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Tournament of Champions - Final: As It Happens

It will be an all-Egyptian battle in both the men's and women's final as the 2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions reaches its conclusion inside New York's Grand Central Terminal today.

World No.1 Raneem El Welily will go up against defending champion and World No.2 Nour El Sherbini in the final of the women's tournament today at 19:00 local time (UTC-5).

They will be followed on court by World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy and World No.2 Ali Farag to see who will take the men's title.

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

We'll also have reports and reaction from both matches right here.

Schedule (all times local UTC-5)

El Sherbini Becomes First Female to win Three ToC Titles

Nour El Sherbini with the Tournament of Champions trophy

World No.2 Nour El Sherbini has become the first woman ever to win three J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions titles after the Egyptian defeated World No.1 Raneem El Welily in straight games inside New York’s Grand Central Terminal to defend her crown.

The pair were meeting for the first time since El Welily ended El Sherbini’s 31-month reign at the summit of the PSA World Rankings, and it was the former who came into the match with a narrow 10-9 lead on their head-to-head record.

23-year-old El Sherbini, who won the Tournament of Champions in 2016 and 2018, was clinical throughout the 38-minute encounter as she took the ball short well and rattled off a number of winners.

Raneem El Welily (left) and Nour El Sherbini (right) in action

2015 Tournament of Champions winner El Welily never quite found her rhythm and fell victim to a masterclass from her opponent, as El Sherbini closed out the win by an 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 scoreline to capture her 18th PSA title, which is her first of the season.

“This is my lucky place, this tournament was my first ever [Platinum] win and now it’s the first one I’ve won three times,” said El Sherbini.

“It’s really big to put my name on this trophy and to win this tournament, but to win it three times is something that I will never forget in my life.

“We’ve been battling against each other for so long, the head-to-head is 10-10, so that shows how tough it’s been. We’ve been battling in a lot of finals, sometimes it goes my way, sometimes it goes her way.

“At the end of the day, the better player is going to win, and I think I was better than her today. Maybe she was suffering after yesterday’s match, but I’m going to take the win and I’m going to look forward to the next one.”


Result
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (38m)

Farag Beats ElShorbagy to win Men's Trophy

Ali Farag lifts the Tournament of Champions trophy aloft

Ali Farag will become the new World No.1 in March, after he won the 2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions title beating Mohamed ElShorbagy at New York’s Grand Central Terminal in an 82 minute thriller

28-year-old ElShorbagy, who won the Tournament of Champions in 2015 and 2016, came from behind to take a mammoth 22-minute first game, before then going two games ahead.

The momentum changed in the third, though, as Farag won it, after coming from 6-2 down, scoring nine straight points to get back into the match.

Ali Farag (left) and Mohamed ElShorbagy (right) in the 2019 ToC final

Mr. Fantastic then cruised to the fourth game 11-3 to set up a nail-biting finale at Grand Central. The match got even more interesting, as ElShorbagy took a three minute injury break.

It was the current World No.2 that closed out the win by an 10-12, 6-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 scoreline to secure his third PSA title this season, and move to the top of the world rankings come the start of March.


“It’s been a dream of mine since a very young age to reach that No.1 spot,” said Farag afterwards.

“To do it in such a fashion in front of so many greats of the game, in front of the love of my life [wife, Nour El Tayeb], and my parents watching at home, it couldn’t get any better really… It was very emotional.

“Mohamed is such a warrior, he never gives any points away. It's been one of the biggest spectacles for the sport, and to be played in such a clean spirit is a great showcase for our sport.”

Result:
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-2: 10-12, 6-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 (84m)

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