Egypt’s World No.5 Nouran Gohar staged a stunning comeback from 2-0 and championship ball down against compatriot and World No.3 Nour El Tayeb to be crowned the 2019 FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships champion.
The 22-year-old Egyptian was the only player in both finals to have never got her hands on the trophy before, but made sure to make amends for that as she overcame an in-form El Tayeb to win the first PSA World Tour Platinum title of the season.
It was a formidable start from El Tayeb, who looked as though she could not miss her targets, as she claimed a rapid six minute opening game for the loss of just three points as her flair took centre stage on court.
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Gohar began to work her way back into the second, but it was still not enough to stop the El Tayeb attack as the World No.3 doubled her lead. It looked as though it was going to be the 2017 U.S. Open winner who took the title once again in Philadelphia as she went on to hold championship ball in the third only for Gohar to produce a monumental comeback to take the third.
El Tayeb continued to ramp the pressure up in the fourth, taking a 5-1 lead, but 2019 British Open champion Gohar once again showcased her resilience as she continued to fight back, eventually levelling the scores after some epic rallies between the two Egyptians much to the delight of the packed out crowd inside Drexel University.
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The comeback of Gohar seemed to throw El Tayeb completely off her game plan in the fifth as she lost focus to allow Gohar to start to dominate before eventually completing her comeback by a 3-11, 8-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-7 scoreline in 67 minutes.
“I can’t believe it,” said Gohar, who after today’s victory, will go to World No.2 in next month’s World Rankings.
“It was so tough out there, I felt my legs burning and like I was doing court sprints with Nour out there in the first two games. I just tried to hang in there and I didn’t want the crowd to be upset about a bad final match. I was thinking ‘that’s the worst final ever’, but it turns out and I hope it was a good one.
“I was trying to impose my game, but Nour was playing better in the beginning. She studied my game plan really well and she caught me off guard in the China Open as well and she was keeping the same style. I was really nervous and I thought ‘just fight, you didn’t work that hard to just let it go’, so for each point I was just telling myself to fight. I tried to adapt, I knew that my plan wasn’t working and I thought when the opportunity came to just take a risk and see how it goes.
“The crowd was amazing and the best ever, I think even better than an Egyptian crowd! It’s really nice for us to have such a good crowd and it cheers you on when you are down.”
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt  Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-2: 3-11, 8-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-7 (67m)