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British Open Finals Preview - Who Will Take the Iconic Crowns?

It is a battle of past Champions against hopeful first-time winners in the British Open finals this afternoon.

In the women’s final, 2015 Champion Camille Serme takes on World No.7, and 2016 runner-up Nouran Gohar, while two-time champion Mohamed ElShorbagy takes on first-time finalist, and World No.1, Ali Farag in the men’s final.

This is one of the most prestigious events in the sport, with a rich 90-year history dating all the way back to 1929, and to win it is one of the greatest honours a squash player can hold.

“It would be amazing to win it for a second time, honestly. I dreamed about it. I never won the World Championships but the British Open is very prestigious as well and of course, if I could put my name on there for a second time, it would be amazing,” Serme said.

The Frenchwoman is appearing in a first final since she reached the decider of the China Open back in September.

“I think with it being the end of the season, everyone is a little bit tired and I think I have take the opportunity to have this extra push as I didn’t play any finals since Shanghai,” she explained.

“I was really hungry and I really wanted to perform here this week.”

Camille Serme celebrating her quarter final victory at this year's event

The World No.4 takes on Nouran Gohar, who is into her second consecutive PSA Platinum final, after also reaching this stage in the El Gouna International in April.

“She is very strong but you know what to expect. Her game is very special and she is very good at it,” the 2015 champion admitted.

“At least I know what is going to happen on court and I can prepare tactically and mentally for a big battle.”

Gohar, who is only 21-years-old, is appearing in the final of the British Open for the second time in her career, having lost out to compatriot Nour El Sherbini in an all-Egyptian affair back in 2016.

She just missed out on the El Gouna title last month, and will be looking for a first major title since she claimed the 2016 Hong Kong Open.

“It has been an unbelievable week, this week. Reaching the final of any Platinum event is a huge thing, but making it into the final of the British Open is extra special as it is the most prestigious tournament and the one that has the most history behind it,” Gohar said.

“To make it to the final for the second time is huge for me.

Nouran Gohar (left) and Nour el Sherbini (right) in action in the 2016 final

“I have a whole team behind me who are trying to push me through. We are working on my weaknesses and it is just an accumulation of my hard work and suddenly it pays off it major events like this.”

She knows how the Frenchwoman will look to play today, and the World No.7 will be ready for a battle.

“I always have battles against Camille. I am expecting this one to be tough as well, especially with it being the final, and not just any final, it is the final of the British Open. I will be up for it!”

The men’s final sees the top two players in the world go head-to-head as Ali Farag takes on Mohamed Elshorbagy.

‘The Beast’ is aiming to win a third title in five years, having taken the crown in both 2015 and 2016, and he is yet to drop a game in this year’s tournament.

“It is the final of the British [Open], my fourth final here. I would like to win it for a third time, and it would be amazing to do that, definitely.

“I have had a good week so far, and I have got it right to get to this final in the way I wanted to get here. It is not often you get it right, but this week I have got it right so far, and hopefully I can go one more today,” ElShorbagy explained.

Mohamed ElShorbagy celebrating his semi final victory over Karim Abdel Gawad

The World No.2 had a lot of respect for the man who dethroned him at the top of the PSA World Rankings and he knows that it will be a tough match.

“Yesterday was another big test because he was playing someone who has playing some amazing squash. I don’t think I have ever seen Paul [Coll] play that well,” the two-time Champion added.

“It put Ali under a lot of pressure during the match, but again, he passed the test. He was still the man who won the last point of the match which is what matters in the end.

”He is the one in the final and he is the one I am going to have to beat to win the title. I knew if I wanted to win this event, and winning big titles like the British Open, you have to go through the World No.1”

Serme and Gohar will go head-to-head at 15:00 local time (GMT+1) with the men’s final between ElShorbagy and Ali Farag following on from the women’s match.

The action will be shown LIVE on SQUASHTV, Eurosport Player and multiple major broadcasters around the world.

Women’s Final: Allam British Open 2019
[7] Nouran Gohar (EGY) v [4] Camille Serme (FRA)

Men’s Final: Allam British Open 2019
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) v [2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)

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