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FINALS

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2 [4] Simon RŲsner (Ger) 8-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4 (73m)
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-0 [1] Nour El Sherbini         11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (33m)

Last year I made it to the final and couldnít quite make it to the end

Iím very glad that I managed to make it one further this time. The U.S. Open has been one of the titles that I have always loved and a title that I have wanted to win for a long time now. Itís definitely a special moment for me.

Itís definitely a special moment for me. Nour has had a great week and has played really well and I look forward to many more matches this season. Iím sure she will come back fighting and they will be good battles.

Hopefully I can get back to World No.1, itís my dream and I will continue to fight for it.

Woke up this morning to the shocking sad news of the passing away of Coach Ossama Saleh a very very dear person to my heart who's helped me a lot in the past with my squash and who's always been there for me.
May your soul rest in peace coach.
This one is for you Oss ❤

Many thanks to everyone for your support through out the whole week and for all the messages, it's been great.

Always a top event here in Philly!! I'd like to thank US Squash, FS Investemnts, Drexel University, the PSA and all the sponsors for making this event happen the way it did.

Also a huge thank you for Joe Zarett's Rehab & Fitness for taking care of me for the past 5 years when in Philadelphia. And also for Shonagh-Spratt Murphy from PSA.

Having Tarek and my mom stay till the end was really special. Thank you for my entire family and to my friends for staying up late back home to watch the matches

Special note to to my squash Coach Haitham Effat, even being out for 5 months now due to your surgery, your discipline and dedication are higher than ever, even your left hand agrees with you. And to my fitness Coach Ahmed Faragallah, your presence here these past two weeks made a huge difference so thank you to both of you.

Congratulations to the entire team, to my brother and manager Tameem El Welily, to my physio Dr. Mohamed Amin, my nutritionist Dr. Hany wahba and to Business focus.

I need to give credit to RŲsner, he played amazing throughout the whole week.

Iím pleased we had a fair battle. Iím pleased to win my third U.S. Open title, I lost last year and I was a bit disappointed, but I lost to the better player and had no regrets.

This year, I wanted to come and try and do one match better and luckily I was able to do that and it came together this week.

SEMIS

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-1 [8] Paul Coll (Nzl)  7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 (78m)
[4] Simon RŲsner (Ger) 3-1 [2] Ali Farag            4-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 (54m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-1 [5] Camille Serme (Fra) 10-12, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 (62m)
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-1 [12] Tesni Evans (Wal) 12-14, 11-7, 14-12, 13-11 (64m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-1 [5] Camille Serme (Fra) 10-12, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 (62m)

Itís always tough to play against Camille.

Sheís a very fair player and itís always hard to beat her. She is back to No.4 in the world and that shows how good and how tough she is. Iím really glad I won today. It was long rallies and all the games were close so Iím really happy to be through to the final.

It would mean a lot, the U.S. Open is one of the biggest tournaments and I would really love to put my name on the trophy. Itís the third final for me and hopefully it is going to be the one.

Tesni has been playing so good this week and has beaten a lot of top players. Raneem is the most consistent player on Tour right now and Iím sure it will be a good match.

[2] Raneem El Welily 3-1 [12] Tesni Evans (Wal) 12-14, 11-7, 14-12, 13-11 (64m)

Tesni played really well and all credit to her for pushing me all the way and fighting. She has had an impressive week and is going to fight all this season.

I will try to think of everything positive for tomorrow. Itís definitely more difficult playing against Nour, she is a very good friend and we play against each other a lot. Playing any Egyptian girl is usually more difficult mentally.

Winning the U.S. title is definitely something I would love to do but itís not going to be easy. No match is easy, so definitely playing the World No.1 is not going to be any easier.

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-1 [8] Paul Coll (Nzl)  7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 (78m)

I reached my fourth U.S. Open final in the last five years.

Being the best in any sport there is a lot that goes into it behind the scenes. Things can happen that literally take you out of your focus before the match.

Iíve been out focus wise for a game and a half and to bet he best you have to play through it and find a way to win. Iím just happy I pulled through and you have to give performances that shut everything out. Iím happy with the way I dealt with that and Iím really happy to be back in the final.

I have great memories here, this is the tournament that got me to World No.1 four years ago and I come back here every year having those great memories. Iím really happy to be back in the final, I lost it here last year and I was disappointed, but I lost because my opponent was the better player.

I hope I give another good performance tomorrow.

