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British Open - Finals: As It Happens

The finals of the Allam British Open take place today, with action beginning at 15:00 (GMT+1) at the Allam Sport Centre in Hull with the iconic trophies up for grabs.

The women’s final sees World No.4 Camille Serme take on Egypt’s Nouran Gohar, as both take part in their second final at the British Open.

They will be followed by the top two men in the world, as World No.1 Ali Farag takes on World No.2 Mohamed Elshorbagy, with the former looking for his first British Open title.

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2015 champion Camille Serme takes on 2016 runner-up Nouran Gohar in the women’s final of the Allam British Open this afternoon.

The pair have faced each other nine times on the PSA World Tour before, with the Egyptian having won six of those, including beating the World No.4 in the El Gouna International semi finals last month.

Serme will be looking for a second British Open crown, after she defeated Laura Massaro to win the title in 2015. This is the Frenchwoman’s first final since the China Open back in September, but ‘La Panthére’ is back to her best.

Gohar has been in imperious form recently, having reached the final of El Gouna last month. She has beaten each of the top three players in the world, in Raneem El Welily, Nour El Sherbini and Nour El Tayeb, over the last four weeks.

Can Gohar add the World No.4 to that incredible list to end the season? Or can ‘La Panthére’ pounce to claim a second British Open title?

The men’s final sees the two best male players in the world face off, as World No.1 Ali Farag takes on World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy for a place in British Open history.

This is the 17th meeting between the pair, and the seventh straight time that they have faced off in a final. ElShorbagy holds a 9-7 advantage over his compatriot, but Farag has won the last time, as he claimed the Tournament of Champions and DPD Open titles.

Farag has been in sensational form in 2019, having only lost one of his 26 matches since the turn of the year. He has also taken home the World Championships title and the El Gouna International as well as the aforementioned TOC and DPD Open.

ElShorbagy’s only title in 2019 was the Grasshopper Cup in March but he is a two-time winner here in Hull. He also lost in the final last year, and will be looking to take home a third crown. ‘The Beast’s’ run to the final has been much easier as well, as he is yet to drop a game in the tournament.

Will it become a trio of titles for ElShorbagy? Or can Farag continue his dominance in 2019?

Gohar Downs Serme to Become Women’s Champion

Nouran Gohar (right) celebrates her win over Camille Serme (left)

Egypt’s World No.7 Nouran Gohar has become only the second female Egyptian of all time to lift the famous Allam British Open title after she dismantled France’s Camille Serme in a sensational 3-0 victory.

Gohar has been sublime throughout the tournament, storming past World No.1 Raneem El Welily and World No.3 Nour El Tayeb in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, respectively. And the 21-year-old put in the very definition of a powerhouse performance today as she completed an 11-3, 11-8, 11-3 victory in just 30 minutes.


She was looking to make up a for a final defeat to compatriot Nour El Sherbini in 2016 and was up against the 2015 champion in Serme, who is the only Frenchwoman ever to get her hands on the prestigious trophy.

Gohar was on her game right from the off as she penned Serme in the back corners, and the World No.4 had no answers to the incredible power-hitting of her opponent as Gohar stormed to a comfortable victory, which sees her win her first PSA Platinum title since August 2016.

“It means so so much to me, especially because it is the British Open,” said an emotional Gohar.

“When you have had tough times, it makes it extra special, so I am over the moon right now. I feel very comfortable at this court, I want to take it home!

“I feel very comfortable. The environment, the city itself, it feels a bit like home. It is very cosy here and it really helps me to feel good on court. To have the accuracy, you have to be both relaxed and focussed. I feel this attitude and environment really helped me.

“This morning after my hit, I started crying. I never did that before. Even in Hong Kong I didn’t do that. I think I was very young, so maybe I couldn’t really comprehend how much it meant to me to be in the final of a major event. My mum kept telling me to enjoy the occasion and to relax. She told me to take the chance and if I played my best then I would take the win.

“When I won the Hong Kong Open, she [her mother] was there as well. I think she might be my lucky charm, and there is also someone who is not always with me, but he is the main reason for what I have. My dad is the reason why I play squash because he loves it so much.”


Result
[7] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [4] Camille Serme (FRA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-8, 11-3 (30m)

ElShorbagy Downs Farag to Win Men’s Title

Mohamed ElShorbagy is the 2019 Allam British Open champion

Mohamed ElShorbagy claimed a third British Open title after he defeated World No.1 Ali Farag in a brilliant four-game affair at the Allam Sport Centre.

The pair had previously met 16 times on the PSA World Tour before this, with the last six clashes having all been in finals across the globe.

The first game was nip and tuck between the pair as they sized each other. However, it was ‘The Beast’ who used his power to take the first game 11-9.

Farag then bounced back with a huge push in the second game, as he ran away from ElShorbagy to take a five point lead. He eventually took the game 11-5, but it was the World No.2 who pushed on again from there.

The third started slowly, but ElShorbagy scored six straight points to ease out and take the lead in the match once more. He then also took a big lead in the fourth.

However, Farag then saved three match balls to make the score 10-9 and the tension was palpable in the arena. ElShorbagy was able to get over the line with the next point, though, to claim his third British Open title.


“I have such respect for Ali. What he achieved this season is unbelievable. Our last match last season in Dubai, he told me that what I did last season was inspirational,” ElShorbagy explained.

“This time is it my turn to say that what he has done this season was inspirational. Normally, winning the US Open, Hong Kong and British Open in one season would be enough to keep me at No.1.

“Ali just showed consistency throughout and he was the toughest I had to face. We are going to improve each other for the rest of our careers and after a lot of great players have retired, I think squash now needs a new rivalry.

“The people need a new rivalry and hopefully we can both give the people what they want and what they will enjoy!”

Result
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [1] Ali Farag (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9 (66m)

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