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Finals

[2] Ali Farag 3-1 [4] Tarek Momen   11-5, 11-13, 13-11, 11-3 (79m)

[2] Nour El Sherbini 3-1 [3] Nour El Tayeb 11-6, 11-5, 10-12, 15-13 (57m)

I think Im out of words.

The last two games were really close and she was coming back. I think she likes it like that she was a little bit tense in the first two games and then she started to relax. I was trying to focus point after point and Im really happy of course.

I always try to be calm, relaxed and not put too much pressure on myself. Whenever it gets too close or tense, I just tell myself to focus on the next point and win point after point and thats what I was trying to do.

It was really tough tournament for me, and a lot of things happened before I came here and behind the scenes. But Im really glad that I came because one of the options was that I wouldnt be able to come.

I was improving match after match and I had a lot of tough matches in the earlier rounds but Im really glad that I managed to get everything together this week.

As I stand here today, I cant help but think about the road Ive taken to be here. If five years back you had have told me that I would be standing here holding the World Championship trophy then no chance would I have believed you.

As a senior at college I never thought about going pro and to be here today and the main driving force behind it is Nour. It sounds like a clich but find someone who lifts you up day in and day out, Im deeply blessed to have her in my life, and she is the one who pushed me to go pro.

Winning the World Championships is one thing, but winning it in front of this crowd is something else. Thanks to the Walter Family, its the biggest prize purse thats ever been on offer in squash and its a huge honour.

Me and Tarek have been practising together for the last ten years and I hardly ever beat him. Its always tough against him, I see how hard he works every day and I was a bit lucky today in the third and I think that made the difference.

Semis


[4] Tarek Momen
3-2 [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 8-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8 (97m)
[2] Ali Farag 3-0 [3] Simon Rsner (Ger)  11-2, 11-9, 11-4 (46m)

[3] Nour El Tayeb 3-2  [1] Raneem El Welily 6-11, 11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 12-10 (64m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini 3-2 [5] Camille Serme (Fra) 11-8, 11-6, 6-11, 5-11, 11-6 (59m)
 

Quarters

[3] Nour El Tayeb 3-0 [12] Annie Au (HKG) 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 (25m)
[1] Raneem El Welily  3-1 [8] Nouran Gohar (Egy) 11-4, 6-11, 11-4, 11-2 (37m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 [10] Tesni Evans (Wal)  11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (31m)

[4] Tarek Momen 3-0 [8] Marwan ElShorbagy 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (33m)
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-1 [6] Miguel Rodriguez (Col)   5-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (61m)
[2] Ali Farag 3-1 [7] Paul Coll (Nzl)                  11-8, 11-7, 4-11, 11-1 (57m)

Round 3

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy 3-0 Leo Au (Hkg)    11-7, 11-3, 11-6 (31m)
[8] Marwan Elshorbagy 3-1 [14] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)11-4, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 (58m)
[4] Tarek Momen 3-2 [9] Mohamed Abouelghar
                                              
5-11, 11-4, 8-11, 13-11, 11-3 (67m)
[7] Paul Coll (Nzl) 3-1 [13] Fares Dessouky   11-5, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8 (71m)
[2] Ali Farag 3-0 Mazen Hesham      11-4, 11-4, 11-9 (36m)

[1] Raneem El Welily 3-0 [9] Alison Waters (Eng)   11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (29m)
[8] Nouran Gohar 3-0 [15] Victoria Lust (Eng)    11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (36m)
[3] Nour El Tayeb 3-0 Melissa Alves (Fra)   11-7, 11-3, 11-6 (23m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini 3-2 [11] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
                                              10-12, 11-3, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7 (52m)

