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World No. 2 Mohamed El Shorbagy has managed to beat fellow Egyptian and world no. 1 Ali Farag 3-1 in an exciting contest in the 2019 Allam British Open final to win his third accolade ever in the tournament.
The 28-year-old managed to win his third title in the British Open after defeating Egyptian counterpart, Ali Farag 3-1: 11-9, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9 in 66 minutes.
The pair had previously met 16 times on the PSA World Tour before this, with the last six clashes having all been in finals across the globe.
“I have such respect for Ali. What he achieved this season is unbelievable. Our last match last season in Dubai, he told me that what I did last season was inspirational,” El-Shorbagy said.
“This time is it my turn to say that what he has done this season was inspirational. Normally, winning the US Open, Hong Kong and British Open in one season would be enough to keep me at No.1. Ali just showed consistency throughout and he was the toughest I had to face.”
“We are going to improve each other for the rest of our careers and after a lot of great players have retired, I think squash now needs a new rivalry. The people need a new rivalry and hopefully we can both give the people what they want and what they will enjoy!”