SQUASH: Egyptians dominate PSA Dubai World Series Finals
Egyptian squash players dominated the men and women PSA Dubai World Series Finals after Mohamed ElShorbagy, Ali Farag, Nour El Sherbini and Raneem El Welily qualified to the final matches of the tournament.
World No.2 Ali Farag qualified to the final game after he was able to easily defeat England’s Nick Matthew2-0: 11-5, 11-7 (23m) putting his tournament and career to an end as Matthew was set to retire once he finishes the tournament.
“I dared to dream for a second that I could go all the way but Ali was slightly too good tonight,” Matthew added.
“It’s extremely emotional, I knew that if I was close to winning that they were going to be the last few points of Nick’s career,” Farag said.
On the other side of the semi-finals, World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy knocked out Germany’s Simon Rösner 2-1: 12-10, 10-12, 11-3 (47m)
“Every time it gets tough in any match I always tell myself that I live for these kind of moments, these are the moments I was born for,” ElShorbagy said. “Ali’s fresh, he’s playing well and we haven’t played since last November. It’s great to have the last match of the season between the World No.1 and No.2, definitely.”
As for the women’s competition, the top two ranked players Nour El Sherbini and Raneem El Welily will be facing each other in the final after claiming victories over France’s Camille Serme and World No.3 Nour El Tayeb.
“It was really hard from the first point and I have no idea what I would have done if it was longer than this best of three because I was tired.
“I’m really hungry to win it, I never won it before and this is my third year in a row coming here. It’s the second final so hopefully this time it’s going to be my title,” El Sherbini said.
El Sherbini managed to defeat Serme by an 11-7, 9-11, 11-8 margin in 39 minutes, while El Welily claimed a 2-0: 11-7, 11-9 (19m) victory over El Tayeb to reach the final for the first time since 2016.
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