Squash: Egypt’s Gohar crowned 2022 US Open champion, Farag injured

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 16 Oct 2022

Egypt’s squash star Nouran Gohar snatched the 2022 US Open title after beating her countrymate Nour El-Sherbini 3-1 in the tournament’s final game early on Sunday.

Nouran Gohar


The world’s number one female squash player needed 51 minutes to achieve the victory over the world’s number two player 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 and 11-6 at Philadelphia’s Arlen Specter US Squash Center.

The US Open trophy is Gouhar's 19th PSA title and her second of the season following last month’s South Western Women’s Open triumph, and her sixth of 2022.

“It is so hard against Nour,” the 25-year-old Gohar said afterwards.

“She [Nour El-Sherbini] is the one who knows how to win titles even if she is not playing her best. It is more mental than anything with her and I was really happy with the way I played,” the Egyptian squash star added.

“It is a joy to play against her; I actually missed our battles last year because it brings the best out of us both, she is a great player and it was very enjoyable out there.”

“Honestly, I do not want to lose my number one spot under any circumstances, but when I think about the rankings too much, it is extra pressure that I do not need,” she added.

“I feel like I go into a tournament wanting to win because then I know I will get the maximum points, so I am just focused on what is in my hands and that is all I think about,” Gohar said.

Meanwhile, Egyptian squash star and two-time champion Ali Farag, sustained an injury and retired from the US Open final game against Diego Elias.

Elias, the world’s number four male squash player, became the first Peruvian to win the prestigious title. This was his 12th PSA title, his second Platinum title and his third tournament win of 2022.

“I am happy but I just do not know how to feel,” Elias said afterwards.

“I feel very bad for him, I was ready for a big battle. I am super happy, I just did not want it to be this way. I am going to have a beer for sure, but I have a match on Wednesday at the Grasshopper Cup in Switzerland, so I cannot have too many,” Elias said.

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