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El Shorbagy beats Gaultier in El Gouna final
Mohamed El Shorbagy became the fifth Egyptian to win PSA’s El Gouna International Squash Tournament after beating world no.2 Gregory Gaultier in a thrilling final that ended 3-2.
World number one Mohamed El Shorbagy had reached the final after effortlessly defeating Miguel Angel Rodriguez 3-0 on Thursday in a match that lasted just 35 minutes.
On the other end, world no. 2 Gregory Gaultier eliminated Egypt’s Fares Dessouki 3-1 despite Desouki winning the first game 11-7.
In 16 encounters between the two, Gaultier was the victor in ten; however, in the last seven matches between the two, Gaultier managed to get only one win.
The final, which was played on Friday night in Egypt, saw the attendance of a large number of Egyptians in support of El Shorbagy.
Gregory Gaultier’s impressive start to the match helped him win the first game 7-11. He then doubled his lead after winning the second game 9-11, putting him one game away from being crowned champion.
El Shorbagy didn’t let that happen as he came back into the match with a very strong performance that won him the third game 11-3.
Gaultier almost won the match in the fourth game after leading 4-8 and being just three points away from sealing it, but El Shorbagy’s fighting spirit spurred him into a comeback to win the game 11-9.
The final game of the match ended in El Shorbagy’s favor with a score of 11-8, and therefore completing an impressive comeback in a match that lasted 90 minutes after being 2-0 down.
It is worth noting that this was El Gouna International Squash Tournament’s fifth edition, with every champion so far being of Egyptian nationality.