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Get in the Mood for the Hong Kong Open with these Classic Matches

The Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open takes place between November 19-25 as the biggest stars on the PSA World Tour get set to do battle for the PSA Platinum men’s and women’s titles.

Get in the mood for the upcoming tournament with these classic encounters from years gone by.

2017 Men’s Hong Kong Open Final: Mohamed ElShorbagy v Ali Farag

Mohamed ElShorbagy was looking to re-take his mantle as the sport’s best after an indifferent season by his standards during the 2016-17 season.

Meanwhile, Ali Farag was continuing to prove himself as one of the big contenders on the Men’s Tour after claiming his maiden major PSA title at the U.S. Open.

This final battle proved to be another enthralling instalment in one of Egyptian’s fiercest rivalries.

2017 Women’s Hong Kong Open Semi-Final: Nour El Sherbini v Laura Massaro

World No.1 Nour El Sherbini took the lead in this ferocious battle before a fightback from Massaro put the two-time World Champion under pressure.

The two players continued to go toe-to-toe for a place in the final.

2016 Men’s Hong Kong Open Final: Ramy Ashour v Karim Abdel Gawad

Egyptian’s Ramy Ashour and Karim Abdel Gawad put on an entertaining display in the final of last year’s Hong Kong Open.

Ashour was looking to come back strong after enduring an injury plagued two years on Tour with repeated hamstring difficulties and ‘The Artist’ looked back to his unpredictable best as the momentum swung between two of the most talented players on the men’s tour.

2016 Women’s Hong Kong Open Quarter-Final: Nouran Gohar v Laura Massaro

A brutal, physically punishing 80-minute battle between then-World No.2 Laura Massaro and World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar saw the match go all the way to a fifth.

The teenager began in typical fashion, utilising her ferocious hard-hitting to out gun Massaro and open up an ominous two-game lead.

But Massaro showed the type of dogged fighting spirit that has epitomised her career as she dug deep, fighting back to match Gohar point for point and take the third and fourth games to set up what was to be a nail biting decider.

2016 Men’s Hong Kong Open Round Two – Cameron Pilley v Mohamed ElShorbagy

World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy faced tough opposition in round two of the 2016 Hong Kong Open in the form of Australian No.1 Cameron Pilley in a repeat of the 2015 final.

The two players competed in an enthralling 91 minutes of action as Pilley managed to save match ball in the fourth game to push the match to a decider in the fifth.

2015 Men’s Hong Kong Open Quarter-Final: Omar Mosaad v Miguel Angel Rodriguez

This brutal clash between Omar Mosaad and ‘Colombian Cannonball’ Miguel Angel Rodriguez showcased both player’s strengths in an enthralling 100-minute plus match.

Just weeks after a heart-breaking defeat to Gregory Gaultier in the final of the World Championship, Mosaad found himself two games down and staring down the barrel of defeat after an immaculate start to the match from Rodriguez.

Mosaad had already come through a gruelling five-game thriller against Lucas Serme in the previous round and the ‘Hammer of Thor’ would have to do so once again if he was to stay in the tournament.

2014 Women’s Hong Kong Open Quarter-Final: Laura Massaro v Rachael Grinham

2007 World Champion Rachael Grinham has enraptured fans over the past two decades with her superb shot-making ability and she played out a captivating quarter-final fixture with then-World Champion Massaro.

A pulsating clash went all the way to the wire, with Massaro looking to fend off a strong display from then-37-year-old Grinham.

2013 Men’s Hong Kong Open Semi-Final: Nick Matthew v Gregory Gaultier

Matthew and Gaultier have contested a series of punishing matches throughout their careers and this semi-final clash in 2013 was up there with the very best.

The lead exchanged hands multiple times in a phenomenal battle of wits as ‘The Wolf’ and the ‘French General’ faced off for a place against Borja Golan in the showpiece final.

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