Raneem El Welily, Marwan Elshorbagy crowned El Gouna International champions
Welily and Shorbagy emerged winners in an all-Egyptian final of the tournament that was held on the banks of Egypt’s Red Sea.
Raneem El Wilily defeated compatriot and World No.1 Nour El Sherbini 3-1 (5-11, 11-8, 11-3, 14-12) in 50 minutes to claim the title. The World No.2 avenged her loss to Sherbini in the 2017 PSA Women’s World Championship, which was also held in Gouna.
Sherbini took a 1-0 lead before Welily fought back to win three sets in a row. “What a match that was, Nour played fantastic and was fighting back all the way to the end,” El Welily told the PSA World Tour official website after the game.
“I was thinking too much about that today, so I’m very happy that I managed to win it at the end and that I pushed myself,” Welily added.
The men’s final saw World No.4 Marwan Shorbagy continue his impressive form after defeating his older brother and World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in the semi-final.
He went on to beat his fellow countryman and World No.2 Ali Farag in straight sets (11-8, 11-5, 11-4) in 39 minutes to claim his first ever World Series title.
“To win my first ever World Series title here in Egypt means a lot to me,” ElShorbagy said.
“Especially to win it here at home means the world. I’m so happy, I’m over the moon and I can’t even describe how I feel.
“I’ve lost a few major finals before, but coming into this one I just had to learn from the losses I had and I had to be more relaxed and more focused. Me and my coach put a good game plan together before the match.
“Always when you play Ali it’s a tough battle. We’ve played a few times this season, he’s had a great season and he’s up to World No.2 now which is his best ever ranking. I congratulate him for an amazing season and I’m sure we’ll play many more battles again,” he added.
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