Manchester Worlds         

EGYPTIAN PHOTOS                   VIDEOS


[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2 [6] Marwan ElShorbagy
11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 (71m)

It feels great, itís a dream come true.

At 11-9 on the fourth it was a huge blow, then I was down in the fifth and I had to fight and fight, he gave it everything. I remember the 2012 match with Ramy, I know how he felt now. There was so much pressure on me, like Ramy in 2012, and in these matches you just want to win the last point.

Yesterday, when my brother won the match, I celebrated at first, but then, a few minutes later, I was in a shock.

I was quiet in bed for hours, thinking oh my God, I actually got to beat my brother to win the world championship. It truly hit me, and I was quiet all morning. It was not a nice feeling at all.

You know, when you know that the person who can stop the other person from winning the championship is either one of us... It was so hard to have such a feeling.

That title, I waited for a lot of years to win it. To have that match against my brother, to live a moment like that, to share such a moment both of us is such a special feeling. An moments like this we are going to remember all our lives.

We really appreciate these moments, I think both of us are giving something different and unique to the sport, something everybody is going to enjoy, something that both of us will not enjoy.

This is only the beginning of a long list of great battles to come for us.

It's great to make our family proud of us. It's a moment we trained for, and hope it would happen one day, we just didn't expect it to happen on his championship!

What a place for it to happen as well, we both live in England, we've both been living here for the past 10, 12 years. This country has been giving us so much. we came here as 15 years olds, with a scholarship from Millfield school, then we went to the  University of West of England, so to play the final in the country where we live you know, it's a dream come true for both of us. It's a perfect place for us to play a match like that.

We are extremely grateful to this country because it's given us so much and we look forward to keep on living here because that's where we feel comfortable training and for sure, we are going to keep on living here for a long time.

Marwan played well... He hasn't been a nice young brother for quite a while now!!! He beat me already twice this year!!! And he tried to take that world champs from me as well!!!!!! Not very happy with him at all.

He has been playing very well this week, he kept playing better and better, I think Nick Matthew described him perfectly when he said he was the most underrated player inside the top 10 and he is the one of the most dangerous players outside the top ten...

And I know he is going to get to world number 1, after I retire hopefully.

At the end we congratulated each other. It was my time today, with this title you have to be patient and it will come for him.

A few thanks: I want to thank Millfield School to give me the opportunity to come to England. I have been training under the mentoring of Jonah Barrington for 10 years, and his head coach Ian Thomas. Also I want to thank Joey Barrington as he is the main reason I moved to England. And when I was 15, he was in the top 30, and the amount of tough matches we played as practice really got me strong already as a kid. I never thanked him, but he is the reason why I got very strongly very quickly.

I want to thank the Team in Bristol, the University of West of England Team, all of it. Also the person who completely changed my game and made me come back mentally in the game, David Palmer. He did so well managing my game to come back on win this title. The work he made me do is the reason I won the title for sure.

And at last but not least, this title shouldn't be mine. It belongs to two people who actually won it. My Parents.

I've won everything in the sport now, but I still have much more to achieve and more titles to win.

Runner up this year at the World Championship, disappointed not to win but will come back stronger next year to try and win it. Congratulations to my brother for being world champion, Iím so proud of you!

Thanks to my team Hadrian Stiff, Haitham Effat and Ian Thomas for all the hard work! and massive thanks to everyone for the support all week, means a lot.

[2] Raneem El Welily 3-1 [1] Nour El Sherbini 3-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-5 (43m)

Please bear with me, it's not easy for me to make after matches speeches...

I'm really really happy to be holding this trophy today. It's been a great week for me, and I hope I can carry that form through the last part of the season.

She was under more pressure than me today. I felt so different today compared to the last World Championship final. That one was a nightmare, today I was so much more relaxed.

So much has changed since 2014. The game has changed, I have changed, the sport is different from then. We're all adapting and improving. I hope I can keep the same attitude for the remainder of the season. From this moment to the next event I don't know what will happen, but I know I don't want to stop with just this one success.

You know squash is an individual sport, but people always forget that us, players, have an entire team behind us,who deserve to be holding the trophy just as much as we do.

I would like to take this chance to congratulate my coaches.

My squash coach Haitham Effat, who's literally behind the squash player you see in me today. For 8 years now he's been taking care of my every squash move.I wouldn't be the player I am today if it weren't for him.

