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PSA World Champs - Finals: As It Happens

It's finals day of the 2018-2019 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family when we find out which two new players will write their names on the trophies.

It’s an all-Egyptian battle in both finals as all the players battle it out for the chance to win the lion’s share of a $1 million prize purse – the biggest in the sport’s history.

Tonight's matches will be live on SQUASHTV, Eurosport Player and multiple broadcasters around the world.

Two-time World Champion Nour El Sherbini and current World No.3 Nour El Tayeb will go head-to-head in the final of this year's women's tournament in the first match at 19:00 local time (UTC-6).

The two players have met 15 times on the PSA Tour previously, with El Sherbini taking ten of those victories, including two that have occurred in both of the finals.

El Sherbini will be featuring in her fifth PSA World Championship final as she searches for her third Worlds title, while for El Tayeb today marks her first.

Both players were forced to endure tough five-game battles with El Sherbini surviving a comeback from France’s World No.4 Camille Serme, while El Tayeb defeated defending World Champion and World No.1 Raneem El Welily for a place in the final.

Following them on court, is first-time finalists Tarek Momen and Ali Farag in another all-Egyptian battle.

Momen overcame former World No.1 and defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy in a five-game thriller in the last round to reach his maiden World Championships final.

While, new World No.1 Farag was dominant against Germany's Simon Rosner to reach his first final at the tournament.

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El Sherbini Scores Hat-trick of World Championships

Egypt’s former World No.1 Nour El Sherbini claimed her third PSA World Championship title after she defeated compatriot and World No.3 Nour El Tayeb by an 11-6, 11-5, 10-12, 15-13 scoreline in the final.

Both players had endured tough five-game battles in the semi-finals, with El Sherbini fighting off a resurgent Camille Serme of France and El Tayeb taking out World No.1 and defending champion Raneem El Welily in a huge upset.

23-year-old El Sherbini, who won her previous Worlds titles in 2015 and 2016, started the match the stronger of the two as she played with composure to take a commanding two-game lead, with the pressure of the occasion looking to have got the better of El Tayeb – who was competing in her first World Championship final.

El Tayeb came out firing in the third, however, to take six points without reply. El Sherbini showed her class though to come back into the encounter and looked as though she was going to send El Tayeb out in straight-games as she held Championship ball. However, El Tayeb battled back from the brink to take the third game on the tie-break.


It looked as though El Tayeb was going to push the match to a fifth, however, the composure of El Sherbini on the big stage shone through as she held her nerve to convert and win the sport’s biggest title in 57 minutes.

“I think I’m out of words,” said a delighted El Sherbini following her victory.

“The last two games were really close and she was coming back. I think she likes it like that – she was a little bit tense in the first two games and then she started to relax.

“I was trying to focus point after point and I’m really happy of course.

“I always try to be calm, relaxed and not put too much pressure on myself. Whenever it gets too close or tense, I just tell myself to focus on the next point and win point after point and that’s what I was trying to do.

“It was really tough tournament for me, and a lot of things happened before I came here and behind the scenes. But I’m really glad that I came because one of the options was that I wouldn’t be able to come.

“I was improving match after match and I had a lot of tough matches in the earlier rounds but I’m really glad that I managed to get everything together this week.”


Result:
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-1: 11-6, 11-5, 10-12, 15-13 (57m)

Farag Becomes World Champion

Both players were competing in their first ever PSA World Championship final with Farag defeating Germany’s Simon Rösner in the semi-finals, while Momen caused a huge upset by taking out defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy to reach the final.

Moments earlier Farag saw his nerves put to the test as he watched wife Nour El Tayeb fall to defeat in the women’s final before he stepped on court himself. However, he kept his composure to lift the sport’s biggest title and make it a very successful month for the Egyptian.

Farag took the first game comfortably before Momen truly hit his stride to calm his nerves in the second to cause numerous problems for his compatriot on court as he drew level.


From that moment on, Momen continued to trouble Farag, with both players performing at the highest level, displaying incredible retrieval skills and athleticism. However, a crucial third game went in the favour of the higher seeded Egyptian to take a 2-1 lead on the tie-break.


The momentum of the match then swung in the favour of the World No.1 who was able to power towards the finish line for the loss of just three points in the fourth game as he claimed his first ever World Championship crown.


“As I stand here today, I can’t help but think about the road I’ve taken to be here,” said Farag following his biggest win.

“If five years back you had have told me that I would be standing here holding the World Championship trophy then no chance would I have believed you.

“As a senior at college I never thought about going pro and to be here today and the main driving force behind it is Nour. It sounds like a cliché but find someone who lifts you up day in and day out, I’m deeply blessed to have her in my life, and she is the one who pushed me to go pro.

“Winning the World Championships is one thing, but winning it in front of this crowd is something else. Thanks to the Walter Family, it’s the biggest prize purse that’s ever been on offer in squash and it’s a huge honour.

“Me and Tarek have been practising together for the last ten years and I hardly ever beat him. It’s always tough against him, I see how hard he works every day and I was a bit lucky today in the third and I think that made the difference.”

Result:
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [4] Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 11-13, 13-11, 11-3 (79m)

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