The Egyptian squash team imposed itself strongly in the world championships currently being held in Chicago, USA, with its representatives, Ali Farag, Mohamed El-Shorbagy, Nour El-Sherbiny and Nouran Gohar, reaching the final for men and women. Among the men, world number one Farag defeated his compatriot Tariq Moamen, the third and defending champion, 3-2, and Al-Shorbagy defeated New Zealander Paul Cole 3-1.
Farag suffered in front of Moamen and needed 84 minutes to strip him of the title and beat him 10-12, 11-5, 12-10, 5-11, 11-8. As for Al-Shorbagy, he decided the confrontation against Cole, the 2019-2020 runner-up, after four games 11-5, 11-3, 4-11, 11-8 in 50 minutes. Al-Shorbagy ensured that he regained the top spot in the world rankings next August from Farag, who had taken it from him last October. Al-Shorbagy is seeking the second world title in his professional career after the first in 2017, at the expense of his younger brother, Marwan.
Among the women, El Sherbini and Jawhar, ranked first and second in the world, respectively, reached the first match, beating American Amanda Sobhi 3-0, and French Camille Serme with the same result. And it took El-Sherbiny only 25 minutes to get rid of Sobhi’s obstacle 11-3, 11-5, 11-5, while Johar decided her confrontation with Seram in 36 minutes: 11-8, 11-4, 11-3.
This is the fifth year in a row that the women’s final will be an all-Egyptian, and El-Sherbiny made history by becoming the first woman to reach the final of the World Championship six times in a row. The 25-year-old aims to become the third woman to win the world title on five occasions (2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020), after Malaysia’s Nicole David (8 times in 8 finals) and Australia’s Sarah Fitz-Gerald.
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