And my fitness coach Ahmed Faragallah, who I started working with since 2008, who's always helped me improve not just physically but also mentally through thousands of talks.

Together they helped me grow & taught me to fight back time & time again after every fall.They deserve all credit and recognition today.

It is absolutely fantastic to have had Tarek in my corner over the years but nothing will ever be compared to having him in my corner yesterday. & as I said in my speech I'm sure that the day will come where he will be holding this trophy too.

To my Mom & Dad my role models thank you so much for everything you've done for me over the years, you've given me everything I could have ever needed

My brother who was there with me all week representing the entire family, no words will ever be enough

Huge thank you to my entire family, the Welily's, Mansi's and of course Momen's. To my close friends thank you for a lifetime of support

A huge plus having Karim Darwish, Wadi Degla Sports Director, here to support us all week.

Also Egyptian National Squash Consultant, Amr Shabana, for all his great advice, what a difference they make

Thank you to my physio therapist Mohamed Amin & Dura Clinic for taking care of my body. Thank you to Dr. Hany Wahba my nutritionist

Congratulations to Nour, the beautiful soul in and out & to Marwan El Shorbagy on a great tournament & to Mohamed El Shorbagy of course, we've talked to each other alot in the past after the big losses for support & if there's anyone other than Tarek that I would have liked to be holding the trophy with this time, it would've been him

To my big family in Wadi Degla Squash thank you so much for always making our club feel like home & for the big welcoming celebrations


[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-2 [8] Nour El Tayeb  11-2, 8-11, 10-12, 11-5, 11-0 (63m)
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-0 [3] Camille Serme (Fra) 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (39m)

[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-0 [1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)  12-10, 11-4, 11-9 (52m)
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-2 [4] Ali Farag       11-8, 4-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 (75m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-2 [8] Nour El Tayeb  11-2, 8-11, 10-12, 11-5, 11-0 (63m)

It's been a very tough game, Nour is really playing so well this season, she won the US Open, she is beaten so many top players.

We've been playing for more than 1O years, we are really good friends, so it's really hard so it's hard to play somebody that close, we are training a lot together, travelling everywhere in the world together.

I just wanted to keep pushing, I just didn't want to let it go, so I kept fighting until the end. Last game, it might have looked easy but if she won one single point, she was going to come back, so I had to make sure I kept pushing till the end. Of course, not her best last game but for me, it was!

My team gave me the right support and the right tactic, they just kept motivating me and pushing me, from the first game. It was very important to take the lead, it was more I think about supporting me than a tactic probably! They did a good job in that fifth as I was really fired up and wanting to take that last game from the first point to the last.

[2] Raneem El Welily 3-0 [3] Camille Serme (Fra) 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (39m)

Happy to be through today. It's never easy against Camille, we speak a lot about the world open together, her and I, I know how much she wanted it, I hate to be the one to take her out of it, but that's the sport.

I have been wanting  that title so mucn so badly in the past, it didn't work out, so no pressure this time, I'm just trying to enjoy every second of it.

Nour had an incredible match today against Nour El Tayeb, who has played a really fantastic match, Nour El Tayeb and I train with the same coach, Haitham Effat, who'll be very proud to have both of us in the semis of this great event, congratulations to him!

I'm just looking forward to another battle tomorrow with Nour, I'm sure it's not going to be easy, I'm sure we'll both do our best, hopefully it's going to be a good match.

[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-0 [1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)  12-10, 11-4, 11-9 (52m)

Greg is 34 years old, and I'm 26 and that's the 22nd time we've played on the Tour, that shows as great he is as a player and what he achieved. I hope that at 34, I can play half the way he is playing. But at that age, I'll probably be on crutches, back at home, unable to be on court! So he is not doing too badly being world number 1!

Of course, we are always play tough matches together. Again today, like with Ramy, like with Nick the first game was very crucial like it is with any of those top class players: it's a huge boost for you for the rest of the match. Maybe I played those crucial points at the end of the first game a bit better...

It was tough all the way through even in the second, when I had the lead, I didn't want to lose focus because we saw what happened in the third, the second I lost a bit of focus in the third, he was back in a flash.

Really happy to win in three and looking forward to be back here tomorrow.

