2017 FINALS : Sherbini & Shorbagy in Egyptian Double

2017 FINALS

[1] Nour El Sherbini (Egy) 3-0 [2] Raneem El Welily (Egy) 11/5, 11/8, 11/5 (28m)

[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy) 3-2 [4] Ali Farag (Egy) 11/6, 5/11, 11/4, 7/11, 11/3 (65m)

It was always going to be a second Egyptian Double after last year’s victories by Nouran Gohar and Ramy Ashour, but today at Hong Kong Park Sports Centre we had the first ever all-Egyptian World Series Finals Day.

Quick win for Sherbini

The women’s final was a quick affair as Nour El Sherbini and Raneem El Welily met for the first time since their World Champs final in El Gouna earlier this year.

Sherbini won then, and she won today, quickly going ahead in all three games and holding off any attempt by Welily to respond.

It was all over in under half an hour, and Sherbini, in just her second appearance in HK, was the champion.

“It’s my first World Series title in almost two years, so it’s special,” said El Sherbini.

“I was more fresh than her, so I think that was the difference today.”   

ElShorbagy and Farag again

The men’s final saw Mohamed Elshorbagy and Ali Farag do battle for the fourth time in as many weeks, and this one went the distance.

None of the first three games were particularly close, whoever started well finished it off. Shorbagy took the first, Farag levelled, Shorbagy forged ahead again.

At 5-1 to Shorbagy in the fourth the end looked nigh, but Farag fought back well, taking it 11/7 to force a decider.

In the fifth it was Shorbagy who started well, opening up a 7-1 lead and this time there was no coming back for Farag as Shorbagy collected his third Hong Kong title.

“We’ve played so many battles in the last few weeks and I want to congratulate him and all of his team,” said ElShorbagy.

“I’m happy I’m playing well again this year, I’ve done a lot of work this summer and I’m really proud with the way I’ve started this season.”

What they said

Nour El Sherbini

“It’s my first World Series title in almost two years, so it’s special!

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“This title was really important for me so I could get my confidence back and to feel that I’m playing well before the World Championships. This tournament has given me a huge push and I’m really happy to win the Hong Kong Open.

“It’s my second time here and I played well, so I can’t wait to come back next year.”

“Raneem is one of my good friends and I’ve learned a lot from her. I don’t feel any pressure playing her, I just go for my shots. She’s been playing a lot of matches from the first round and I think she was struggling a lot with her movement.

“I was more fresh than her, so I think that was the difference today.”

 

Mohamed ElShorbagy:

We’ve played so many battles in the last few weeks and I want to congratulate him and all of his team.”

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“He’s played unbelievable squash at the last few tournaments and to keep backing it up tournament after tournament, and I’m looking forward to many more battles with him in the future.

“I’m happy I’m playing well again this year, I’ve done a lot of work this summer and I’m really proud with the way I’ve started this season, but there is still a long season ahead.

I’m going to enjoy this trophy for a day or two and then I will look forward to my next event.”

Finals Day mini-Gallery : lots more in the main gallery