Nour El Sherbini has won in front of the Pyramids for a second straight year, as she downed World No.1 Nouran Gohar in straight games to win the CIB Egyptian Open 2020.
El Sherbini lifted the World Championship crown for a fourth time in front of this iconic backdrop on her 24th birthday last year, and this year, she had the added pressure of knowing that a win tonight would see her reach the summit of the World Rankings once again.
The pair had met 13 times on the PSA World Tour prior to this clash, with the ‘Warrior Princess’ holding a healthy 10-3 advantage over her younger compatriot, and she started the stronger of the two in the final in Giza.
However, Gohar started to find her range with her power hitting through the middle part of the game, but El Sherbini was able to hold off the fight back, and although ‘the Terminator’ saved a game ball, it was the current World No.2 who took the early advantage.
The second game followed the exact same pattern, but Gohar started to move more freely, having struggled with ankle and hip injuries over the course of the week. She held a 9-7 lead, but El Sherbini won the last four points of the game to double her overall advantage in the match.
The four-time World Champion then won the first six points of the third game, and it looked as if the match was over, but Gohar found something inside her to claw her way to within three points of her fellow Egyptian. However, it would be El Sherbini that took the third, and with it, the match, to become the CIB Egyptian Open champion, and to reaffirm her status as the best in the game by becoming World No.1 in the November rankings.
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Queen of the Pyramids
noursherbini</a> has done it again at the Pyramids to become the <a href="https://twitter.com/CIBEgyptianOpen?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">CIBEgyptianOpen champion!
Oh… and she will also go back to World No.1 next month! pic.twitter.com/dZ9HfVDph7
“It is unbelievable. Of course, just playing here in front of the Pyramids is very big for me. I always love to play here, so I am, of course, over the moon to come and win here for the second time. It is an unbelievable feeling for me!” El Sherbini said after the match.
“Every game was important. The first two were close and could have gone either way. I am really glad I was able to win both the first and second and it made a huge difference to the match. I had to tell myself to keep going because Nouran is playing unbelievably, and even tough she was injured, she beat many top players on her way to the final, but I am thrilled to win this match.
“Coming here and supporting us made a huge difference. I hope all the Egyptians are happy with this support, and with this crowd, they make every event special and we all want to win in front of them.”
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt  Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (36m)