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Final


[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2 [4] Tarek Momen 11-8, 7-11, 12-10 , 9-11, 11-3 (86m)
 

The only thing thatís bothering me is that Iíve been in this position many times. I wish I could go on this court once holding the trophy but for me to get to this stage I have to play against so many great players, so itís hard to get the successive wins.

"But Iím getting there, Iím learning every tournament and Mohamed has been amazing this season. Heís an unbelievable fighter. In the third today, I thought he was down and out, but he managed to claw his way back in somehow, helped by some silly errors from me, and all credit to him, he played really well.

I thought I did my best today and I pushed myself really hard. I had a long tournament, I had a tough match yesterday and I backed it up today, I was fit and I gave it my best.

The crowd here has been impressive from the very first day and the turnout was unbelievable, itís a full house every single time we play and thatís why we love this tournament.

Iím really happy to be back this year and I hope from now on I can come every single time for this tournament.

A few thank yous, I need to thank my coach Haitham Effat, for all the work he's been doing with me, my fitness coach, Samir Hesham El-Degwi, my wife Raneem for her support, my parents, my sister. I really would like to thank my sponsors as well, Harrow Sport for the continuous support, and my new sponsor, CIB Bank of Egypt.

Finally, I would like to thank the sponsors of this tournament, the organising committee and the referees for all the efforts in making this tournament a successful one, and all the best for next year...

This is the best ever match weíve played against each other and what a venue to play that kind of battle in.

The crowd have been supporting us all week, they come to support this event every year, so itís an amazing to play such a high quality match like this with Tarek and the crowd made it more exciting for both of us.

Iím really happy to win this for the first time, Iíve never won this title before and itís a title that has had a lot of great names win it in the past. Iím really glad to put my name on that trophy.

Tarek and myself are actually going to Switzerland in a few days, and if we both win our first round then we get to play each other in the quarters. I hope that we stay away from each other after that because I donít want to play him many more times after this, otherwise weíre both going to retire early in our career.

I want to thank the sponsors of the tournament who have been great every year. Hopefully one day we can have a womenís event at the same time, itís always stronger to have a womenís and menís event at the same time.

Itís always a stronger Tour together and the PSA have been doing a great job and the Tour has been in a great place. Itís been getting better every year and all the players need to thank them.

I hope to be back here next year to defend my title. Weíve been playing some great matches here and Iíve absolutely enjoyed my time here.

One more thing, I just want to thank Tim Garner for all his efforts. He is always making it special for us, he always finds a solution for everything, so thank you and our sport is luck to have somebody like you.

SEMIS

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2 [3] Marwan ElShorbagy 8-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-3, 11-8 (71m) 
[4] Tarek Momen 3-2 [2] Ali Farag                   11-5, 6-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6 (68m)

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2 [3] Marwan ElShorbagy 8-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-3, 11-8 (71m) 


BO3, BO5?? This is the kind of drama we need in our sport. Someone is 2/1 down and wants to come back in the match... This is the kind of battles we live for. And we don't want to make it easy. You can make it more difficult for us, but don't make it easier...

We just played last week and he definitely much played better this week..

Playing someone with the quality of my brother twice in the same week is definitely not easy. After I beat him last week he would have learned so much and he wanted to do things better this time.

I could see from the first point in the first game that he wanted to win badly today, but I had to try and fight. There were times when he was unstoppable and I couldnít really cope with his pace, but I had to keep digging in and hope he made a few errors and I think my experience got me through in the end.

I was talking to David Palmer between the games, we've been trying to get things right this season and itís definitely not easy playing so many matches and so many tournaments. Itís never easy to back up match after match and tournament after tournament, but if you want to try and be the best in the world you donít give yourself excuses.

You just keep pushing and pushing, thatís what all of us do and Iím glad to be in another final.



Tough battle against my older brother.. disappointed not to win at the end but gave it everything. Time for some rest before my next tournament.

on Twitter

[4] Tarek Momen 3-2 [2] Ali Farag                    11-5, 6-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6 (68m)

Two different opponents, James and Ali. Both great players, James gave me a real scare yesterday, he was very close to winning and I was very happy to get through that one.

Today, I just tried to give it my best, as I know Ali is an unbelievable opponent. What he has achieved in less than  three years is remarkable. I have been playing for 12 years, and look where he is at after only three years of experience. I salute him for that.

He is such a tough opponent to break. He is very tough both mentally and physically with some good racquet skills as well, he has the complete package and to beat him is just unbelievable.

We've always played three two matches, in practice and in tournaments, it looks like this is going to be the trend so I'm just happy to get the win today.

