Squash: Egyptians lose in British open finals

Mohamad Mosselhi, Sunday 20 May 2012

Egyptians Ramy Ashour and Nour El-Sherbini (women) lose the British open finals on Sunday

Ramy Ashour

Ramy Ashour and his compatriot Nour El-Sherbini have lost the British open finals following to their defeat 3-0 in the final of the two categories of the international tournament on Sunday.

Fourth-seeded Ramy Ashour lost to Nick Matthew 3-0 (11-9, 11-4, 11-8), same result of  Nour El-Sherbini, first Egyptian player to play the final of the British open, who lost also against top seeded Nicol David (11-6,11-6,11-6).

“Not much to say really. I guess that the positive side is that I managed to finish the season with no injury, and that’s enormous for me. When I think of where I was a few months back, thinking I would never play squash again after the World Open, I guess I can only be proud of my season and what I have achieved today, Ashour told the tournament's official website.

“This match was probably one match too far after the effort I produced this week, it took a lot out of me, but yet again, it was a quality match, Nick played very well. Maybe I should have been more patient when I realised that my shots were not going in at all today

“Nick deserves this victory today, he played very well, but I’ll still try to keep a smile on my face for my summer training…” he added

El-Serbini 16 years, who played her first major final as a senior tried to resist against Nicol David but the six time world champions succeeded to clinch the title on 33 minutes.

“I don’t know exactly what happened, I knew I had to have perfect shots today if I wanted to match her game, she is the world number one, she is such a strong player, but my shots were just not there, and I just couldn’t play my game, El-Sherbini was quoted on the tournament official website.

“But I’m not sad, I’m so happy I reached the final of the British Open, maybe next year, maybe next tournament….” She added.

On the other hand David praised the performance of El-Sherbini added she expects a good future for the egyptian young player.

“It was another British Open final, and I was really fired up to play against Sherbini,"

“She is just a strong player, she was playing amazing shots, she is certainly up and coming, probably playing top 3 at the moment. She will no doubt join the other girls, English, Egyptians, and Malaysians coming up too, and I’m looking forward for a strong next season." She concluded.

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