When Nour and Ali Farag won the US Open together, they gave something unique to our sport, it was very good for the sport, and I think my brother and I give also something unique to the sport, having two brothers in the final, who knows, maybe we'll have an all Shorbagy final!

It's going to be a tough match with Ali, both in their first semi final of the Worlds, so it's a difference for both of them, I hope that my brother wins, but not in 3, for sure!!!

[6] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-2 [4] Ali Farag     11-8, 4-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 (75m)

It feels amazing, but I don't know what to say.

This is for our family, just two brothers in the final, it's never been done before I think, we are so close to each other, we are so proud to do this. It's a dream for me, for both of us, these is the kind of things you visualise when you are young, and it's now a dream come true.

I just want credit to Ali, he has had a fantastic season... It was such a close match, I cannot remember any point, the only thing I can remember is that I was chatting too much with John [Masserally, the ref]...

Just to have my mum here, watching, this is for her, of course, she is always there, always suporting us..

At the moment, Egypt has a lot of players in the top ten, and our country is having the best time ever in squash: two all-Egyptian finals tomorrow, it's incredible, it's amazing.

I want to thank Adrian Stiff, always been there, always supporting me, and my coach in Egypt, Haitham, my coach Ian Thomas who is watching me every single day, for his wife as well, who has been so supportive of me.

Now, I've got a big match tomorrow, sorry brother, but I'm going to have the best recovery ever to try and beat you tomorrow.


[1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 3-0 [8] Paul Coll (Nzl)          11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (44m)
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-0 [5] Nick Matthew (Eng)    11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6 (53m)
[4] Ali Farag 3-1 Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)      5-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 (52m)
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-1 [2] Karim Abdel Gawad     11-8, 11-5, 11-9 (42m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 [5] Nouran Gohar                  11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (30m)
[8] Nour El Tayeb 3-0 [16] Tesni Evans (WAL)            11-9, 11-7, 11-9 (40m)
[3] Camille Serme (Fra) 3-0 [9] Joelle King (Nzl)        11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (29m)
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-1 [6] Nicol David (Mas)  11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 (42m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 [5] Nouran Gohar            11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (30m)

I think it is very hard to play against someone that you are so used to playing against.

You know she makes a plan based on the last match. It's hard to play players so close together because it makes it hard to change game plans. I try to mix the pace with her a lot.

Itís always like a game of chess. You always try to change your tactics and mix it up and guess what they're thinking.

Thereís no pressure on me. I'm approaching it like a normal tournament Ė just like any others and enjoy my squash match by match. If I think about it then it becomes pressure, so I just try not to think about it.

[8] Nour El Tayeb 3-0 [16] Tesni Evans (Wal)      11-9, 11-7, 11-9 (47m)

I knew it was going to be a hard game because Tesni just beat Laura Massaro, and very very few players are able to beat Laura Massaro, so I was 100% sure she was on top form.

We played twice this year, and it was one all so I knew coming into this match it was going to be a big battle and I'm very happy to be through.

Tesni is one of the nicest and fairest players out there, I didn't feel it was edgy between us, I hope she didn't as well, thanks to the video ref on the last call, you made it easier.

It's my first semi-finals of the world champs, so I'll have to let that thought sink in first, and then I'll be able to think about my match against Nour, we've been playing for over 10 years now.

She is an amazing player, she is world number one, I hope it's going to be a very good match, and who ever wins wins!


[2] Raneem El Welily 3-1 [6] Nicol David (Mas)  11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 (42m)

I'm really happy to be through today, you know that Nicol is always willing to put up a fight, especially in the world Champs. I think it's her favourite title by far, she's won it 8 times, and you always know she always wants it for a 9th time.

So I knew it was not going to be easy, in the second, she came back firing at everything, I just had to regroup and push back.

I have a lot of people in my corner, but that's mostly for support, I have my fitness coach, my brother Tameem, Tarek of course, Karim Darwish the head of Wadi Degla Sports, but my coach, Haitham Effat is not here, so I was with him on the phone.

Looking forward to my semi against Camille, we played so many times, and last year at the worlds, we played in the semis as well. It was really close.

She is obviously in top form, beating Joelle 3/0 who is also in top form, so she must be on fire!

[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-1 [5] Nick Matthew (Eng) 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6 (53m)

I was playing of the greatest of the game, whatever day it is, he is going to step it up every time we play, and I always step it up against him. He certainly gave it a huge push when he was 2/0 I didn't expect anything less from him.

