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Ashour Wins Second World Series Finals Title
Egyptian World No.3Ramy
his second Power Courts World Series Finals crown after emerging a 3-1
victor in an electrifying final against compatriotMohamed
Richmond, Virginia today.
Ashour, champion in 2007, came through 15-17, 11-7, 11-4,
11-5 in a titanic 63-minute tussle which was full to the brim of
thrilling rallies which delighted the crowd at the prestigious Westwood
It was the first time that two Egyptians have met in the
final of the PSA World Series title decider and Cairo-based Ashour,
who's past four months have been injury plagued, said he was privileged
to take on his Alexandrian compatriot with the title on the line.
"I'm really, really proud to win such a prestigious
"Everyone would love to win this event and I really
pushed myself and focused from the first point of the week until the
last point of the week which gives me a lot of confidence mentally.
"It's been a great week overall and I think my
performances were good and I was really proud that both of us were in
the final today.
"It's the first time that there's been two Egyptian in
the World Series Finals final and this kind of success can help uplift
spirits back home in Egypt.
"We've gone through a lot of turmoil in recent years.
It's still not over but it's getting better and better. We do what we
can to raise the flag through squash and doing our best and we have
faith that very soon things will be in a much better state than they
It was Elshorbagy who took the opening game in a
nail-biting 17-15 tie-break but that challenge forced Ashour to raise
his game and the former World No.1 and two-time World Champion responded
to produce some of his best squash to see off his younger challenger.
"It was a brutal match and both of us were really hungry
to win that opening game and it's credit to him that it went his way,"he
"He deserved to win that game and I had to come back with
a different plan from the second game and thankfully it worked.
"It definitely wasn't easy. He's very explosive and
catches you off guard so you have to be on your toes and you have to
really dig-in and make sure that every point counts and I'm happy to
Finale To World Series Finals
Egyptian pair Ramy Ashour and Mohamed Elshorbagy, the No.3 and No.4
players in the world, respectively, will contest the final of the Power
Courts World Series Finals at the Westwood Club in Richmond, Virginia
Elshorbagy booked his place in the final with a 3-2 win over World No.1
Nick Matthew, his second consecutive win over the Englishman having
beaten him in the 2013 Qatar Classic final, in a tense and hard-fought
battle full of sublime squash action.
really happy to win today,” said
“That’s the second time in a row I have beaten him 3-2 and today it was
a very tough battle.
really pleased with how I started in the fifth game and I think I broke
him down mentally.
were some scrappy moments in the match but it’s an individual sport so
things are bound to happen on court. We’re both hungry players but
whatever happens on court stays on there and after the match we shook
hands and he wished me good luck.”
Having already beaten Ashour 2-0 in the round robin best-of-three match
phase earlier this week, Elshorbagy will be hoping to make it
two-from-two against his elder compatriot and make amends for his defeat
to Ashour in the 2012 World Championship in Qatar in what was one of the
most exhilarating matches in recent years.
“Playing Ramy in the final is great and I’m really happy that we’ve been
able to make it an all-Egyptian final,”
the first ever all-Egyptian final in the World Series Finals history
which is great for our country and I think our matches are always
interesting because we’re both such attacking players.
will go back and recover now and see how it goes tomorrow. You train to
play five tough matches in every tournament so hopefully I can come back
and play even better tomorrow.”
Ashour will be looking to add a second World Series Finals title to his
trophy cabinet, having won the event in 2007, and looked to be back at
his sublime best as he dismantled French World No.2 Gregory Gaultier 3-0
in their semi-final.
think when I can beat Greg in three straight games in the form he has
been in recently then I can say that I’m almost back at my full
recently come back from injury and it’s still in the back of my head but
I way happy and glad to play the way I did today.
most important thing for me now is to play injury free and to play
without any threats and just think about only the ball without any other
thoughts entering my mind.”
Top 4 Progress In World Series Finals
French World No.2Gregory
Egypt's World No.3Ramy
set to lock horns in the semi-finals of the Power Courts World Series
Finals just two weeks after they met in the final of the 2014 Windy City
Ashour will be hoping to gain revenge for his 3-0 defeat
to Gaultier in that match-up when they take to the court at the
prestigious Westwood Club in Richmond, Virginiatomorrow.
Ashour booked his place in the semi-finals following an
impressive 20-minute demolition of compatriotTarek
the final day of round robin action which also saw World No.1Nick
to the last four.
"The court conditions were cold tonight and it was very
rewarding because when you hit a good shot it just goes right and I love
playing on a cold court,"said
"It's great to be competing with these amazing athletes
in this event as it really pushes you and motivates you and I'm happy to
be in the semi-finals.
"Greg is very dangerous and explosive player and he's a
good friend of mine as well. We've had some great matches before but the
games between us are always fair so hopefully it will be another great
After losing a dramatic match against compatriotTarek
Elshorbagy rebounded in impressive fashion to beat English World No.5James
to ensure his place in the semi-finals.
Having had several match balls in his favour Elshorbagy
lost 2-1 to Momen in one of the most dramatic comebacks in recent
history but managed to put that defeat out of his mind to win an
exhilarating 11-9, 11-7 contest against Willstrop.
"I don't think anyone can imagine how tough it was to
take that loss last night especially as I had match balls,"said
"I had played so well against Ramy in the first match and
I was playing well against Tarek so it was so tough to know that if I
went wrong today I would have gone out of the competition.
"I spoke to Jonah (Barrington) at6amand
told him I couldn't get the loss out of my mind and without his advice
there is no way I would have been able to get on the court today.
"He told me that when you lose a match like that you just
have to laugh about it and you just have to concentrate on what you have
to do as a professional player.
"I went 2-0 up in each of my last two matches against
James so that gave me some confidence and it's my first time in the
semi-finals of the World Series so I'm just going to enjoy it now."