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The trophy that will be presented to the winner of tonight's Manchester Open finals

Manchester Open Finals: The Stats & How To Watch LIVE

The finals of the Manchester Open take place this evening, as the first major titles in over six months are won on the PSA World Tour. Play begins at 17:00 (GMT+1).

You can catch all the action live from the National Squash Centre on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only), and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (Indian sub-continent only).

You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.

Here’s the Order of Play
(All times are local – GMT+1)

The women’s final will see the only non-Egyptian left, in the tournament’s top seed Camille Serme. She will do battle with World No.4, and the tournament’s No.2 seed, Nour El Tayeb.

This will be the 13th meeting between the pair on the PSA World Tour, and the fourth in the last three years. El Tayeb holds the 7-5 advantage over the Frenchwoman, and has been successful in their last three duels. She also won the only final the pair have contested. That was over a decade ago, at the Creteil International Open in 2010.

Serme has gone through the wringer this week, and has averaged almost an hour per match. She stared with three consecutive 3-1 wins, against USA’s Sabrina Sobhy, Belgian No.1 Nele Gilis and the defending Manchester Open champion, Joelle King. ‘La Panthere’ then did battle with her newest nemesis, Hania El Hammamy, in the last four. She needed a fifth game to seal the win, after nearly 70 minutes on court.

On the other hand, the World No.4 has dropped just a single game throughout the entire tournament, and she had been on court for over an hour and a half less than the Frenchwoman. She downed Jasmine Hutton, Donna Lobban and World No.7 Amanda Sobhy in straight games, before a tougher four-game battle with English No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry in the semi-finals.

Can Serme find the strength to fight again after yesterday’s heroics, and repeat her Tournament of Champions victory from January? Or will El Tayeb secure a second title of the year, and defeat Serme for the fourth straight match.

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The men’s final is an all-Egyptian affair between two former World Champions. World No.1 and 2017 champ Mohamed ElShorbagy takes on former World No.1 and 2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad.

The pair have met 16 times on the PSA World Tour before, with ElShorbagy holding the comfortable 11-5 advantage over the ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’. Gawad has the better record in finals, having won two of the three they have clashed in, including the epic Channel VAS Championships finale back in November, a match he won in 90 minutes.

Both men have been on court for nearly four hours across their four matches this week. ElShorbagy has spent ten minutes less on the National Squash Centre’s showpiece court, but he had to fight to come through an 84 minute battle with New Zealand’s Paul Coll in the semi-finals yesterday, following comfortable victories over Raphael Kandra, James Willstrop and Joel Makin.

Gawad started his week with a five-game battle against Frenchman Lucas Serme before then getting the better of England’s Declan James in straight games in the last 16. The World No.3 then had to overcome tricky tests against No.7 seed Simon Rösner and No.6 seed Marwan ElShorbagy to make the final.

Can ‘the Beast’ take another title to add to his impressive resume? Or can Gawad make it two final victories in a row against ElShorbagy?

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