I think we played a great quality squash today, we played in good spirit, and it was the high quality match I was expecting.

It's always been a great rivalry between us, and an interesting one. There is 11 years difference between us, and I'll remember that rivalry for the rest of my career, and for the rest of my life.

If somebody wanted to give me a tough draw for this event he wouldn't have done any better than that! I get to play Ramy, then Nick, then Greg! You normally don't get that in the same tournament.

You know, once I saw the draw, I kept a positive attitude and told myself why not, it's a challenge, I live for this kind of challenges, and why not try and go all the way? If I win here, with that draw, nobody will be able to say I was lucky!!!

I'm going to try and go all the way here, it's not going to be easy, but you know, I believe in myself, I believe in my mental strength and my squash, and I believe that I can try and do this. So I'll go back and recover, and come back.

Every match is another tournament in itself. It's still a long way to go, and I can't wait to be back here in the semis.

I felt I played really well tonight. I came up against somebody who is just  at the absolute pick of his powers, pick of his game.

I started out the first few points really in the zone, there was probably just a patch in each game where he just got on top of me with his physicality, and I was pushing so hard. There were maybe three or four rallies in each game where he got on top and it's hard to come back from that.

I managed to get a good start in the third, I didn't want to get down without a fight, the crowd here was absolutely fantastic, half way through that second game where he was on top, I was thinking oh no that's not good for everyone... least of all me!

I'm proud the way I fought back, I tried to commit to what I was doing... I remember this crowd in 2013, in the final, they really kneel me on, so I wanted to give them something to cheer about tonight.

Probably the biggest testament to Mohamed is it takes a pretty decent performance to beat me in Manchester, I've got a pretty decent record here. The worlds, British Open, British Grand Prix, a couple of Nationals, I play my best squash in Manchester, and I've got so many people to thank for that, 2013 probably my best memory here.

It was my minimum of this week to arrive here, to this venue, it feels special, I wanted to at least do that, disappointed to lose in the quarters obviously, but proud of my performance. If I keep playing like that, maybe I can seek another Nationals or another title, Commonwealth Games is a realistic target, why not.

Still six more months where I can push my body, mind you, there were times on that second game I was close to retiring on the spot, because he was moving me around, but at least I got that third, I'll end my tournament with good memories of how I pulled back, I can take that.

[4] Ali Farag 3-1 Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)      5-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 (52m)

I wouldn't say I go through safely! Miguel started off firing in the first, he was much more aggressive than I was in the back corners, he was consistently in front of me, and he was dominating the T area for the whole first game.

But thankfully, I have not only Nour in my corner obviously, but also Karim Darwish, former number one, from Wadi Degla Clubs, he's been there, he knows what to say at the right time, as well as Nour, so they told me, after I said I was a bit nervous, you don't have to be aggressive and go for shots at the front of the court, just be aggressive at the back of the court, and that's what I did in the second.

It was toe to toe all the second game through, and after I won that one I think I gained a bit of confidence, and unfortunately for him he didn't have as much left in the tank because he had some brutal matches in the first round.

All credit to him, he never made it easy, till the very last minute, I was 10/2 match ball, and a few seconds later, it was 6/10! I tried not to think about it, thankfully that boast did go through, cause I didn't know how I was going to win that one!!!

My preference between Marwan or Karim? Neither of them. They are both unbelievable players, they are both roughly the same age than I, Marwan is a year younger, and Karim a year older, I have been playing with both of them since the juniors, it keeps going back and forth between the three of us. So I hope they have a great night tonight, and whoever wins, I'm looking forward to that match tomorrow.

Very happy to be in the semis for the first time, along with my wife, not sure that ever happened before...? But hopefully, we are not going to stop there, and keep proceeding...

[6] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-1 [2] Karim Abdel Gawad        11-8, 11-5, 11-9 (42m)

I'm so happy, I can't even describe how happy I am right now. It's my first semi final in the World Champs, it's the most important tournament of the year. This is what we train for, I'm happy with my performance today.

Karim had an injury break I'm not sure what was going on, but whatever it is, I hope it's not too serious.

I had to keep my focus, I lost a bit my concentration in the third game, and he came back very well. I'm happy, I'm focusing on my game, I have a big match tomorrow coming up against Ali, so I'm just going to give it my best.

