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Ali Farag (left) and Mohamed ElShorbagy in action in the final of the Tournament of Champions

Season Review: Comebacks of the Season - Part Two

The 2018-19 season has been one of the most captivating seasons in recent memory, and we’ll be reviewing all the major talking points from the campaign.

We have already looked at the campaign’s outstanding performers, shocks of the season, and the players to watch for next year.

Today, we are taking a look back of some of the biggest and best comebacks from the 2018-2019 season. You can take also look back at the first part here.

Mohamed ElShorbagy v Ali Farag: 2019 Tournament of Champions – Final

The first major men’s final of the calendar year saw the top two in the world go head-to-head, as Mohamed ElShorbagy and Ali Farag battled it out.

The two Egyptians faced off in New York’s amazing Grand Central Terminal, knowing that whoever won would be World No.1 come the March rankings.

‘The Beast’ took the first game on a tie-break, before comfortably dominating the second. However, Farag managed to find a couple of extra gears.

He went on to win the third, fourth and fifth games to secure his second PSA World Tour Platinum title of the season, after winning the Qatar Classic in November.

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

Amanda Sobhy v Nour El Tayeb: 2018 U.S. Open – Round 3

The third round of the U.S. Open in October threw up this clash between home favourite Amanda Sobhy against the World No.3 Nour El Tayeb.

The Egyptian took a two-game lead, thanks to a quick start. However, Sobhy was not done yet, and with the help of a partisan crowd, she came firing back.

The US No.1 took the third on a tie-break, tipping the momentum in her favour. She then won the final two games 11-6, 11-6, to record a stunning victory, and book her place in the quarter finals on home soil.

Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-2: 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-6 (51m)

Karim Abdel Gawad v Omar Mosaad: 2019 El Gouna International – Round 3

A battle between two Egyptians, in Egypt. This was always going to be a tough match, especially with the contrasting styles of Karim Abdel Gawad and Omar Mosaad.

The ‘Hammer of Thor’ set the pace early on, and was able to win the first two games, both 11-9, to build a rather convincing lead. Gawad then did what Gawad always does.

The ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ fought back in some style, conceding just a single point in the third game, before then taking both the fourth and fifth to record a victory in exactly an hour and a half.

[4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-2: 9-11, 9-11, 11-1, 11-7, 11-8 (90m)

Raneem El Welily v Camille Serme: 2019 World Tour Finals – Final

The last woman’s final of the season saw Raneem El Welily take on Camille Serme* at the World Tour Finals in Cairo, with the Frenchwoman looking for her first title of the season.

She started the better of the two, allowing the World No.1 just three points in the first game, before also winning the second game 11-8.

However, from there, El Welily battled back to win the final three games, claiming the season-ending prize, her sixth title of the 2018-2019 campaign.

[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [4] Camille Serme (FRA) 3-2: 3-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (61m)

Declan James v Adrian Waller: 2018 U.S. Open – Round 2

The second round of the U.S. Open pitted two of England’s best against each other, with Declan James facing Adrian Waller in Philadelphia.

A month prior to the tournament, James had won the Open International de Squash de Nantes, the biggest title of his career. However, he lost the first two games to a confident Waller.

The now-England No.1 battled back to take the third game 11-8, before having to save match balls in both the fourth and fifth games, which both ended in tiebreaks.

The fourth went all the way to 19-17, with James coming out on top to force a decider. The final game went all the way as well, with the ‘Dark Knight’ coming out on top 16-14 to claim victory in just over 100 minutes.

Declan James (ENG) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-2: 6-11, 6-11, 11-8, 19-17, 16-14 (101m)

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