Thursday, February 9, 2023

Mohamed Elshorbagy downs Nick Matthew to set up all-Egyptian world final with Ramy Ashour

Ramy Ashour faces Elshorbagy showdown in world final after stunning top seed Gregory Gaultier in straight games 
By Squash Mad Reporter

The moment of triumph for Mohamed Elshorbagy as he beats 2013 champion Nick Matthew
The moment of triumph for Mohamed Elshorbagy as he beats 2013 champion Nick Matthew

World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy proved he can walk-the-walk by defeating 2013 title holder Nick Matthew 3-0 in their 2014 Qatar PSA World Championship semi-final show-down in Doha to back up his off-court claims.

The duo were embroiled in a war-of-words coming into the tournament, with Elshorbagy stating Matthew ‘wouldn’t be able to handle the pace’ and the 23-year-old from Alexandria lived up to his prediction, out-muscling Matthew in an intense 60-minute battle.

Brutal rallies dominated proceedings throughout, with both players testing each other to the max, with the Bristol-based Egyptian prevailing to set up a final encounter with compatriot Ramy Ashour tomorrow, but he was quick to praise elder statesman Matthew following their match.

“It feels great to get that win because I came here today and I really wanted it and I gave it everything I had,” said Bristol-based Elshorbagy.

“We were both really fired up for the match. There was a lot of talk and mind games before the match but there’s a big respect there between us as well – Nick is an inspirational player and I have learnt a lot from him during my career so far.

“But on court it’s a war and we both want to win. But once it’s done, it’s finished. Tomorrow I’m sure we’ll joke with each other and forget about all the talk beforehand.

“I expect another exciting match in the final against Ramy tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to it.”

WC14ramypushAshour (pushing past his opponent, right), was returning to competitive action in this event for the first time since May’s Allam British Open. He was in majestic form as he withstood everything number one seed Gregory Gaultier threw at him to come through 3-0 in 56 minutes.

Ashour’s last World Championship triumph came in Doha in 2012 when he beat Elshorbagy in the final. And he sill be hoping for a repeat performance tomorrow.

“It feels great to be in the final and I’m going to give it 100 per cent and fight for every shot and every point,” said Ashour.

“I’m pushing away the demons in my head and what counts is that I’m in there and I’m determined not to waste all the work I have put in.”

COMMENT BELOW: Share your views on the two semi-finals and offer your predictions for the final.

2014 Qatar PSA World Championship – Semi-finals, Doha

[4] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 3-0: 17-15, 11-7, 11-5 [56m] [2] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt [3] Nick Matthew (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 [60m]

[4] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [2] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) 

Picture courtesy of PSA (others from social media)


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1 Comment

  1. The first games of both semis must be among the best games ever played. The intensity and speed…. Woow!

    If I have any concerns it’s really not about the performance on court but rather on the refereeing. Please don’t take it the wrong way – I know it’s really hard – but sometimes I get so frustrated when the calls are inconsistent and sometimes just not according to the rule-book. I wish we could find ways to clarify some of the rules better. For me, a squash player, it’s sometimes hard to understand. Imagine how hard it must be for a newcomer – say a potential sponsor.

    The sportsmanship I feel that Ramy shows is great to have back on the circuit.

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