30th Sep - Final
 Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2
 Karim Abdel Gawad
11-9, 11-6, 11-3 (45m)
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
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
29th Sep - Semis
 Karim Abdel Gawad 3-2
Diego Elias (Per) 6-11, 4-11, 11-8,
11-7, 11-9 (90m)
 Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2  James Willstrop
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
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
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
Heís really young but heís very experienced and really mature on
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
Mohamed after his victory against James
27th/28th Sep - Quarters
 Karim Abdel Gawad
3-1  Tarek Momen
4-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (56m)
 Mohamed Elshorbagy 3-0
 Daryl Selby
11-5, 13-11, 11-6 (50m)
 Laura Massaro (Eng) 3-1
 Salma Hany Ibrahim
11-5, 12-14, 11-4, 11-7 (47m)
harder to play one of your best mates and Tarek like a brother
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
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
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.