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March 3, 2019,   8:25 PM

Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini and Ali Farag Crowned World Squash Champions

Amany Zaher

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Egyptian duo, Nour El Sherbini, and Ali Farag, have been crowned the 2018-2019 PSA World Championships after beating Nour El Tayeb and Tarek Momen respectively, at Chicago’s Union Station.

El Sherbini, 23 years, reached her fourth successive World Championship final – and fifth overall. She won her third World Championship to become the fifth woman to lift three World Championship titles after Malaysia’s Nicol David, New Zealand’s Susan Devoy, along with Australian duo Sarah Fitz-Gerald and Michelle Martin.

The World No.2 El Sherbini dominated the opening stages against El Tayeb to go two games up in just 18 minutes.

In January El Sherbini was crowned champion of the 2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, held in New York City. The Egyptian champion was the youngest ever World Junior Champion at age of 13 in 2009, and she has been the World No.1 for 30 consecutive months.

The 2018-2019 PSA World Championships was the sport’s first $1 million tournament, with $500,000 split equally between the male and female athletes. And El Sherbini and Farag will each take home over $70,000 in prize money, which is the largest prize winnings in the history of professional squash, according to the PSA world tour website.

Just 24 hours after dethroning fellow Egyptian Mohamed ElShorbagy to take the World No.1 spot, Farag has won the prestigious title for the first time in its history.

Farag hoped his wife El Tayeb would win the world title too. If she had they would have broken a new record after they became the first married couple in sporting history to lift the same major sports title on the same day when they won the 2017 U.S. Open, but El Sherbini captured the title.



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