It would be incredible for us to bring Olympic Medals for Egypt, it would be quite a story. it would be something we would tell our grandchildren and put it in our will to pass them on to the 6th generation!!! Of course it would mean a lot to our country, and to us. We would be really proud to get those medals for Egypt.

But first, Squash would have to be in the Olympics. Unfortunately, by the time this happens, I will be long gone, but Ali and Nour are young enough, and they would have a good chance...


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QUARTERS

[3] Marwan ElShorbagy 2-1 [8] Daryl Selby (Eng)        11-3, 8-11, 11-9 (51m)
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 2-0 [5] Simon Rosner (Ger)           11-9, 11-4 (28m)
[2] Ali Farag 2-1 [7] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)                  11-9, 10-12, 11-4 (47m)
[4] Tarek Momen 2-1 [6] James Willstrop (Eng)           11-5, 9-11, 11-7 (46m)

[3] Marwan ElShorbagy 2-1 [8] Daryl Selby (Eng)        11-3, 8-11, 11-9 (51m)

It was a tough match today against Daryl, I thought he played really well. He played very cleverly tactically against me today, and it's all credit to him. He's been playing really well, pushing hard, this match could have gone either way.

Daryl is 35, I have so much respect for him, I grew up watching him and I learned so much from him: the way he plays, the way he changes his tactic during the match. And every time I go on court with him, I try to enjoy it as much as I can, he is a great player, and I'd enjoy playing with him once again!

I'm just glad I don't have to play anymore Best of Three matches anymore, from tomorrow, we are going to play proper squash matches finally. Hopefully, this is the last time we play BO3 matches.

BO5 is the way we always played it. With the BO3, you are definitely taking the physicality off the sport. Like I said, I'm just happy I do not have to play BO3 matches in this tournament anymore.



Really really gutted I didnít manage to sneak the win tonight. Crowd were phenomenal and canít thank everyone enough for the support. Wish I could have been playing in the semis tomorrow but wasnít to be..

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 2-0 [5] Simon Rosner (Ger)           11-9, 11-4 (28m)

I think itís the 12th time weíve played on Tour. Our hardest one was when we played best of three in Dubai last May, so I was kind of happy to get the chance to play him in another best of three because I know how dangerous he is in a best of three.

I feel I prepared a bit better than the last time we played in Dubai, I had a game plan, I felt like I was sharp to play it and Iím really happy to finish in two games.

Iím really happy to be in the semis, Iíve never reached the final here before so I would love to play a final here. I donít think an Egyptian has won this tournament before so I would love to be the first one to do it.

Itís always exciting for me to be back playing here, I love it here and I look forward to playing another match here.

James is playing well, Ryan is playing well and he beat me in the ToC so it would be nice to have four Egyptians but you never know. Itís always special playing my brother, we played in the final of Chicago, in the final of the Worlds so weíve been playing quite a lot recently and I look forward to having another good battle with him.

I think we both give something unique to the sport to have two brothers playing each other on big stages and I hope that one day we can be one and two in the world. Thatís our goal and I hope we can do that one day.

 

Mohamed simply to good today. The first was crucial, which I lost 9:11. After that it seemed like I never really found my way into the game. A few too many mistakes and Mo playing superbly. Thanks Tim for a great event.

Simon RŲsner on Twitter

[2] Ali Farag 2-1 [7] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)                  11-9, 10-12, 11-4 (47m)

Itís my wifeís birthday in a few minutes and Iím sorry for the heart attack I gave her for a gift. Hopefully when I go back we can celebrate together!!

I am happy but I canít say Iím very happy because Iím sad for Ryan.

Itís never the way you want to win. The first game was very high quality squash, it was a flip of a coin and I won it. It was a shame to see him limping because of his hamstring and you can see how great of a player he is because he almost beat me on one leg!!!

I think itís too early to form an opinion [on the best of three], there are pros and cons to everything in life and I think we need to keep trialling it. Maybe not in many tournaments but maybe in a couple of tournaments and see how it goes.

If it goes well then let it be, if not then we can fall back on the best of five but we can always look at things to evolve the game.

[4] Tarek Momen 2-1 [6] James Willstrop (Eng)           11-5, 9-11, 11-7 (46m)

I have a lot of respect for James, Iíve played him many times and he used to beat me easily. Iím just happy that Iím at a level now where Iím competing with him and itís unbelievable.

Heís a great fighter and has such good racket skills and he kept pushing until the end.

I think I started really well today and I played well the whole match, I just tinned a bit too much at some times. Maybe it was due to the pressure he was applying on me.

Overall, Iím happy with the match, it was a good battle and Iím happy I overcame the mental battle in the third.

Itís a good percentage [of Egyptians in the top 10] but there are some players coming up from other countries and Iím expecting them to make it into the top 10. Itís going to be very hard for the Egyptians to capture all 10 spots.