Recovery is really important right now, a few stretches, a massage, and hopefully I'll get a good sleep. I'll need to be mentally ready for tomorrow.

Men Third Round, Women Second Round

[2] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 Saurav Ghosal    12-14, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (59m)
[4] Ali Farag
3-0 Cameron Pilley (Aus)                    11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (32m)
Miguel Rodriguez (Col) 3-2 [7] Tarek Momen    11-5, 8-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-1 (69m)
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-0 Lucas Serme (Fra)      12-10, 11-5, 11-8 (46m)
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy
3-0 [10] Ramy Ashour     14-12, 11-7, 11-4 (51m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini
3-0 [Q] Satomi Watanabe (Jpn)  11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (23m)
[5] Nouran Gohar 3-1 [10] Alison Waters       12-10, 8-11, 11-2, 11-8 (50m)
[8] Nour El Tayeb 3-2 Salma Hany          6-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5 (53m) 
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-1 [15] Victoria Lust (Eng)  11-5, 15-13, 11-13, 11-5 (42m)

[5] Nouran Gohar 3-1 [10] Alison Waters       12-10, 8-11, 11-2, 11-8 (50m)

It was a very, very tough match. Alison is very experienced, and I have so much respect for her. We have the same type of game, as we like to hit the ball hard and put pace on it Ė so there were lots of long rallies.

After two close games, I wasnít quite consistent in the middle of the match. You canít afford to play anything loose against Nouran, as sheíll put it away.

But Iíve really enjoyed playing in front of a home crowd. Hopefully Iíll come back next year and put a good show on.

[8] Nour El Tayeb 3-2 Salma Hany          6-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5 (53m)

It felt very scrappy at times and I felt that she was in control for most of the match. I just had to fight, I wasnít finding my shots and I will have to go back and look at it for the quarter-finals.

When I was 2-1 down, I thought ĎI donít want to leaveí and I kept telling myself that Iíll regret this once I go back home. I had to push myself, I wasnít finding my rhythm, but I had to tell myself to give it one last shot.

I tried to focus and fight for every point and I think it worked.

[2] Raneem El Welily 3-1 [15] Victoria Lust (Eng)  11-5, 15-13, 11-13, 11-5 (42m)

PSA reports

El Welily eased to an 11-5, 15-13, 11-13, 11-5 victory in 42 minutes, setting up a last-eight showdown with Nicol David in a repeat of the 2014 World Championship final.

It took just seven minutes for the tournamentís second seed to dispatch her English opponent in the opening game, frustrating Luton-born Lust with several cleverly crafted low shots on the backhand side in particular.

But Lust showed greater resolve in the second as she grew more acclimatised to the match and pushed El Welily to a tie-break. However, she squandered several match balls to allow the Egyptian shot-making sensation back into the game, and El Welily made no mistake to double her lead.

Lust again squandered three game balls at 10-8 and 10-9 and 11-10 in the third but, when El Welily slipped in the corner, the English seed pounced to set the match alive at 2-1.

But El Welily upped the tempo when the pair returned to the court for the fourth, racing into a 5-0 lead with her several of her trademark volleys and she proved too strong for Lust, whose championship came to an end when she tinned the final point.

Vicky has improved a lot since I last played her, but I think it was a good, fair match. I enjoyed it and am happy to be through to the quarters.

ďI donít think Nicol and I have played each other in a while. Nicol is a legend of squash and it will be an exciting match. Itís never going to be easy but I hope itís a match people will enjoy.

[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-0 [10] Ramy Ashour     14-12, 11-7, 11-4 (51m)

The first game was very important for both of us and that's the best game I have played the whole season. And the reason for that is that I had to play the best player in the world on his day.

Ramy is one of the greatest player that ever played this game. He changed our sport and because of him, I always wanted to get better, always tried and improved my weaknesses. It was a great match and I'm just happy to get through.

I failed last season big time, there are no excuses for that. But all the players, all the athletes can fail at some point in their career. It's all about turning that failure into success. It's not easy. I had to go back and think for myself what I wanted to achieve, what I wanted from this sport. And when I thought back about my career, I realised I hadn't achieved yet what I wanted to achieve. So there was no reason for me to lose my hunger or motivation.

