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Ali Farag is the 2020 Windy City Open champion

Windy City Open Final: Farag Battles Back From The Brink To Down Coll

World No.2 Ali Farag is the 2020 Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family champion after he came back from two games down to defeat World No.5 Paul Coll in a scintillating final at the University Club of Chicago.

This was the 13th meeting between the pair, with the former World No.1 holding a huge advantage over the Kiwi. He had won the last 11 meetings coming into this clash, with Coll’s only win coming at the 2017 JK.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions. However, this was the first time the duo were facing off in a final.

The former World No.1 started the match the strainer of the two players, and he injected some pace in the middle of the first game, as he tried to put some work into the Kiwi’s legs. It worked, but Coll saved five game balls to come from 10-7 down to win 14-12.

The World No.5 then took the second game 11-9, having let Farag fight his way back from 7-3 down. The Egyptian then won the next six points, but Coll recovered to win the last four, doubling his lead in the match.

The third game started scrappily, but some lengthy rallies helped Farag to gain some control, as the Kiwi started to feel the work that he had done over the first two games. A big celebration from the Egyptian after a huge rally at 5-3 showed his emotion, and he went on to cut the deficit in the match to one.

He then followed then by taking a five-point lead in the fourth game, and although Coll tried to fight back to take the victory, the former World No.1 was able to win it 11-6 to force a deciding game. The fifth was a foregone conclusion from the first few points, with Coll’s tank running on empty. The Kiwi could only manage a single point in the fifth game, as Farag roared on to win the Windy City Open for the firs time in his career, following on from his wife, Nour El Tayeb, who won this trophy in 2018.

“I was telling Nour [El Tayeb] after the second that I still hd it in me to win the last three games. I could have been the one that was 2-0 up but all credit to Paul, after beating Mohamed [ElShorbagy] and Karim [Abdel Gawad],” Farag admitted.

“I was out of it after the second. I tried to hang in there and at least if I didn’t win it then I had put some work into his legs. It has been a great week for myself and I could not be prouder.

“First of all, I would like to thank my brother and his wife for staying so strong. I take inspiration from them every day and this one if for them. Karim Darwish for always letting me believe in myself. He keeps telling me that I am the best player and that plays off. My parents, they are up every morning to watch matches, and last but not least, Nour has been a great inspiration. Everyone knows how much she helps me every day and I am so grateful!”

[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [5] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-2: 12-14, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-1 (76m)

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