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Nouran Gohar and Amanda Sobhy in action

ToC Finals: Player Reaction

It's finals day at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions taking place at the iconic location of New York's Grand Central Terminal and we will bring you all the reaction from the matches.

Play begins at 19:00 (GMT-4) and all of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV and our broadcast partners around the world, including BT Sport and ONSports Egypt.

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The women's final is the first to take centre stage with World No.1 Nouran Gohar facing home hero Amanda Sobhy to see who can win the Tournament of Champions trophy for the first time.

They are followed on court by the men's final which will see Egypt's World No.2 Ali Farag go up against Peru's World No.5 Diego Elias for the PSA World Tour Gold title.

Order of Play
(All times local GMT-4)

Gohar Wins Women's Title

Nouran Gohar

World No.1 Nouran Gohar added the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions trophy to her ever growing list of accolades as she defeated USA’s Amanda Sobhy 11-7, 11-7, 11-3 under the chandeliers of New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

The last time the two faced each other was in the semi-finals of the Allam British Open, where Gohar claimed an imperious 3-0 victory in just 29 minutes. However, it was Sobhy that came out of the blocks firing today as she looked up for a battle from the first point, storming into a 5-1 lead.

That wasn’t to last though as Gohar showed no signs of panic or letting the patriotic New York crowd get to her as she hit back, striking with considered shots to disrupt the quickfire pace the American was trying to create to take the first game, 11-7.

World No.4 Sobhy dug in once again in the second, but Gohar once again proved too much to handle as she pulled out some of her best squash from the week so far to double her advantage before comfortably converting the third, 11-3.

That win marks the 24-year-old’s seventh PSA title of the season.

“It sounds awesome [to be champion], you guys [the crowd] are really fair!” Said Gohar afterwards.

“I thought no-one would clap for me because Amanda is the favourite, but everyone is unbelievable and have been all week, thank you for coming and supporting us.

“It feels really good to win the title. I’m over the moon, I’ve wanted this title for so long, it’s one of the best venues that you can play at and I really wanted to add my name on a prestigious trophy like this one. I wanted it badly and I thought this year seemed like a good year for me so why not take it.

“Having a big entity like J.P. Morgan sponsoring the event is huge for the sport and I’m very proud of this and proud to be part of such a big event. US squash has great female players playing right now and it’s good for our sport. I’ve always loved to play in Egypt because it’s my home, but since I moved here the US has been treating me really well.”

Result:
[1] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-3 (34m)

Farag Defeats Elias to Win Title

Ali Farag

Egypt’s World No.2 Ali Farag defeated Peru’s World No.5 Diego Elias 16-14, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5 to win his second J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions trophy, adding to his 2019 triumph in New York.

It was the second meeting this season between the two talented players with their last match coming in the final of the Optasia Championships in Wimbledon and proved to be a feisty affair after Farag fought through the pain barrier to win on that occasion.

And it was another victory for the reigning World Champion this time around as he extended his winning streak over the Peruvian to 15 victories with a battle-hardened performance at Grand Central Terminal.

It was an epic first game, which went the distance, as Elias saved four game balls and Farag saved two before the Egyptian eventually prevailed to take an important lead after a brutal 27-minutes of tantalising action.

That pattern continued in the next two games as Elias continued to put top seed Farag under immense pressure and was rewarded in the second when he drew level, showing how far his consistency and fitness has come.

It looked as though the World No.5 might have been able to sneak ahead in the third as the two continued to trade blows, however, accuracy from Farag at the crucial moments proved to be the difference as he once again edged into the lead before comfortably converting the fourth to clinch the PSA World Tour Gold title.

“I’m over the moon, the ToC is one of the biggest titles you want to win,” said Farag.

“I got to World No.1 on this court for the very first time, so I’ve got nothing but great memories. New York is always a great city to come back to, the vibe, there’s a lot of familiar faces. This crowd is extremely knowledgeable.

“Thanks to John Nimmick [Tournament Director] and his Squash Engine team for the great job they’ve done and the challenges they’ve had to face with omicron and everything. I have missed it, the ToC is one of the tournaments you really look forward to and this time I’ve got my parents and my aunt watching as well, so I’m really happy to lift this trophy in front of them.

“Diego, we played an incredible match. It was very physical, very technical, required a lot of skill and stamina, I think it had everything in there and it was played in good spirit as well. It wasn’t easy.”

Result:
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [2] Diego Elias (PER) 3-1: 16-14, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5 (76m)

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