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Miguel Rodriguez takes on Mohamed ElShorbagy in the British Open final

Year in Review: Matches of the Year - Part Two

The PSA Tour was home to some electrifying action during 2018, with the world’s best players contesting a series of incredible matches at tournament’s across the globe.

This is part two of our look at the best matches from the past 12 months – check out part one here

May 2018 – British Open, Hull: Final
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-2: 11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-9 (102m)

One of the defining matches of 2018 saw the unseeded Colombian Miguel Rodriguez come up against two-time British Open champion Mohamed ElShorbagy in the final of the sport’s longest-running tournament.

Rodriguez was the first South American ever to appear in the final of the British Open and was coming up against one of the most-in form players on the PSA Tour, with ElShorbagy targeting an eighth title of the season.

October 2018 – U.S. Open, Philadelphia: Quarter-Finals
[12] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-2: 11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5 (71m)

Evans was aiming to become the first Welsh player ever to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open and came into the fixture with Sarah-Jane Perry after an incredible comeback from two games down against New Zealand’s Joelle King in the previous round.

And the Welshwoman had to fight tooth and nail for victory once again in an exciting clash with Perry as she looked to end a six-match losing streak against the England No.1.

October 2018 – Oracle NetSuite Open, San Francisco: Semi-Finals
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [6] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 3-2: 2-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 13-11 (77m)

French veteran Gregory Gaultier pushed World No.2 Ali Farag all the way to the wire in this gripping clash held underneath the shadow of San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building.

Gaultier, then 35 years of age, was nine years Farag’s senior but the experienced former World No.1 gave as good as he got as he twice took a one-game lead to evoke memories of his Oracle NetSuite Open title wins in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

October 2018 – U.S. Open, Philadelphia: Semi-Finals
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [12] Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-1: 12-14, 11-7, 14-12, 13-11 (64m)

After her incredible win against Perry in the previous round, Evans was appearing in unknown territory after reaching her first ever Platinum semi-final and was up against the previous year’s finalist Raneem El Welily in Philadelphia.

But the Welsh player stormed out of the traps to take the first game to put herself on the verge of a famous victory, with El Welily facing an uphill battle to come back into the contest.

November 2018 – Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong: Quarter-Finals
[4] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [5] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-2: 11-8, 4-11, 11-6, 7-11, 18-16 (99m)

Simon Rösner and Miguel Rodriguez treated spectators at the Hong Kong Open to a breathless 99-minute epic in the quarter-finals.

This match had it all. A knee injury to Rodriguez in the second game looked like it may bring a halt to proceedings but the Colombian recovered to force Rösner into an all-out battle for supremacy, with a 39-minute fifth game bringing a scintillating contest to a dramatic close.

November 2018 – Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong: Quarter-Finals
[8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-2: 7-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 11-5 (58m)

Quarter-finals day at the Hong Kong Open also threw up this incredible fixture between Sarah-Jane Perry and Nour El Sherbini, which saw the English player showcase her fighting spirit as she came from behind to claim a remarkable victory.

El Sherbini was scrapping to retain her World No.1 ranking and was on course to do so when, with the Egyptian leading two games to one, Perry suffered a nasty fall and collided with the side wall.

Perry struggled to hit the ball as she returned to court, with El Sherbini building up a head of steam to put one leg in the semi-finals. But amazingly, Perry played through the pain barrier to draw level, before powering to victory in the decider to end the Egyptian’s run at the summit of the World Rankings.

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