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Mohamed ElShorbagy

China Squash Open: Final - Reports and Comment

Follow the action as we find out who will lift the first titles of the 2019-20 PSA World Tour season, as the finals of the J.P. Morgan China Squash Open PSA World Tour Gold tournament take place in Shanghai.

You can follow live scoring from the tournament here. There will also be live streaming by the event which can be watched here.

First up is the women's final which will see an all-Egyptian battle between World No.1 Raneem El Welily and World No.5 Nour El Tayeb.

El Welily overcame compatriot and World Junior champion Hania El Hammamy yesterday to book her place in her second successive final in China after winning the tournament last year.

El Tayeb, meanwhile, secured a big win over compatriot and World No.4 Nouran Gohar yesterday as she downed the 2019 British Open champion in straight games to reach the first final of the season.

The men's final, meanwhile, will see familiar foes Ali Farag and Mohamed ElShorbagy take to the court to battle it out for the title.

Farag made his way past the only non-Egyptian in the tournament last night in World No.10 Saurav Ghosal, while World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy battled past younger brother, Marwan, to reach the final as he looks to start the season strongly to get his hands back on the World No.1 spot.

You can follow live scoring from the tournament here and you will also be able to find out what the players have to say here.

Order of Play
(All times are local GMT+8)
19:00 [1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) v [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
20:00 [1] Ali Farag (EGY) v [2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)

El Tayeb Shocks El Welily to Win in China

Egypt’s World No.5 Nour El Tayeb stunned World No.1 and defending champion Raneem El Welily in five-games to be crowned the women’s China Squash Open champion.

The last time El Tayeb got the better of the World No.1 was at the 2018-19 PSA World Championships in Chicago, when she claimed a shock victory over then-reigning World Champion El Welily.

And World No.5 El Tayeb once again got off to a bright start, after enjoying a string of quickfire matches on court this week, as she took the first game. However, El Welily, who looked determined and focused on court, soon came back to level the scores with both players displaying their accurate hitting.

26-year-old El Tayeb gained back the momentum though as she once again pushed through another tight game between the two Egyptians to sneak back into the lead, with the 2017 U.S. Open winner showcasing her flair on court.

Defending champion El Welily, who was playing in her 50th PSA final, matched her compatriot, however, battling back to take the fourth and send the first women’s final of the PSA World Tour season to a thrilling conclusion.

However, it was El Tayeb who ended with the title after she kept her composure and closed out the win in 70 minutes by an 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10.

“It didn’t seem like it was ending, I can’t believe I’m the winner,’ said El Tayeb afterwards.

“Throughout the whole match I was reminding myself that it’s good to be in the final, even though in the fourth game I was leading and I started to see the finish line a bit and I had to remind myself that I was playing Raneem and that the finish line might not happen.

“When she won the fourth I was a bit defeated and then she started the fifth very well but Ali [Farag] told me to just dig in. Last match I played last season was against her and I saw where my level was and I wanted this match to be another indicator of where my level was.

“I can’t believe I won, it feels a bit like a dream because throughout the match I was tired and I had to keep reminding myself of one more rally at a time. It’s a dream start to the season and hopefully I can keep going.

“It would be great if we could win another title on the same day. It’s a long flight tomorrow and it would be better if we are both the winners. We have been in three finals together, we have won one and lost one – so it would be great if we can do it.”

Result:
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-2: 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10 (70m)

ElShorbagy Beats Farag in Shanghai

Egypt’s World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy proved that he was a man on a mission to get his World No.1 spot back after defeating current holder Ali Farag to win the China Squash Open.

2016 China Open champion ElShorbagy started on fire as he raced into a 7-0 lead, before comfortably putting himself in the driving seat of the match with an 11-3 win in the first.

The World No.2 continued with his relentless pressure to double his lead, despite a much improved performance from Farag in the second.

Farag refused to go down without a fight, however, as he fought back in the third. But, it was not enough to disrupt the game plan of a top form ElShorbagy who took the fourth to win his second China Squash Open title.

“It’s the kind of matches I want to be in this season,” said 28-year-old ElShorbagy afterwards.

“I want to be playing finals, especially with him. I want to beat him this season, I want to get his World No.1 spot and I’m going to be hard to stop this season. I told him after the match that I hope that if I’m going to get it then he’s not going to give it to me easy, because I like the challenge and I didn’t give it to him easy.

“This is only our first battle this season, there is way more to go I’m sure. There are other players who I’m sure will be fighting for that No.1 spot as well, but me and him have created a rivalry over the past two years now, we’ve played so many finals and it’s not hidden that we have been the best two players in the world the past two years and if I want to be World No.1 then I have to beat him.

“This season I’m going to get back at him, every session in the summer break I was thinking about how I could beat him and get the No.1 back. What he did last season was unbelievable, he lost only quarter last year, I’ve never faced a guy as consistent as him and he is so tough to play.

“I’m up for the challenge and I look forward to playing against him more and I’m sure he will come back strong next time.”

Result:
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [1] Ali Farag (EGY) 3-1: 11-3, 11-9, 5-11, 11-8 (60m)

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