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SQUASH: Elshorbagy, El Sherbini crowned champions of 2016 British Open

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Egypt’s Mohamed Elshorbagy and Nour El Sherbini were crowned champions of the 2016 Allam British Open, the oldest and most prestigious tournament in squash. 

The tournament, which took place in Hull’s Airco Arena, featured four Egyptians in the final for the first time in the history after Ramy Ashour, Mohamed Elshorbagy, Nour El Sherbini and Nouran Gohar made it through the semi-final.

Defending champion Mohamed Elshorbagy met with the 2013 champion Ramy Ashour in the most anticipated match of the tournament. Ashour led the head-to-head record 7-1 between the two Pharaohs, before Elshorbagy managed to diminsh the difference, beating Ashour 3-0 (11-2. 11-5. 11-9) and winning his fifth consecutive World Tour title.

On the other hand, women’s world number 5, Nour El Sherbini made history, becoming the first Egyptian female to win the title after beating the 18-year-old world champion Nouran Gohar.

After becoming the youngest finalists in the tournament, El Sherbini and Gohar produced an impressive performance in a 75-minute match. El Sherbini took the upper hand and managed to defeat Gohar 3-2 ( 11-7, 9-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8), becoming the second youngest player in the world to win the tournament.

The Pharaohs continue their domination in squash; however, they are set to have a new challenge in the upcoming 2016 El Gouna International squash tournament, which will take place between April 24 and 29 in Egypt.

A pre-med student majoring in applied kinesiology at Rutgers University, Reporter at KingFut and a devoted Real Madrid fan.

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