It would be better for the sport to have some variety. Iím supporting every Egyptian player but Iím not a big fan of the idea of having 10 Egyptian players [in the top 10]. I hope everyone raises the bar and weíll have a good competition from all over the world.


"The day Raneem won the World Championship was the proudest day of my life..." Tarek

Round One

[2] Ali Farag 2-0 [wc] Nathan Lake (Eng)                   11-8, 11-9 (32m)
[4] Tarek Momen 2-0 [Q] Grťgoire Marche (Fra)          11-7, 11-6 (32m)
[3] Marwan ElShorbagy 2-0 Miguel Rodriguez (Col)     11-5, 14-12 (44m)
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy 2-0 [Q] Mazen Hesham        11-6, 11-6 (25m)

[4] Tarek Momen 2-0 [Q] Grťgoire Marche (Fra)          11-7, 11-6 (32m)

I'm feeling good, it's my first time here since 2012, I've always loved this venue, but somehow, every year I skipped it! I feel it's a shame because I love it, but the draw is just too strong and sometimes you are seeking points so I'm happy I'm in a position now I can afford playing.

I'm happy with the way I played today, Greg is a very tricky opponent, we just played last week, and it was a very tough match. So I didn't want him to catch me off guard, so I was very focused today, and I'm very happy it turned out to be a 2/0 win.

He's got some crazy court coverage, and the good thing about this match is that we always try as hard as we can to go for the shots, not going to each other's path, so we see a clean match. It's good for everyone.

I want to thank everybody for turning out today, this is one of the key points why most of us love this tournament, it's because it's a full house from the first day and everybody here loves squash and it's a knowledgeable crowd.. We love it, and I hope I can keep winning and I keep coming every year...


 

[2] Ali Farag 2-0 [wc] Nathan Lake (Eng)                   11-8, 11-9 (32m)

He never made it easy, even when I was 6-0 up in the second,Ē said Farag.

I thought I had him but he never gave up and he took the game to me. He made it very hard until the very end and Iím very happy to get through. Weíre very good friends off court, so itís a pleasure playing him and Iím happy to get the win, especially in the first round in Canary Wharf.

Itís my first ever appearance here and itís an unbelievable tournament.

Itís too early to form an opinion [on best of three] at the moment but I think the most important thing is that we need to try it out. For anything in life, if itís sport or a business, you have to change and always evolve and I think that, even if itís not the right change for the sport, we need to keep trying new things.

Thanks to Canary Wharf because it always takes the initiative, such as the three referees system to start with then back to the one referee system with the video decisions and now with the best of three.


 

[3] Marwan ElShorbagy 2-0 Miguel Rodriguez (Col)     11-5, 14-12 (44m)

I think the match could have been more exciting if it was the best of five to be honest. The crowd loved it and wanted it to keep going, and I wanted to keep going as well...

It's different of course when you play best of three, although I played the way I normally play, I didn't want to do too much, I was focused, I think the concentration is the key in the BO3.

In the second game, Miguel played really well, he came back from 6/2 down and I'm just happy to win!

I cannot say I'm too happy about the Shorbagy brothers success as every time I go on court, he keep beating me so I need to work on that at some point but yes, he's been playing really well, and I have been more consistent. I've reached championships finals, I won two titles so far in this season, there are still a couple of tournaments still so I'm going to give it a big push...

You know, I played this tournament four times, this is my fifth time, and this is my first win ever!!! So I'm so happy to finally get my win here in Canary Wharf, and hopefully I can get going...

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy 2-0 [Q] Mazen Hesham        11-6, 11-6 (25m)

Heís an amazing player; He got to World No.13 and he had a really bad injury. He is coming back, he's been playing well, every tournament, getting better.

When I saw I had him first round, I had to have a special preparation for him, because he is very tricky. I thought he would be really really good in the BO3 format with the kind of shots he plays, so I had to be on my toes and sharp from the first point. I'm just really glad my plan worked in the end.

He played some amazing shots that going to make it shots of the month, so, do not try and challenge that, that's done.

I'm really happy both of us are wining, both of us are playing well. We just came back together from Chicago, we had an amazing tournament, maybe mine a little better then his - ONLY KIDDING!!! I'm really happy for him, for us, but back here, there is no time to celebrate, only a few days and we are back on it again.

I'm really happy to be back here again, obviously, I haven't been playing here for five years, so I was really excited to play here in front of this amazing crowd, I absolutely enjoyed my time.

I had my breakthrough here was I was 18 years old, when I beat Nick for the first time, so I always had some great memories here, so I'm really glad to be back.

 


 

 

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