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Round 2

[1] Raneem El Welily 3-0 [17] Hania El Hammamy      11-5, 11-7, 11-9 (35m)
[9] Alison Waters (Eng) 3-0 [26] Nadine Shahin           11-4, 11-2, 11-9 (20m)
[8] Nouran Gohar 3-0 [25] Fiona Moverley (Eng)         12-10, 11-4, 11-4 (27m)
[12] Annie Au (Hkg) 3-2 [30] Rowan Elaraby 7-11, 11-5, 4-11, 11-1, 11-1 (42m)
Melissa Alves (Fra) 3-1 [16] Salma Hany             11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7 (38m)
[3] Nour El Tayeb 3-0 [31] Zeina Mickawy                    11-2, 11-6, 11-4 (23m)
[4] Joelle King (Nzl) 3-2 [23] Mayar Hany  12-14, 11-2, 15-13, 12-14, 11-3 (65m)
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) 3-1 [20] Yathreb Adel  12-14, 12-10, 11-6, 12-10 (49m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 Christine Nunn (Aus)                  11-2, 11-4, 11-6 (24m)

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-1 Cesar Salazar (Mex)    10-12, 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 (55m)
[8] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-1 Gregoire Marche (Fra)   4-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (56m)
[14] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus) 3-2 [L] Youssef Ibrahim     13-15, 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 (84m)
[9] Mohamed Abouelghar 3-2 Chris Simpson (Eng) 11-13, 13-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5 (71m)
[4] Tarek Momen 3-1 Tom Richards (Eng)            8-11, 11-2, 11-4, 11-9 (42m)
Joel Makin (Wal) 3-2 Youssef Soliman         11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7 (82m)
[13] Fares Dessouky 3-1 Mohamed Reda          10-12, 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (44m) 
Mazen Hesham 3-1 Adrian Waller (Eng)   7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-4 (49m)
[2] Ali Farag 3-0 Mostafa Asal                        11-1, 11-4, 11-2 (26m)

I felt good. I like the court. I feel like it hits the ball well its not too bouncy or too dead and obviously I had a bit of an advantage because I played here yesterday, Zeina didnt. So, obviously that plays a bit part, but I thought I played well and I felt sharp throughout the whole match.

Starting tomorrow all of the players have glass court experience and I dont think in the later stages, I dont care about that. Im in the third round, Im playing well and Im very happy.



Thats the first time I have played Hania. We play together a lot back home because we train together with the same coach, Haitham Effat, so we play a lot, but never on Tour and how different being at a tournament. Shes a fantastic player, shes got a great future ahead of her and Im just happy to be through in three today.

I was trying to move her around, but she was reading everything so well, so I had to stick to the back a bit more before finding my shots at the front again, but all credit to her for playing so well.

It was a mixture of him playing really well at the beginning and I was a bit flat I think. I hit eight or nine tins which is unbelievable, he had me work for most of them but there were a few easy ones and I had to regroup in the second.

I had a discussion with my coach, and we felt like I needed to up the pace a bit and my T position, so I could control the middle of the court and I felt like I did that pretty well in the second and third. In the fourth I started to feel it a bit and I was very happy to push through with the last few points and squeeze a few errors and get the win in the end.

Im very happy with the way I have been performing so far this season. I have had consistent results and a few tournament wins, which has been missing for a few years, and I am at my highest ranking No.3 so I have a lot to be proud of. Im always looking to win one big title, so when I am in big tournaments, like this, that is my aim now.



He has beaten me once before. So, hes obviously someone who knows how to beat me and I knew it was going to be tough from the first point. He had a very good start in the first game and I played catch up and I thought we played a high-quality four games. It could have gone either way, but luckily it went my way and Im really happy to be through.

Yesterday I was following some of the scores and seeing the seeded players go out and it just makes all of the higher seeded players more nervous the day after. Anything can happen and I knew with Cesar today that since he beat me before that my turn could have been today. I felt sharper than yesterday and sometimes when you get harder matches at the start of the tournament then it can make you sharper.



Hes the World Junior Champion for a reason. Hes playing with a lot of confidence coming off the back of the British Junior Open and I had to be on my metal from the first point.

We played in Cairo and it was not easy at all, especially in the second game he had multiple game balls, so I knew what to expect and I had to be solid from the very beginning. Im very happy with my performance and the result.



I havent been there yet, but watching it on TV, it looks amazing, so I hope to go there quickly and to play my best.

I was a bit nervous today, but actually he played really well. It was a tough match but I am really happy that I won in the end. I started enjoying my squash more on court.



I'm happy that I have got the chance to play at the world championship at this age, and I'm even happier that I have won my first match, but unfortunately after the match I felt heavy pain in my stomach and I didn't really get the chance to recover well before playing my second match against Ali Farag because the pain didn't go away even after finishing the match.