QUARTERS

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-0 Mohamed Abouelghar  11-9, 11-9, 11-4 (46m)        
[8] Paul Coll (Nzl) 3-2 [3] Tarek Momen 6-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 13-11 (96m)
[2] Ali Farag 3-2 [6] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)   6-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 11-2 (74m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 Yathreb Adel          11-3, 11-3, 11-8 (23m)
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-0 [7] Laura Massaro (Eng)   11-7, 11-2, 12-10 (32m)

THIRD ROUND

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-0 Saurav Ghosal (In)  11-5, 16-14, 11-9 (51m)
Mohamed Abouelghar 3-0 [7] Karim Abdel Gawad  11-8, 11-9, 12-10 (43m)
[8] Paul Coll (Nzl) 3-0 Omar Mosaad                    11-6, 11-4, 11-1 (34m)
[3] Tarek Momen 3-1 Declan James (Eng)       5-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (40m)
[6] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 3-1 Zahed Salem  11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-3 (57m)
[2] Ali Farag 3-0 Joel Makin (Wal)                      11-5, 13-11, 11-5 (52m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 [10] Alison Waters (Eng)    11-6, 11-8, 11-8 (31m)
Yathreb Adel 3-2 [15] Salma Hany      12-10, 3-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-9 (58m) 
Amanda Sobhy (Usa) 3-2 [3] Nour El Tayeb 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-6 (51m)
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-0 [14] Olivia Blatchford (Usa)   11-7, 12-10, 11-5 (32m)

Iím absolutely thrilled, I canít even find the words to sum it up. No way did I even think that I would be able to play on the glass court here and to be through to the quarter-finals just means the world to me.

We grew up playing together in all of the junior tournaments. I knew it wasnít going to be easy today and I know how talented she is and when she gets on her shots, no way are you going to get anything back. I just had to stay focused and Iím glad I had my fitness coach here with me for the first time, he kept pushing me throughout the match and telling me to believe in myself.

Iím definitely very happy to be in the quarters again.

Olivia played really well today, and she really pushed me. It was hard to break her game down and it was a challenge today.  She is one of the best players on Tour at the moment, she has a great game and sheís improved a lot, every movement has improved a lot.

It is definitely going to be another tough match, Laura is never easy to play or beat but I hope it is going to be a good match and we will see how it goes.ĒIt was a tricky and tough first round for me.

I had to work hard.

Alison has been playing really well since last season. Last time we played I beat her 3-2 and it wasnít an easy match. I knew today was going to be tough and it wasnít an easy 3-0.

I'm delighted.

You can see how hungry he is, he never gives up on any ball and never gives you any cheap points, which is great to see.

On court with him it is never easy and being 9-2 up in third he still caused me problems. I think the second game was crucial, I think if he had have won that then the dynamics of the match would have changed and I got away with a 3-0 win.

I got off to a good start in the third because the psychology is completely different when you are 2-0 up. I think that was very important, I had a few mistakes so I just thought that if he was going to win that game then he has to earn it rather than me giving away any cheap points. I stuck in there and thankfully it worked.

You put in a lot of work over the summer and itís a bit of a gamble when you come in because you want to know whether it has paid off and apparently I did the right things and hopefully it keeps paying off.

With Saurav itís always a tough match.

Our matches are always very tight and very difficult. He always knows how to move me around the court, so I knew from the first point that I had to be sharp and on my toes and Iím really happy with how I won that crucial second game.

In the third game he made a comeback and Iím just glad that I closed it out in the end.

I was thinking about how long he spent on court yesterday.

Although Iíve fallen into that trap before and have learned my lesson and so I try not to think about what has happened the day before. I try not to think about the condition of the other player and give them their full credit and thatís what I did today.

He took me by surprise in the first game because I didnít think he would play as well as that. He had a good game plan and he sucked me in, so I had to turn it around and up the pace a bit and drag him into my game.

Iím happy I managed to do that and stay consistent until the end of the match.

I had a disappointing second-half last season.

I knew a change had to be made and luckily it has worked out sooner than expected. I would say that was my finest performance today and I had to be at my best to beat someone like Karim.

We have played over 200 times in training and we always go to five-setters but today, I thought forget everything and just adapt to whatever he throws at me and Iím happy it worked out well.

I will just take it one match at a time and hopefully the results will come, I know sometimes I put too much pressure on myself but now I just let the results take care of themselves.

ROUND TWO

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-0 Todd Harrity (Usa)   11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (27m)
Mohamed Abouelghar 3-0 Nathan Lake (Eng)       11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (31m)
[7] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-0 Greg Lobban (Sco)  15-13, 11-8, 11-9 (43m)
Omar Mosaad 3-2 Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)  11-5, 4-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7 (78m)
[3] Tarek Momen 3-0 James Willstrop (Eng)   11-5, 11-9, 11-9 (34m)
Zahed Salem 3-1 Leo Au (Hkg)        12-10, 7-11, 11-5, 11-4 (51m)
[2] Ali Farag 3-0 Nicolas Mueller (Sui)  11-8, 11-7, 11-9 (33m)

