Squash: Egypt's Sherbini and Farag claim PSA World Championship titles

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 12 May 2023

Egyptian duo Nour El Sherbini and Ali Farag retained their respective world titles in Chicago with straight-game wins over Nouran Gohar and Karim Abdel-Gawad early on Friday.

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Ali Farag (left) and Nour El Sherbini (right) with the PSA World Championship title.


World No.1 Sherbini needed 38 minutes to beat Nouran Gohar 3-0 (11-6, 11-4, 12-10) and clinch her seventh World Championship title.

“I am over the moon to win my seventh World Championship,” El Sherbini was quoted as saying on PSA World Tour after the game.

The 27-year-old El Sherbini was in superb form in Chicago, winning her third World Championship title. She is now just one short of the current women’s record of eight, held by Malaysian legend Nicol David.

Her streak of five women's World Championship titles in a row is matched only by David.

“It is huge and special for me and I cannot believe I did it, I am so happy," the Egyptian squash star said.

I am happy that I am closer to Nicol’s [David] record. She is a legend and what she did was amazing and unbelievable,” El-Sherbini said, adding “I have always been looking up to her, so to put my name beside her is something special and huge for me.”

The men’s final saw World No.4 Ali Farag become the second Egyptian ever after Amr Shabana to win four men's World Championship trophies.

The 31-year-old Farag needed 44 minutes to beat Karim Abdel Gawad 3-0 (12-10, 11-6, 11-6).

“The emotions are so raw, it is so hard to put it into words,” Farag said. “It is so special. No matter how many times you go through it, it is even more special than the time before. Especially against such a champion like Karim, I am super relieved and super happy,” he added.

“Two months ago, we played a practice match and we were limping, and the standard would not have even earned us a place in the World Championship, let alone the final. To come all the way through to reach the final is a very proud achievement for the two of us.”

Farag – like El Sherbini before him – has now won all three World Championships held in Chicago.

The PSA World Championships is the most prestigious tournament in squash, with $1,000,000 in total player compensation split equally between the male and female athletes.

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