So I trained really really hard this summer to achieve what I want to achieve, to go back to the person I used to be. To be back and to be playing those kind of stages... You know my brother told me before the match today, "there are not many athletes who can say that they have been part of matches the whole world was waiting for.

That's something Ramy and myself are giving to our sport. Every time we play each other, everybody is waiting for the match. And every time I'm on court with him, I feel blessed I'm living moments like that in my career.

To be living it one more time is the kind of tales I'll be telling my kids one day...

[4] Ali Farag 3-0 Cameron Pilley (Aus)   11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (32m)

The score doesn't do the match justice. It's never easy against Cameron. I've always said he is one of the guys that hits the ball the cleanest on court. It's never easy to get him off balance. Maybe today was not his best, I was a bit lucky to be playing better on the day and I'm just very happy to be through.

I think I was very consistent, I didn't give away any cheap point, any errors, I tried to stay aggressive the whole match obviously you can't do it all the time against such a player: he was controlling the T at some point, but you've got to accept that and keep going through.

Nick Matthew said yesterday - which was very intriguing for me, so I'm trying to approach the event the same way -that he divides this tournament in two, two different weeks, one in the National Centre, you try to get through this, and then when you go to Manchester Centre, if you get there, that's another tournament. I'm learning from the best, I'm very happy to achieve the first task, Nick won it in 2013 there so hopefully, it's going to pay me the same way...

[6] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-0 Lucas Serme (Fra)   12-10, 11-5, 11-8 (46m)

Lucas is a great player and heís been playing very well recently. Earlier in the year he beat me in Canary Wharf, so I expected a really tough match. I think if he keeps improving he will be in the top twenty very soon.

This is my first time reaching the quarter-finals in the World Championships, so this achievement pleases me.

I made a few mistakes today and I need to work on that with my coach so that Iím mentally prepared for my next game.

Itís exciting for me because thereís no pressure and Iím just here to enjoy it.Ē

[2] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 Saurav Ghosal    12-14, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (59m)

I think we were trying to play like Shorbagy and Ramy in their first game yesterday, but still, we couldn't beat the record.

After that very long first game, we were both really tired, and the momentum was with him a bit as he won the first game, and I was really disappointed with that loss.

4/0 in the second, against a player like Saurav,  you cannot afford to lose cheap points, he is very quick on court, very very talented, and I always enjoy playing him...

Today was a really tough match, I had to push until the end, even when I was 10/6 match ball I knew that he could come back easily with his awesome winners...

Last year, I didn't have any pressure, I played my best squash in the Worlds and in Qatar, but this year, I come here with a little bit of pressure, as the defending champion. So I'm trying to forget about the stage we are in, quarters, semis, and I try and just play like it's the first round of the event, and hopefully, I can defend my title...

Men's Round Two

[10] Ramy Ashour
3-0 Omar Mosaad                       11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (41m)
Cameron Pilley (Aus) 3-0 Karim Ali Fathi                   11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (48m)
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-0 Joel Makin (Wal)       115-13, 11-5, 11-7 (49m)
Miguel Rodriguez (Col) 3-2[12] Mohamed Abouelghar  8-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5 (70m)
[7] Tarek Momen 3-0 Zahed Mohamed                       11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (32m)
[4] Ali Farag 3-0 [Q] Youssef Soliman                        11-8, 11-2, 11-6 (28m)
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-1 Chris Simpson (Eng) 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 (44m)
[2] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 Alan Clyne (Sco)    12-10, 8-11, 11-2, 11-3 (47m)

Women's Round One

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 Donna Urquhart (Aus)         11-8, 11-5, 11-3 (24m)
[10] Alison Waters (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Yathreb Adel        11-3, 11-4, 11-9 (29m)
[5] Nouran Gohar 3-0 Mariam Metwally                   11-4, 11-5, 11-9 (25m)
[8] Nour El Tayeb 3-0 Joey Chan (Hkg)                   11-3, 11-7, 11-5 (24m)
Salma Hany 3-1[14] Joshna Chinappa (Ind)    11-9, 11-13, 11-5, 11-9 (44m)
[16] Tesni Evans (Wal) 3-1 [Q] Nadine Shahin  9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (38m)
[3] Camille Serme (Fra) 3-0 [Q] Zeina Mickawy        11-3, 11-7, 11-8 (28m)
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-0 [Q] Rowan Elaraby            11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (23m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 Donna Urquhart (Aus)         11-8, 11-5, 11-3 (24m)

The Egyptian World No.1 looked in full force at the start of the match as she found her length and range quickly. However, as the match wore on Urquhart Ė fresh from her victory at the Monte Carlo Squash Classic last week Ė found her way back into the first game to level the scores at 5-5 but the Egyptian managed to regain control to take the first game 11-8.