[1] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 Joey Chan (Hkg)           11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (24m)
[10] Alison Waters (Eng) 3-0 Zeina Mickawy       11-7, 11-2, 12-10 (32m)
[15] Salma Hany 3-2 Nadine Shahin    5-11, 15-13, 5-11, 11-9, 14-12 (52m)
Yathreb Adel 3-2 [6] Nouran Gohar       15-13, 14-12, 11-13, 6-11, 11-9 (76m)
[5] Camille Serme (Fra) 3-1 Hania El Hammamy  12-14, 11-9, 12-10, 11-9 (57m)
[3] Nour El Tayeb 3-0 Dipika Pallikal Karthik (Ind)          11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (23m)
[12] Tesni Evans (Wal) 3-1 Mariam Metwally       11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 (44m)
[8] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) 3-1 Nada Abbas    9-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 (46m)
[2] Raneem El Welily 3-0 Rachael Grinham (Aus)    11-4, 11-6, 11-3 (20m)

Joey came from 2-0 down yesterday, she is confident and itís very tricky to play her. For me the first match of the tournament is about trying to get in the mood and get the movement going and Iím really happy to win 3-0 in the end.

My parents are here and they are my support system. They always have my back and they are always there whenever I need them and so Iím really happy to have them here and hopefully it will be a good week for me.

This is one of the biggest tournaments we have on Tour and Iíve tried many times to win it and sometimes lost in the final. Iím going to try this time and hopefully it will be the one.

Itís great to be back Ė I love it here in Philly. I have some good memories here and Iím very happy to be back.

Rachael has definitely been someone to look up to growing up and being on tour with her. She has taught me so much and Iím glad that she is still playing this good. I hope I can play half as good when Iím her age and Iím just happy to be with her on court.

I just hope that me and Tarek do our best and see how far we can go.

ďAt the point where we reached 9-3, I thought I would have to regroup for the next game. But I played a shot, it worked well and then I thought ĎIím not going to give anything awayí and if heís going to win this game then heís going to have to work hard.

I wouldnít want to lose a game because I dropped it and thatís what made the difference. Iíve also been working hard to try and find my short game and in the first two games it was working ok and seemed to be working well.

Iím very happy to have made it through and win it in three. James is a talented and tough player who can put you under a lot of pressure and I definitely didnít want to go to a fourth and fifth game with him.

I really love playing here.

I have played in three finals here and won twice. This is also where I got to World No.1 in 2013 when I won the tournament, so I have good memories here and I really hope that I can keep that momentum going and hopefully I play another good event here.

I am very happy and I am very thrilled to be through today.

It is never easy playing a compatriot. Nouran and I are very good friends and we train a lot together so, I knew it wasnít going to be easy. I just had to focus and keep my momentum going throughout the whole match and I am very pleased to be through.

ROUND ONE

George Parker (Eng) 3-2 Mazen Hesham  8-11, 11-3, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5 (65m)
Max Lee (Hkg) 3-1 Mohamed Reda                11-4, 12-14, 11-8, 11-6 (69m)
Lucas Serme (Fra) 3-0 Karim Ali Fathi                     11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (39m)
Leo Au (Hkg) 3-0 Omar Abdel Meguid                       11-7, 11-5, 11-3 (35m)
Zahed Salem 3-2 Arturo Salazar (Mex)  11-7, 9-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-5 (62m)

Zeina Mickawy 3-1 Rowan Elaraby                 11-7, 5-11, 11-4, 11-3 (38m)
Nadine Shahin 3-1 Haley Mendez (Usa)         14-16, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (41m)
Yathreb Adel 3-0 Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl)       11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (28m)
Hania El Hammamy 3-2 [wc] Reeham Sedky (Usa) 2-11, 1-11, 13-11, 12-10, 11-8 (78m)
Mariam Metwally 3-1 Nikki Todd (Can)           11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-3 (30m)
Nada Abbas 3-2 Nele Gilis (Bel)          3-11, 7-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-7 (61m)

Very happy to be through my first match at one of my favourite tournaments!!#teamhead#Ashaway#sportroehampton#Elhamdelallah

When I saw the draw I knew that it would be really tough and tricky. Rowan is really talented, sheís the World Junior Champion so I knew it was going to be hard.

I didnít have any expectations going into the match, I just tried to play well without any pressure and Iím really happy to get through.

 I had to fight and dig in after every single point. I told myself I'm not going to give up. Haitham Effat, my coach, told me I had to keep fighting, keep running, keep running, and try to forget every point. And that's what I did.

I had played against her at the end of last season, I was 2/0 down, then I came back to 2/2, only to lose! So I said to myself, this time, it's going to be different.

Finally I made it.

Really looking forward to the match with Camille, I love playing against her, I love the way she plays, so, looking forward to it!

 

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