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Squash: Ashour defeats ElShorbagy to claim Grasshopper Cup title

Ramy Ashour

PSA World Tour

was crowned 2018 Grasshopper Cup champions after beating World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy in an all-Egyptian final on Sunday.

The three-time World Champion has largely been absent from the tour over the past period due to injuries that forced him to withdraw from seven events over the past two years.

The 30-year-old won his first title win in seven months and ended ElShorbagy’s 12-match winning streak with a 3-0 (11-8, 11-9, 11-6) victory in 50 minutes.

This marked the 11th meeting between the Egyptian duo on the PSA World Tour. Ashour had an impressive run in the 2018 Grasshopper Cup as he dominated his game against World No.7 Simon Rösner before beating 2017 champion Gregory Gaultier in the semi-final.

“I’m pouring with emotion right now,” said Ashour after the match. “It’s been a very hard two years – but I have proved to myself that I am there again.

“Mohamed is an amazing athlete. He is the World Champion and he has been doing amazing recently but I’m happy with the way I played today. It was a brutal match but I’m glad I came out on top.

“I won. I’m not surprised because I did a lot of work and I’ve been through a lot – I’m not being cocky – I’m saying what’s really on my mind, because I think I kind of deserve this and I hope we can play more of these matches in the future,” he added.

Meanwhile, ElShorbagy, who returned to the World No.1 spot for the first time in 12 months in March, defeated World No.15 James Willstrop 3-0 in the semi-final.

“We always play matches at a different level. I wish I had more in me to match him today but he was playing so well this week and he was just too good,” ElShorbagy said.

“There is no shame in losing to one of the sport’s greatest players and I hope he stays healthy so we can play more of these battles together,” he added.

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