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The glass court atop the Peninsula Shanghai, overlooking the famous Shanghai Bund

China Open: Finals Day - As it Happens

The 2018 J.P. Morgan China Squash Open draws to a close today with two spectacular finals in store at the Peninsula Shanghai on the glass court which overlooks Shanghai's iconic Bund.

World Champion and 2015 winner Raneem El Welily will line up against French World No.5 Camille Serme in the women's final.

It's 14-3 to El Welily on the head-to-head record and the Egyptian player has won the past four meetings between the pair on the PSA Tour.

Serme ended a four-match losing streak against World No.1 Nour El Sherbini yesterday though and will aim to get her hands on her first China Open title.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's Paul Coll and Mohamed Abouelghar will appear in their first finals in China.

Their only match so far on the PSA Tour came at this tournament in the qualifying stages back in 2016 – with Abouelghar winning in five – but both players have stormed up the World Rankings since then.

Live streaming of both finals is available here (China only).

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Order of Play
(All times are local GMT+8)
19:00 [5] Camille Serme (FRA) v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY)
20:00 [4] Paul Coll (NZL) v [6] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)

El Welily Claims Women’s Title

Raneem El Welily (left) takes on Camille Serme (right) in the final

World Champion Raneem El Welily captured the second China Open title of her career after the Egyptian overcame France’s Camille Serme by a 3-1 margin at the Peninsula Shanghai.

The form book was in El Welily’s favour coming into the match, with the World No.2 prevailing the last four times the two had met, but a semi-final win over World No.1 Nour El Sherbini meant Serme came into the final brimming with confidence.

It didn’t take long for El Welily to put points on the board as she moved Serme away from the ’T’ and attacked the space well to go a game ahead.

Serme, appearing in her first PSA Tour final for 19 months, was at her best in the second game as she began to find her targets at the front, storming to a 9-4 lead before withholding a late charge from El Welily to draw level.

The Egyptian player was back on top in the third and fourth games though as she showcased her supreme shot-making skills to wrap up an 11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5 victory to claim the 18th PSA Tour title of her career.

“I’m very happy that I’m through [to win], it’s always good to play against Camille, she’s very fair on court and I really enjoy playing with her,” said El Welily.

“The final is never easy, I don’t think I played my best squash today but mentally I was maybe better than in other matches.

“In the first she made some errors a little bit and in the second she didn’t make any errors at all. I’m glad I managed to adapt to the court today and stuck to my plan.

“I’ve won this tournament here before and done so badly afterwards in a previous season, so I’m just happy with the win for now, I’m not thinking about anything else. The plan this season is to take it one match at a time, one point at a time and one rally at a time.

“Hopefully I can play this well again this season, I’ve got to play harder to improve and work on new stuff.”

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Result
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [5] Camille Serme (FRA) 3-1: 11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5 (41m)

Abouelghar Beats Coll to Lift Men's Crown

Mohamed Abouelghar (right) v Paul Coll (left)

Egyptian World No.13 Mohamed Abouelghar has beaten World No.10 Paul Coll to lift the biggest PSA Tour title of his career after a sublime display saw him win it in straight games.

Abouelghar caused one of the biggest shocks of the tournament in the quarter-finals against former World No.1 Gregory Gaultier en route to the biggest PSA Tour final, while Coll had dumped top seed Simon Rösner out at the semi-final stage in a gruelling 90-minute battle.

And it was a sublime display from Abouelghar that saw him get his hands on the trophy as he absorbed Coll’s physical blows brilliantly before striking with some sumptuous winners at the front of the court.

Coll’s best period of the match came in the third game when he built up an 8-6 lead but Abouelghar stayed focused mentally to come back and win the next five points in a row, sealing the win by an 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 margin to claim a ninth PSA Tour title.

“It’s the biggest title for me so far and maybe it’s my lucky place, so I want to thank everyone involved,” said Abouelghar.

“Being able to back up yesterday’s win after the win over Greg and to win today in three games against such an athlete is just incredible for me.

“I expected before the match that it was going to be hard work, and if I wanted to have any chance against Paul I had to be patient and not go for shots as often as I would like.

“I think when I was sharp when I went short and I’m happy that it paid off.

“Not many people get the chance to travel all over the world doing the thing they love so I’m just happy to be one of these people. I’ll just enjoy every minute and the results will take care of themselves.”

Result
[6] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt [4] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (44m)

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