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El Gouna International Finals: Reaction from Winners El Sherbini & ElShorbagy

Stay tuned as we bring you reaction from the players who are in action in the finals at the El Gouna Squash International.

Find out who takes the PSA Platinum titles tonight!

Schedule
(All times are local GMT+2)
20:00 [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [2] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
Follow [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [3] Paul Coll (NZL)

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El Sherbini Wins El Gouna Title

Egypt's World No.1 Nour El Sherbini has won the El Gouna International title for the first time in her career following a 3-0 victory over compatriot and World No.2 Nouran Gohar.

El Sherbini proved exactly why she is the World No.1 as she produced a masterclass performance to dispel Gohar, who has been in strong form this week, to take her third PSA Platinum title of the season.

The 25-year-old, who lost to Gohar in the quarter finals of this event in 2019, oozed confidence as she was at her accurate best to claim the victory in 38 minutes. That win means she now sits joint ninth with former World No.1 Raneem El Welily on the all-time women’s winners list with 24 PSA titles.

“I’ve been playing Nouran for a long time now and at a Platinum event as the No.1 and No.2 it was going to be a tough match,” said El Sherbini.

“She has been playing well the whole tournament and we’re two different styles, so I tried to bring my game more than her game and that was my plan today.

“She is the World No.2, so I always have to be ready. Every point she is fighting and never gives up, so I was making sure I won every point and not give up. I had to bring my ‘A’ game and I’m glad it was working today.”

Gohar said:

“Losing is never a nice feeling.

“But I can’t really complain. I’ve had a great week here as usual, it’s a very special tournament to my heart. I’ve had my biggest wins here and thanks to CIB for making this tournament possible – without CIB I don’t think we would have been able to play this last year.

“Thank you to Amr Mansi for putting the event on and making it impressive, the venue is unbelievable. PSA has done an unbelievable job with some surprises last week, so it was a lot of work and a great event and I was enjoying playing out there.”

Result:
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [2] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 (38m)

ElShorbagy Takes El Gouna Crown

Mohamed ElShorbagy salutes the crowd in Egypt

Egypt’s World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy defeated New Zealand’s Paul Coll 11-5, 11-2, 11-7 to win his second El Gouna title.

The ‘Beast of Alexandria’ dominated from start to finish as he took the lead and never once looked like letting go as Coll struggled to find any way into the match.

ElShorbagy’s victory means he claims his 43rd PSA title and his first Platinum title of the season as he looks to challenge Ali Farag for the World No.1 spot in the coming months.

“I’m really happy to win here at home,” said ElShorbagy during the trophy presentation.

“To win my second title here means the world to me and to do it in front of my parents, this means so much for me. I’m here today because of them and I never dreamt of achieving everything I have in my career if you didn’t take me to every training session, my parents have done everything so thank you both for everything.

“This is the ninth edition of El Gouna and I’ve played all nine times. I can remember the first time Mansi did this tournament and I remember all the conversations. Your whole story is inspiring and I’ve seen your story from day one, everything you have achieved and thank you so much for everything you have done for the sport – you’ve taken it to another level. I’d also like to thank all the sponsors for getting us back here, they have done an amazing job to support a great event.

“I would also like to congratulate Paul on an amazing season so far. You are one of the most inspiring athletes I have ever come across and every match I watch you it inspires me. I would like to thank the crowd for coming to support us and I wouldn’t have had this performance today if you didn’t come to support me.

“Lastly, I would like to dedicate this tournament to the whole family of Pontefract and Malcolm Willstrop – he has left a great image to the sport and has done so much for our sport. We have lost such a great man, so I would like to dedicate this title to him and the whole family at Pontefract.”

Coll said:

“I came up against a very strong and hungry opponent.

“Mohamed was all class and he was just too good tonight. I fell short again, but a really good learning experience, the quality of squash he played tonight is I think what everyone needs to play if they want to beat him and win these big events.

“Egypt saved the sport over the last 10 months, our last four or five tournaments have been here and that’s largely down to the sponsors that have been supporting us. As hard as it is to come here and win against all these Egyptians, I think all of the Tour is so grateful to be able to come here and compete.”

Result:
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [3] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-2, 11-7 (49m)

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