Great squash continued to flow between the pair with an epic rally coming to a close in game two as Uruqhart continued to make El Sherbini work for a place in the next round, with the 22-year-old taking the second game by an 11-5 scoreline to double her advantage.

However, the Egyptian produced a masterclass in the third to ensure she came off in straight games and move safely into the next round and take another step in defending her crown as she aims for a third successive World Championship title.

We just played in Hong Kong second round. It is quite hard to play someone twice in the same month because you need to change your plan. Iím sure she was coming knowing what I was going to do and I knew what she was going to do, so itís hard to change your game plan but Iím really happy with the way I played.

The last two games, I felt I was getting better game by game and Iím just happy to be through in three. Winning in three lets you save some energy. Iím feeling good and looking forward to this week and hopefully it will be a good tournament.

Iím just trying to focus on my game and my squash more and not put any pressure on myself and try to enjoy the game. Iím going to do my best and whatever happens itís not the end of the world.

[10] Alison Waters (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Yathreb Adel        11-3, 11-4, 11-9 (29m)

Iím really pleased with my performance, to win in three is really good in the first round. I knew that Yathreb had a tough match yesterday in qualifying, winning 3-2, so I made it tough from the start, and had some long rallies. I think physically she was feeling a bit tired. The third was pretty close, I won it 11-9.

I'm looking forward to tomorrowís match with Gohar on the glass court. Iíve played her a few times and sheís got the better of me in the last few matches, but weíve got the home crowd here and Iím playing well today, so I'm really looking forward to it.

[3] Camille Serme (Fra) 3-0 [Q] Zeina Mickawy        11-3, 11-7, 11-8 (28m)

It wasnít easy. She has just made the final in Monaco, so I knew it could be tricky. I saw her play in Monaco against Coline [Aumard] in the first round, so I kind of expected what she was going to do on court.

Iím very happy to be through in three, the last one was close and I didnít want to let it go.

ďWith my staff we have been working very hard for this event and we said at the start of the season that this would be the target and that we wanted to be ready and have my best form for this tournament. Iím feeling good and ready and Iím really happy to be here. When Iím happy and just focus on every match then hopefully that means I can go far.

I have played Olivia before and she has been improving a lot. She is fit and Iím looking forward to a good battle.

[2] Raneem El Welily 3-0 [Q] Rowan Elaraby            11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (23m)

Rowan is a tough up-and-coming opponent so its good to be through.

ďIím trying to enjoy the atmosphere and take it all in.  Itís a big positive to be through in three games because on Wednesday Iím playing Victoria Lust, who played five games today.

[10] Ramy Ashour 3-0 Omar Mosaad                       11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (41m)

Itís not good to play people who are your friends on tour and that you are close to. As Egyptians we are close and we train together so there is a matter of respect and decency on court because we are together all the time. I thought he played well and I thought I played well so it was a good match.

Back home we all train together, itís like one family but obviously when you come here, everyone has to be selfish and everyone wants to win so itís kind of confusing. But you have to be professional about it because everyone is fighting for their life. Every single person is thinking about being the World Champion so it makes it quite an event.

Every round for me in the World Championships is a dream for me to win and Iím just going to give it 100%.

[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy v Joel Makin (Wal)           115-13, 11-5, 11-7 (49m)

It was a tough match as he fought hard. Itís a long tournament and youíre not going to feel at your best every single day, but its more important that for those difficult days you find a way to win and thatís what I did.

Matches like this sharpen you up and it was important for me to get a hard match before I play a big match against Ramy.

Ramy and I are both athletes and we both want to win.

Mohamed Elshorbagy

[4] Ali Farag 3-0 [Q] Youssef Soliman                        11-8, 11-2, 11-6 (28m)

Iím quite happy with the way I played today.

In the first game, I was still testing my way out there and I think I started hitting my targets better in the second and third games. Itís never easy playing such a good friend. Heís more than a friend to me, we play with each other almost every day in Egypt. Iím happy to get a 3-0 win.

