Egypt's Gohar claims first squash World Championship title, Asal loses to Elias

Mahmoud Elassal , Saturday 18 May 2024

Egyptian squash sensation and World No. two, Nouran Gohar, emerged victorious over compatriot Nour El Sherbini in a thrilling 3-1 encounter to capture her first-ever women's PSA World Championship title on Saturday.

Nouran Gohar
Egyptian squash sensation and World No. three, Nouran Gohar reacts after winning the match. Photo courtesy of PSA World Championship website.

 

After reaching her fourth consecutive final, the 26-year-old Gohar finally clinched her maiden World Championship crown.

Gohar showcased her resilience and skill during the intense 81-minute battle, prevailing over El Sherbini with a final score of 3-1 (11-8, 9-11, 11-7, and 11-5).

El Sherbini's defeat prevented her from claiming an eighth PSG World Championship trophy, which would have equaled the record set by retired Malaysian star Nicol David.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been emotional like this before. Usually I show very little emotion but this means so much. I kept on saying that I don’t want stop until I’m World Champion and I can’t really believe it,” Gohar said after the game.

“Nour reached the final 10 times and that’s an unbelievable achievement for her. Beating her in the final of the World Championships is an amazing thing. I’m so speechless right now. All respect to her but I can’t really believe it,” she added.

Egyptian squash talent and world No. four, Mostafa Asal, lost 3-0 to Peru's World No. three, Diego Elias, in the Men's PSA World Championship final.

The 27-year-old Elias has become the first South American PSA World Champion. He needed 61 minutes to defeat Asal 3-0 (11-6, 11-5, and 12-10).

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