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Ashour Wins Second World Series Finals Title

Power Courts
World Series Finals

Westwood Club, Richmond, Virginia
Quarter Finals   Semi Finals Final

Ramy Ashour
11/6, 11/6 (20m)
Tarek Momen               

Ramy Ashour
3-0: 13-11, 11-8, 11-7
[47 mins]
Gregory Gaultier
Ramy Ashour
15/17, 11/7, 11/4, 11/5
Mohamed Elshorbagy

Simon Rosner 
13/11, 12/10 (30m)
Gregory Gaultier      

Mohamed Elshorbagy
11/9, 11/7 (32m)
James Willstrop

Mohamed Elshorbagy
3-2: 9-11, 11-7, 11-6,
4-11, 11-3 [94 mins]
Nick Matthew

Nick Matthew 
11/8, 11/9 (36m)
Borja Golan                  

Ashour Wins Second World Series Finals Title


Egyptian World No.3 Ramy Ashour claimed his second Power Courts World Series Finals crown after emerging a 3-1 victor in an electrifying final against compatriot Mohamed Elshorbagy in 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 Club.

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 event," said Ashour.

"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 were before."

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 said.

"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 have won."

All-Egyptian 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 tomorrow.
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.
Im really happy to win today, said Elshorbagy. Thats the second time in a row I have beaten him 3-2 and today it was a very tough battle.
I was really pleased with how I started in the fifth game and I think I broke him down mentally.
There were some scrappy moments in the match but its an individual sport so things are bound to happen on court. Were 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 Im really happy that weve been able to make it an all-Egyptian final, he said.
Its 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 were both such attacking players.
I 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.
I think when I can beat Greg in three straight games in the form he has been in recently then I can say that Im almost back at my full potential, said Ashour.
Ive recently come back from injury and its still in the back of my head but I way happy and glad to play the way I did today.
The 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.

World's Top 4 Progress In World Series Finals


French World No.2 Gregory Gaultier and Egypt's World No.3 Ramy Ashour are 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 Open.

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, Virginia tomorrow.

Ashour booked his place in the semi-finals following an impressive 20-minute demolition of compatriotTarek Momen in the final day of round robin action which also saw World No.1 Nick Matthew and World No.4 Mohamed Elshorbagy progress 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 Ashour.

"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 show tomorrow."

After losing a dramatic match against compatriot Tarek Momen yesterday, Elshorbagy rebounded in impressive fashion to beat English World No.5 James Willstrop 2-0 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 Elshorbagy.

"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) at 6am and 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."