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Gohar and Farag Claim CIB Egyptian Open Titles: Player Reaction

The finals of the CIB Egyptian Open take place tonight in front of the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza, with the first major titles of the new season being claimed.

Once again, it will be the top two in the world who take each other on in the women’s final, as Nour El Sherbini and Nouran Gohar meet in the final for the third straight tournament. The ‘Warrior Princess’ will be aiming to defend her CIB Egyptian Open crown, and claim her third victory in succession, following her wins over Gohar at the World Championships and British Open.

The men’s final sees the top two in the world go head-to-head once again, with Ali Farag aiming to defend the title he won twelve months ago. He takes on Mohamed ElShorbagy for the season’s first major prize.

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We will bring you the results and all of the latest player reaction right here. Play starts at 19:00 local time (GMT+2).

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

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Gohar Saves Three Match Balls To Win CIB Egyptian Open

Nouran Gohar came back from being three match balls down in the deciding game to win the CIB Egyptian Open, beating Nour El Sherbini in an incredible final in front of the Pyramids.

This was the third successive final that the pair found themselves in, with the ‘Warrior Princess’ having taken the titles at the PSA World Championships and the Allam British Open in Hull.

This time round though, Gohar flew out of the blocks, and was two games ahead within no time, showing no mercy in the early stages. However, as always, El Sherbini showed her fighting spirit, and she would not be beaten easily.

The five-time World Champion took the third game in a flash, and then carried that momentum through the fourth as well, before holding a 10-7 lead in he fifth and deciding game, with three Championship balls to her name.


However, ‘the Terminator’ was not going to beaten in a third straight final by her nearest rival. She saved all three Championship balls in a hurry, before then taking the next two points as well to secure the first major title of the new season.

“Is it over? I felt like I was spending the whole night on the court! I mean, I am enjoying these matches now. At the beginning, it was tough to lose but now I am enjoying it,” Gohar said.

“I feel like I am growing every match and Nour did everything in this game. I just have to catch up with what she is doing. Having the rivalry with her right now is something big which I am really proud of.


“Playing the finals of all the big events is something I am really proud of and to win it today is something extra special for sure. I can’t actually believe it is the first time I have beaten her in a final, in front of the Pyramids, in front of my friends and family, in front of the home crowd. Nothing can beat this, actually.

“I am very proud of it. Nour was always the youngster, playing with the older generations. We never really played as juniors, the first time we played was on the PSA and she was always in the top five with Raneem [El Welily] and Omneya [Abdel Kawy]. To be her rival right now is something that I am really proud of and I can't wait for more matches together!”

Result:
[2] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-2: 11-7, 11-4, 5-11, 7-11, 12-10 (64m)

Farag Comes From Two Games Down To Beat ElShorbagy

World No.1 Ali Farag came from two games down to defeat World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy in the final of the CIB Egyptian Open to retain the crown he won twelve months ago at the Pyramids.

Ali Farag

This was the pair’s 14th meeting in a final in the last four years, with Farag also attempting to defend his CIB Egyptian Open title, while ElShorbagy was hoping to win the title for the first time, and add this major to his incredible trophy cabinet.

It was the ‘Beast of Alexandria’ who started the quicker of the two, winning the first two games. The second was a lengthy battle, lasting over 20 minutes, and it seemed to have an effect on the former World No.1.

Farag used it to his advantage, winning the third game and dropping just two points in the process. ElShorbagy then had a three-minute self-inflicted injury break in between games, but the defending champion just kept pushing on.


In the end, it was quite comfortable for Farag, as he came back from two games down to defeat ElShorbagy, and claim yet another major title.

“I am feeling amazing. It cant get any better, you know. Playing at such a venue against the greatest rival of my career and the greatest of our generation,” Farag said.

To be able to come back from 2-0 down is something that I am really proud of. As always, I am very proud to be able to share the court with such a great champion like Mohamed. I learn a lot from him every year.

“We have played in almost every Platinum event final, but we didn’t play in the most special one until today. We delivered a match for the crowd that they really deserve.


“I know we have been recognising him all week, but he deserves more than that. Yassin Kouritam, the young amazing champion. He is a joy to watch, to be around, a great guy from a great family. Everyone has been saying nothing but good about them. We wish him nothing but to recover very soon and to be back here with us!”

[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-2: 6-11, 9-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-5 (74m)

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