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In Photos: Egypt's El-Sherbini, Farag snatch squash World Championships titles

Egypt bags a double win as its leading male and female squash stars prevail in Chicago

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 3 Mar 2019
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Egyptian squash stars Nour El Sherbini and Ali Farag have snatched the women and men's PSA World Championships titles (Photo from the tournament's official website)
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Egyptian squash stars Nour El-Sherbini and Ali Farag have snatched the women and men's PSA World Championship titles in Chicago early Sunday.

Two-time champion and world number two El-Sherbini faced a tough test to snatch the title as she defeated her compatriate Nour El-Tayeb in 57 minutes 3-1 (11-6, 11-5, 10-12 and 15-13).

"I think I’m out of words!" El-Sherbini said after the game.

"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 I’m really happy of course," she added.

"It was really tough tournament for me, and a lot of things happened before I came here and behind the scenes. But I’m really glad that I came because one of the options was that I wouldn’t be able to come.

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

Egyptian star and world number two Ali Farag defeated his countryman and world number four Tarek Momen 3-1 (11-5, 11-13, 13-11 and 11-3) in 79 minutes.

"If five years back you had told me that I would be standing here holding the World Championship trophy then no chance would I have believed you," Farag said.

"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, I’m deeply blessed to have her in my life, and she is the one who pushed me to go pro," he added.

"Tarek and I have been practising together for the last 10 years and I hardly ever beat him. It’s 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."

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

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Egyptian squash stars Nour El Sherbini and Ali Farag have snatched the women and men's PSA World Championships titles (Photo from the tournament's official website)

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Egyptian squash stars Nour El Sherbini and Ali Farag celebrate the women and men's PSA World Championships titles (Photo from the tournament's official website)

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Nour El Sherbini (L) and Ali Farag (R) lift the women and men's PSA World Championships titles (Photo from the tournament's official website)

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Ali Farag (R) against Tarek Momen (L) (Photo from the tournament's official website)

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Nour El Sherbini (L) against Nour El Tayeb (R) (Photo from the tournament's official website)

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Tarek Momen (R) against Ali farag (L) (Photo from the tournament's official website)

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Nour El Sherbini celebrates winning the PSA World Championships title in Chicago (Photo from the tournament's official website)

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