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El-Shorbagy wins Qatar Classic, El-Sherbini runner-up
World Number 1 Mohamed El-Shorbagy has won his second Qatar Classic in a row, while compatriot Nour El-Sherbini lost the final to the upcoming world number 1 Laura Massaro amidst a huge Egyptian crowd.
El-Shorbagy went into his fourth final in Qatar with high spirits, which helped him easily win the first two games 11-5 and 11-7, respectively. Then, 32-year-old Frenchman Gregory Gaultier was able to slow the tempo of the game, and successfully secure the third game with a score of 11-5. However, the 24-year-old Alexandrian wasn’t discouraged and he won the fourth game of the match 12-10, thereforw winning the match 3-1. With that win, El-Shorbagy will move into the World Championship with high morale.
After the match, El-Shorbagy said, “I’m just glad I was able to play the whole week here and I’m glad I could win the title just one week before the World Championship. For sure, it’s a confidence boost for me for that tournament.”
Nour El-Sherbini lost to Massaro 3-2 in a final that lasted 73 minutes. The 20-year-old Egyptian lost the first game 11-8, but she resiliently won the second game 14-12. However, errors cost El-Sherbini the third game 11-9. But, the Egyptian didn’t give up and was able to tie the match at 2-2. In the end, Massaro’s experience helped her seal the match with an 11-9 win in the final game.
El-Sherbini kept her head high, claiming, “I’m happy and hope that next time I can make it to the title.”