Squash: Egypt's Asal, Gohar crowned US Open champions

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 7 Oct 2021

Egyptian squash stars Mostafa Asal and Nouran Gohar claimed first place in the 2021 US Open after beating compatriots Tarek Momen and Hania El-Hammamy respectively in the tournament’s final at Philadelphia’s Arlen Specter US Squash Centre early on Thursday.

Mostafa Asal and Nouran Gohar
Egyptian squash stars Mostafa Asal and Nouran Gohar celebrate winning the US Open title on Thursday 7 Ocotober, 2021. Photo courtesy of squash site website.

World number 2 Gohar needed 74 minutes to beat Hania El-Hammamy of Egypt 3-1 (9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-3) to claim the tournament’s title for the second time in row.

“I can’t really believe it, but it seems like I have to always be down a set in the final of the US Open,” Gohar said afterwards.

“Last year I was down to the match point, this year — thankfully — I was only 1-0 and 9-4 down. I just wanted to stick around most of the time, and I’m just glad with the way I dealt with it. I felt I was the most experienced today, so that made a huge difference.”

“I’ve been in these situations before against top players… I think what made the difference is that I just wanted to stick to my game plan and adapt a little bit,” she added.

Meanwhile, World number 8 Asal needed 91 minutes to beat world number 4 Momen 3-2 (5-11, 5-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-3), winning the US tournament’s title for the first time to become the youngest player to ever claim the title.

“I can’t believe it,” 20-year-old Asal said after his sixth PSA title.

“I have all the respect for Tarek, he was 2-0 up, and I think it was a great battle today. I’ve been having so many 3-2s in the last couple of days and I cannot believe it until now,” he added.

“I was not sure whether I would participate in the tournament or not, but I managed to win the title,” the Egyptian squash player concluded.

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