Squash: Egypt duo Gohar, Farag win Xbox PSA World Tour titles

Ahram Online , Sunday 23 Jun 2024

Egypt squash stars Nouran Gohar and Ali Farag won the 2023-24 Xbox PSA World Tour titles after passing all-Egyptian finals with Nour El-Sherbini and Mostafa Asal, respectively, on Sunday.

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Women s World Champion Nouran Gohar and Men s World No.1 Ali Farag pose for an image after winning the 2023-24 Xbox PSA World Tour Finals on Sunday 23 June, 2024. Photo courtesy of PSA World Tour Website.

 

World number two and title holder Gohar has beaten world number one El-Sherbini 3-1 (7-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-10) to clinch her fifth successive PSA title.

With Sunday’s victory, the 26-year-old Gohar was the first woman to win the Xbox PSA World Tour Finals three times.

“At 9-7 [in the fourth], I didn’t want that match to end because I was really enjoying myself on court today,” Gohar was quoted as saying by the PSA World Tour website after the game.

“The crowd made it extra spicy out there. Any squash player can relate to this when they’re hitting their marks; they’re feeling good and have an amazing crowd; that’s all you want. Thanks so much to Haitham [Effat, Gohar’s coach] for today. He made a huge difference, especially when I was 1-0 down and Nour was playing really well. I love coming back to Seattle; it’s one of my favourite cities," she said.

“It’s my fifth title in a row, and I couldn’t have dreamt of this, to be honest,” she concluded.

At the men’s contest, world number one Farag secured his first-ever Xbox PSA World Tour title after defeating world number three Asal, who was obliged to withdraw in the second half due to an injury.

The 32-year-old Farag took his tally to eight titles this season.

Farag expressed his great delight with the new achievement hailing the outcome of his superb season.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better season,” the Egyptian player said.

“You go through periods of demotivation and tough personal stuff, but I’ve had an incredible year and an incredible family, Nour [El-Tayeb, Farag’s wife] and Farida [Farag’s daughter], touring the world with me," he added.

“I’ve been coming back here every year for the past eight or nine years, and it’s home to me now. The family takes such good care of us, and we couldn’t be more grateful for them. I really look forward to coming back next year,” he concluded. 

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