubai,” said ElShorbagy.

“There have been some great matches all and I’m very proud to have been part of this event at the end of the season and to have won it.

“Ali and I have played so many battles this season and I’m happy that we managed to end the season playing against each other – he’s a great guy and great player and I look forward to being back on court battling with him again next season.”

After the match Farag said: “Mohamed has been proving day in and day out that he is the best player in the world. Every time I feel like I match him, he keeps fighting back  – I will work hard over the summer to try and match him next season.”

ElShorbagy has now won 33 of 50 PSA finals, meaning he moves into the top 10 all time title winners list, level the legendary four-time World Champion Amr Shabana.

Result
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [2] Ali Farag (EGY) 3-1: 9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-8 (51m)

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