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Squash: Egyptians make history in British Open
Egyptians make history in world series tournament, the British Open as for the first time in the tournament’s history there will be an all Egyptian men’s and women’s final.
Ramy Ashour faced and defeated the French General, Gregory Gaultier in the semi-final. The Artist won the first two games 11-6 and 12-10 but Gaultier showed true resilience as he came back and won the third 11-8 and the fourth game 11-9.
Gaultier started the fifth game with a bang taking Ashour by surprise and leading 5-0 but The Artist came back to make it 6-6 and eventually win the game 11-7 and the match 3-2 in an intense 72 minute match-up.
In the other semi-final, Mohamed El-Shorbagy avenged his brother and defeated Karim Abdel-Gawad who had defeated Marwan ElShorbagy in the quarter-final.
Gawad showed true spirit and played a great match but was no match of World No.1 Shorbagy as the latter won 3-0 (11-8, 11-7, 11-7) in 40 minutes.
Shorbagy and Ashour are set to face each other in the most anticipated match of the tournament. Ashour won their last two encounters in the 2015 Qatar Classic Open final and the 2015 Gouna International Squash Open final as well. Ashour leads the head-to-head record 7-1 between the two Pharaohs.
In the Women’s competition Nour El-Sherbini defeated World No.2 Nicol David for the fourth time in a row to make it to her fourth consecutive world series final. Sherbini beat David 3-1 (11-6, 2-11, 11-9, 11-6) in 40 minutes.
Not only did she remarkably defeat David and reach the final but this win bumped her to second place in the PSA world ranking of April for David to be third and Raneem El-Welily to be fourth.
18-year old Egyptian prodigy Nouran Gohar beat defending Champion Camille Serme in one of the tournament’s best matches. Gohar won the first two games 12-10 and 11-9 but Serme’s calmness and experience got her back into the game to win the third 11-9 and fourth 11-9.
The young Pharaoh prevailed in the fifth after she won 11-9 to make it 3-2 in a staggering 80 minutes.
Egyptians make history in England as this is the first time in the British Open history that four Egyptians will feature in the finals.
Not only that but Sherbini and Gohar also make history as they are the youngest finalists in such a prestigious tournament as British Open Junior Champion. Nouran Gohar, 18, is to face Nour El-Sherbini who was 16 years old when she reached the British Open final in 2012.