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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: FINALS PREVIEW & HOW TO WATCH LIVE

The finals of the 2020-21 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family take place today, with action beginning at 18:00 local time (GMT-5) at the University Club of Chicago.

It's the women's final first as World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and World No.2 Nouran Gohar lock horns for not just the World Championship trophy, but also the World No.1 spot.

The men's final will see another titanic tussle between the two best players in the world as Ali Farag and Mohamed ElShorbagy go head-to-head to see who will become the new World Champion.

You can catch all the action live from Chicago on SquashTV, (worldwide) and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (Indian sub-continent only). We’ll also be live on the channels of contracted broadcast partners around the world around the world.

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

Here's the Order of Play
(All times are local – GMT-5)

Nour El Sherbini v Nouran Gohar

It all comes down to this for Nour El Sherbini and Nouran Gohar…

The two Egyptians will lock horns for the first time in a World Championship final, where the stakes are raised with the World No.1 spot also up for grabs for the winner.

El Sherbini, the current World No.1 and defending World Champion, will be aiming to keep her hot streak of form going in Chicago after winning both the 2019 World Championship crown here and the 2020 Windy City Open.

For Gohar, however, this will be the first time she has competed in the final of the sport’s biggest event and she also has the chance to upset the form book further if she gets her hands on the No.1 spot.

There have been 16 meetings between the two players during their PSA careers, with El Sherbini holding a strong advantage with 12 victories to Gohar’s four.

World No.2 Gohar did take the last win though as she knocked out her rival in the third round of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals en route to victory at the event.

Four of their previous meetings have been in finals with El Sherbini winning all of them dating back to the 2016 Allam British Open. However, Gohar is also a woman in form this season and will be keen to get one over on her compatriot.

SquashLevels prediction for the women's final

It is rather fitting that our partners at SquashLevels have these two players down as the top two on their power rating.

El Sherbini leads the way with a level of 15,944 after not dropping a single game so far this week and 131 minutes on the clock for her court time.

Meanwhile, Gohar sits in second with a level of 15,296 and has just dropped one game so far in Chicago with that coming against New Zealand’s Joelle King in the quarter finals.

SquashLevels think this one is going down to the wire though with El Sherbini triumphing in five-games according to their algorithm, how do you see this one going?

Ali Farag v Mohamed ElShorbagy

We’re no stranger to a battle between these two, with Ali Farag and Mohamed ElShorbagy trading blows as the sport’s top two male players for a number of years now.

We saw these two battle it out not so long ago in the group stages of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, however, it has been a little wait to see them go toe-to-toe over five games. A last meeting in the traditional format was the 2020 Canary Wharf Classic final, right before the Tour was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The World No.1 spot may have gone for Farag following ElShorbagy’s victory over Paul Coll in the semi-finals last night. However, he can still add a second World Championship crown to his ever growing trophy cabinet, while ElShorbagy is also looking for a double to add to his 2017 triumph in Manchester.

There have been 21 matches between these two in the past and an incredible 12 of those have been in finals.

ElShorbagy has the overall advantage with 13 wins to Farag’s eight. The ‘Beast’ has also won the most finals against his compatriot, with seven final victories.

From the 2017 Hong Kong Open up until the 2020 Canary Wharf Classic, the two Egyptians only faced each other in finals with the recent CIB PSA World Tour Finals interrupting that incredible run with the two players being drawn in the same group.

Once again, SquashLevels have the two finalists down as the top two players in their power ratings. However, this time it is current World No.2 ElShorbagy who is the highest ranked player with a level of 74,066.

ElShorbagy has only dropped one game so far in Chicago, with that coming in last night's match with Coll. Farag, on the other hand, was put through his paces in an 84-minute five-game battle with defending champion Tarek Momen last night.

SquashLevels believe this one will go in the favour of ElShorbagy, but do you agree?

You can catch all the action live from Chicago on SquashTV, 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.

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