I am really disappointed for what happened because I wanted to give Ali a tough match and I wanted to show my game to all the fans and I wanted to show what I am capable of but it is something that I just can't control...

Huge credit to Ali of course for sticking to his game and giving me a tough match, I hope he continues to play his game throughout the tournament and play well in his upcoming matches. It's the second time now to play with him after CIB Black Ball championship, but I am happy that I played against Ali yesterday.

I am very thankful for my fans who supported me. I want to thank my coach Amir Wagih for being such a great coach and passing me his huge experience in the sport. I also want to thank my head coach Nasser Zahran and @mah.kader123 and @islamadel10 I also want to thank @dr.mohamed_el_dafrawy for everything he is doing with me. I am also very thankful for @ahmedefffat for being by my side at this tournament.

And of course I want to thank my friends and family for sticking by my side and supporting me. Also thanks to the Egyptian Squash Federation. For now I will rest a few days in Chicago to enjoy the city and to watch this amazing tournament to get more experience. I will rest in March and I will come back stronger for the championships in April. Finally I want to thank the @psaworldtour for organizing such a big prestigious tournament like this and thanks to my sponsors Ezz Steel , Al Ahly Sporting Club , Eye Rackets , Head, I-Mask

Round 1

[1] Raneem El Welily 3-0 Alexandra Fuller (Rsa)  11-6, 11-7, 11-3 (23m)
[17] Hania El Hammamy 3-0 Lee Ka Yi (Hkg)    11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (20m)
[26] Nadine Shahin 3-0 Low Wee Wern (Mas)   11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (25m)
[8] Nouran Gohar 3-0 Menna Hamed              11-6, 11-4, 11-1 (20m)
[30] Rowan Elaraby 3-0 Nicole Bunyan (Can)   11-2, 11-3, 11-4 (19m)
[16] Salma Hany 3-0 Tsz-Wing Tong (Hkg)    12-10, 11-9, 11-6 (29m)
[31] Zeina Mickawy 3-1 Haley Mendez (Usa)  11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9 (40m)
[3] Nour El Tayeb 3-0 Rachel Arnold (Mas)      11-2, 11-6, 11-6 (21m)
[4] Joelle King (Nzl) 3-0 Heba El Torky           11-6, 11-9, 11-6 (24m)
[23] Mayar Hany v Ho Tze-Lok (Hkg)     11-6, 12-14, 11-7, 11-7 (38m)
[13] Nicol David (Mas) 3-0 Menna Nasser        11-3, 11-6, 11-3 (21m)
[20] Yathreb Adel 3-0 Enora Villard (Fra)        11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (22m)
Liu Tsz-Ling (Hkg) 3-1 [32] Nada Abbas  11-3, 7-11, 12-10, 11-8 (43m)
Christine Nunn (Aus) 3-0  [22] Mariam Metwally 11-9, 11-8, 13-11 (37m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 Lily Taylor (Eng)         11-8, 11-5, 11-9 (24m)

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy 3-1 Joshua Masters (Eng)         11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-5 (45m)
[8] Marwan Elshorbagy 3-0 Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)               11-9, 15-13, 11-3 (44m)
Youssef Ibrahim 3-1 Nicolas Mller (Sui)                     12-14, 12-10, 12-10, 11-5 (48m)
[9] Mohamed Abouelghar 3-2 Declan James (Eng)   7-11, 12-10, 3-11, 11-7, 11-5 (58m)
[4] Tarek Momen 3-1 Todd Harrity (Usa)                          11-5, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6 (34m)
[3] Simon Rsner (Ger) 3-0 Omar Mosaad                               11-8, 11-2, 11-7 (41m)
Lucas Serme (Fra) 3-0 Karim El Hammamy                              11-8, 11-1, 11-5 (41m)
Youssef Soliman 3-2 [5] Karim Abdel Gawad          9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (87m)
[7] Paul Coll (Nzl) 3-1 Karim Ali Fathi                             11-6, 9-11, 11-3, 11-3 (44m)
Mohamed Reda 3-1 Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)                  9-11, 11-4, 13-11, 11-6 (66m)
[13] Fares Dessouky 3-0 Eain Yow Ng (Mas)                       11-5, 11-5, 12-10 (38m)
Mazen Hesham 3-2 Zahed Salem                        11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6 (78m)
Mostafa Asal 3-2 Peter Creed (Wal)                    11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7 (80m)
[2] Ali Farag 3-0 Daryl Selby (Eng)                                      11-2, 11-5, 11-4 (30m)

We played two or three weeks ago, so I knew that she was going to know my game from the beginning, said the 25-year-old.

