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Mohamed El Shorbagy, Raneem El Welily crowned US Open champions

PSA World Tour US Open Shorbagy

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Egypt’s World No.1 Mohamed El Shorbagy and World No.2 Raneem El Welily became US Open champions securing their positions in the PSA World Tour Finals.

El Welily, who won the China Squash Open in September 2018, faced World No.1 Nour El Sherbini in an Egyptian final and managed to win the U.S. Open champion for the first time in her career.

The squash player was eager to snatch the title after failing to do so last year at Drexel University when she was defeated by fellow Egyptian player Nour El Tayeb 3-2 in the final final.

But for this year’s title, El Welily was victorious in 33 minutes beating El Sherbini 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-8.

“Last year I made it to the final and couldn’t quite make it to the end,” she told PSA World Tour. “I’m very glad that I managed to make it one further this time. The U.S. Open has been one of the titles that I have always loved and a title that I have wanted to win for a long time now.

“It’s definitely a special moment for me.

“Nour has had a great week and has played really well and I look forward to many more matches this season. I’m sure she will come back fighting and they will be good battles.

“Hopefully I can get back to World No.1, it’s my dream and I will continue to fight for it.”

On the other side, experienced World No.1 Mohamed El Shorbagy came from behind and snatched his third Men’s title from German World No.5 Simon Rosner.

Rosner proved his eagerness to win as he secured the first set 8-11 before El Shorbagy came back to the game winning the second set 11-8. However, the German player did not give up and won the third set 6-11.

El Shorbagy was able to reverse the pressure Rosner put on him and came back again winning the last two sets 11-8, 11-4 to end the final that lasted 73 minutes.

“I need to give credit to Rösner, he played amazing throughout the whole week,” the Egyptian champion told PSA World Tour. “He’s an incredible athlete and had an amazing season last year and this season he is playing better already. I’m sure for the rest of the season we will have many more battles and I’m happy for him because he’s such a nice guy.

“I’m pleased we had a fair battle. I’m pleased to win my third U.S. Open title, I lost last year and I was a bit disappointed but I lost to the better player and had no regrets.

“This year, I wanted to come and try and do one match better and luckily I was able to do that and it came together this week.”

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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