CAIRO: Defending champion Ramy Ashour claimed his third Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Championship crown after beating the World No.1, his compatriot Mohamed al-Shorbagy 3-2 Friday.
The all-Egyptian final was held in Al-Gouna resort, Hurghada and was attended by Egyptian ministers of sports and investment along with an array of government officials and businessmen.
“I believe that this match was a lot harder than the World Championship final,” Ashour told Youm7. He added that after the match was over, he spoke with Shourbagy and they agreed “it was a much better match.”
During the 90-minute exciting game, Ashour managed to take a commanding two-game lead before Shorbagy responded to take the third and fourth games forcing the match into a decider.
In the fifth game, Shorbagy took a 10-6 lead missing 4 chances taking title as Ashour made 6 points in a row to become the 2015 El Gouna Champion.
“The pace was incredible from the start and we were both very stubborn. Neither of us wanted to let go and we just fought to the last point,” said Ashour.
History has repeated itself as the duo last met in the final of the 2014 World Championship in Doha, Qatar where Ashour won before they met in El Gouna in March 2014 when Ashour also won.
In the semi final, Shorbagy beat World No.3 Nick Matthew while Ashour beat World No.2 Gregory Gaultier 3-1 in a 64-minute game.