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30th Sep - Final

[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2 [1] Karim Abdel Gawad       11-9, 11-6, 11-3 (45m)

Iím really happy, itís only my first tournament of the season and I think itís the first time in my life that I have won the first tournament.

When I was World No.1 for 28 months, all of the players studied me every single day but, coming into this season, Iím studying everyone. Iím coming in really hungry and I really want to do well this season.

Iíve put in a lot of work this summer and there is nothing in my mind apart from getting back to World No.1 this season. Iím going to do everything I can to get back to where I feel I should be.

29th Sep - Semis

[1] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-2 Diego Elias (Per) 6-11, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 (90m)
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy
3-2 [4] James Willstrop (Eng)
11-2, 11-13, 8-11, 11-6, 14-12 (70m)

After the first game and then being 10-4 up in the second, I donít think many people understand the challenge I had to face after losing that second game.

I was thinking I should have been 2-0 up and then suddenly Iím 2-1 down in the semi-finals against someone like James, it was such a huge challenge for me to stay positive and remove any kind of negative thoughts.

Iím really proud with how I came back, it was never easy, and even in the fifth game, to be 10-8 up and then finding myself 11-10 down after having two match balls, it was challenge after challenge.

James was playing so well today and once he won that second game and got his confidence, he was like a train, there were times when I couldnít stop him. I had to keep fighting and thatís what I do best.

At 10-10 anything can happen and luckily I kept my nerve. Itís only our first battle of the season and Iím sure we will have many more.

Heís really young but heís very experienced and really mature on court.

He had all the crowd on his side and heís very talented. When I was his age I would do a lot of unforced errors and give my opponent too much respect but Diego doesnít do that. Heís already very successful but he will be more successful soon.

Itís always good to play an Egyptian in the final. Me and Mohamed are almost the same age, heís only six months older, and weíve always been competing since we were 7 years old.

Itís very tough playing him and we always have a huge battle. Hopefully weíll have a great match and have enough in the tank for tomorrow.


Mohamed after his victory against James

27th/28th Sep - Quarters

[1] Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 [5] Tarek Momen                    4-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (56m)
[2] Mohamed Elshorbagy 3-0 [7] Daryl Selby (Eng)                   11-5, 13-11, 11-6 (50m)

[1] Laura Massaro (Eng) 3-1 [8] Salma Hany Ibrahim      11-5, 12-14, 11-4, 11-7 (47m)

Itís harder to play one of your best mates and Tarek like a brother to me.

I grew up watching him and I remember him playing one of the other Egyptian guys and I was so impressed and now weíre here playing and competing together. We had been playing at the same club for 10 years, Iíve moved to another club now but we still train together and are very close.

Itís always to tough to play such a physical and gifted opponent.

At the beginning of the match I struggled a little bit.

Playing on the glass court is completely different and I couldnít see the ball. Daryl is very experienced, he took full advantage of that and full credit to him, he was leading in the first two games and I had to work really hard to come back.

We both played a really high quality match in a good spirit like always, it was a good battle. I always stay positive and I felt like I really put some work into his legs in that second game.

Luckily it went my way, I got his game ball back and it was huge for me to be 2-0 up. Itís my first year here and Iím absolutely loving it.

The goal for me this season is to get my World No.1 spot back. I didnít play very well last season and I want to prove to myself that I can still get the wins when I play well.



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