Next up is Cameron Pilley, whoís another tough opponent. Weíve only played once on the PSA World Tour, it was back in April, and he strikes the ball very well, I admire the way he plays. Iím looking forward to a good match together.

Men's Round One:

[10] Ramy Ashour
 3-0 [wc] Joshua Masters (Eng)    11-7, 11-3, 11-9 (39m)
Omar Mosaad 3-0 [Q] Karim El Hammamy                11-4, 11-5, 11-7 (46m)    
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-0 Mazen Hesham          11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (36m)
[Q] Youssef Soliman 3-2  Mohamed Reda  11-5, 4-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-7 (67m)
Karim Ali Fathi 3-0[Q] Baptiste Masotti (Fra)           11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (39m)
[12] Mohamed Abouelghar 3-0 Olli Tuominen (Fin)    11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (24m)
[4] Ali Farag 3-0 Adrian Waller (Eng)                       11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (30m)
Zahed Mohamed 3-1 [Q] Rui Soares (Por)         11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8 (38m)
[7] Tarek Momen 3-0 [Q] Eain Yow Ng (Mas)             11-6, 11-3, 11-9 (25m)
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-0 Omar Abdel Meguid          11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (31m)
[2] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-0 Nicolas Mueller (Sui)        13-11, 11-6, 11-5 (29m)

Women's Qualifying Finals

Yathreb Adel
3-2 [1] Hania El Hammamy     11-6, 9-11, 14-12, 7-11, 12-10 (77m)
[4] Nele Gilis (Bel) 3-1  Nada Abbas                       8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (50m)
[7] Nadine Shahin 3-2 Milou VD Heijden (Ned)  5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 (48m)
Zeina Mickawy 3-0 [8] Liu Tsz-Ling (Hkg)                       11-9, 11-3, 12-10 (27m)
Rowan Elaraby 3-2 [3] Mayar Hany              11-4, 7-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8 (47m)



Karim El Hammamy 3-0 [5] Vikram Malhotra (Ind)                 13-11, 11-6, 11-6 (43m)
[11] Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind) 3-1 Mohamed Elsherbini 11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 11-3 (62m)
[2] Youssef Soliman 3-2 Kristian Frost (Den) 7-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-2, 11-4 (88m)

Karim Hammamy, who ousted fourth-seeded American Chris Gordon, was joined by fellow Egyptian Youssef Soliman, the second seed who came from 1-2 down to deny Kristian Frost.

They too were drawn against compatriots, Hammamy meets Omar Mosaad while Soliman meets Mohamed Reda.


[1] Hania El Hammamy 3-0 Rachel Arnold (Mas)             11-6, 11-8, 11-3 (22m)
Yathreb Adel 3-0 Samantha Teran (Mex)                        11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (20m)  
Nada Abbas 3-0 Sarah Cardwell (Aus)                             11-9, 11-2, 11-5 (24m)
[7] Nadine Shahin 3-0 Jasmine Hutton (Eng)           5-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (34m)
Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl) 3-2 Hana Ramadan 11-5, 11-4, 8-11, 10-12, 12-10 (51m)
Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn) 3-2 Menna Hamed     11-9, 6-11, 16-14, 8-11, 11-7 (53m)
Zeina Mickawy 3-1 Julianne Courtice (Eng)              11-4, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 (45m)
Rowan Elaraby 3-0 Nadiia Usenko (Ukr)                          11-2, 11-5, 11-4 (18m)
[3] Mayar Hany 3-0 Alice Green (Eng)                            11-8, 11-5, 11-3 (18m)

Egyptians dominated the women's matches with seven winners - four of whom, Hania El Hammamy & Yathreb Adel plus Mayar Hany & Rowan Elaraby clash in tomorrow's finals.


All the results of the day

Bernat Jaume (Esp) 3-1 [22] Shehab Essam  11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 (60m)
Karim El Hammamy 3-0 Carlos Cornes (Esp   )       11-6, 11-7, 13-11 (68m)
Mohamed Elsherbini 3-0 Bradley Masters (Eng)       11-3, 11-4, 11-9 (28m)
[3] Youssef Soliman 3-0 Stuart McGregor (Eng)       11-5, 11-4, 11-2 (28m)
Baptiste Masotti (Fra) 3-0 [2] Mazen Gamal            11-9, 11-5, 11-4 (36m)

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