I started sharply and I think I played well throughout the whole match, but she started to get into it the more the match went on. She seemed to figure out what I was going to play next, but Im very happy with my performance against a tough opponent.

It feels very exciting and obviously I have very good memories from Chicago from last year, so Im hoping for another nice memory. Im very happy to play in this incredible venue and hopefully I can keep going. We all know that this is the World Championships and you cant hide from it. In any squash tournament I want to relax and enjoy it and so far, so good.



I think this might be the first time that I have seen her play and actually play her. Ive seen her results though, so I know how dangerous she can be and I was definitely trying out some new things today its a new court and atmosphere. Great venue and Im so happy to be back here in Chicago.

Its a new opponent as well, so its always tough mentally to adjust to all of these new conditions. At the end I maybe found my spots on court a bit better and Im happy to be through.

Being the defending World Champion doesnt mean that you are going to come back and win. Everyone is here to win, its still the first match and Im just happy to be through today and looking forward to tomorrows match.



Ive never played Lily before and never seen her play. Its hard to play someone you have never seen play before. I was getting into the game a bit slowly but Im just glad that I was getting better game after game and managed to take the last one.

The venue is one of the most beautiful that we have played in and its good to have a change. Every tournament we play in the same place, so its good to have a new venue and a new atmosphere. Its good for the players and the people to come and watch squash in this place.

To come back against Karim is really tough because you always fear that he will be the one to come back when you play him. To be the one that was 2-0 down and to come back, I had to push really hard and it was an unbelievable match for me.

I worked him really well in the first game, but he obviously won that one and then the second. If I played fast and hit the ball hard, he was so good at taking the pace off the ball and making me run around. Thats why it was so tough at the beginning, so I had to try to make it tight against him and go for it when I had the chance. This is definitely the biggest win of my career, I just beat the No.5 in the world.

But I wont think about it because sometimes when you have a huge win, it takes it out of you a lot, I wont enjoy it that much, I will just focus on my next round.



Its really sad to see that, especially at the biggest event of the year, Daryl is such a great player, we just played a marathon of a match at the last tournament, it was 3-0 but 60 minutes and all the games went to tie-breaks and I had to save multiple game balls in each game.

I knew I was up for a big one and I started off well in the first and then at the beginning of the second when he was twisting, he slipped and felt something in his back, which is really sad to see.

You treat every tournament the same way. Rankings are just rankings, whoever is better in the week is who wins the tournament. Im just going to take it one step at a time and hopefully I can go all the way.



Ive been celebrating my birthday in Chicago for the last five or six years now. I have to keep focusing on the task in hand, I need to play well and the birthday celebrations can be postponed.

Todd played really well and I thought that we both played a quality match. It was a good performance overall. Playing your first match is always tough because the conditions are new and we have never played in this venue before which is amazing by the way. But there are many things to adjust to and gradually I think I got into the match game after game.

Im happy with the way I played and this is going to give me the confidence to do better in the next rounds.



We arent just training partners, we actually lived together for three years as well, so he knows me very well, said the current World No.1. Were very good friends and training partners. When you play against someone, who you have trained with for so many years, then its tougher to be aggressive with each other on court sometimes and that brings a little bit of a softer side for both of us when we play each other.

He put me under a lot of pressure today and played so well and Im just really happy to get through. First rounds are always tough and to get into the tournament mentally is always very important.

Every day you learn something new and even with my experience on Tour now being a defending World Champion is not something that I have experienced before. Its probably the only thing I have never faced before in my career and its going to be a new experience for me. But I like challenges. Its what brings the best out in any athlete and I hope I can be at my best form this week.

 

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