Elshorbagy & Massaro Claim World Series Finals Crowns
11 Jun 2017
Egypt's Mohamed Elshorbagy and defending women's champion Laura Massaro clinched the 2016/17 PSA Dubai World Series Finals titles after prevailing in straight games finals at the stunning Dubai Opera.
The World Series Finals is the first sporting event ever to take place in Dubai Opera and sees Elshorbagy and Massaro claim over $40,000 each after respective wins over England's former world No.1 James Willstrop and Egyptian World Champion Nour El Sherbini.
Elshorbagy ended a difficult season on a high to lift his first ever World Series Finals crown and his first Tour title since November after beating Willstrop 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 in 57 minutes.
"To win this tournament has been a dream for so long," said Elshorbagy after lifting his 25th Tour title.
"It's a very emotional win. I lost some confidence in myself during the season but I feel like I bounced back this week.
"I don't want to lose. I hate losing. This season I didn't play with my spirit, but I'm really proud I got that back this week. It was my best squash since being world No.1."
Meanwhile, Massaro joins a distinguished group of women who have won the World Series Finals title twice - featuring Australians Michelle Martin & Sarah Fitz-Gerald, Kiwi Carol Owens, and Malaysian Nicol David - after overcoming El Sherbini 3/0.
The 33-year-old from Preston was appearing in the final of the World Series Finals for the third time in a row - losing to David in 2013 and beating Egypt's Raneem El Welily in 2016.
Massaro & El Sherbini had met earlier on in the tournament - with the 21-year-old Egyptian winning the best-of-three games contest to qualify second in Group B. But in the best-of-five games final, it was Massaro who emerged the victor after claiming an 11-8, 12-10, 11-5 victory to capture her 22nd Tour crown.
"I'm really happy with my performance overall," said Massaro.
"It took a lot of focus, discipline, hard work and I had to keep pushing throughout the whole match. The first two games were really tight and I managed to get that good lead in the third.
"I'm one of the oldest ones on Tour now and as long as I feel as though I'm still in contention to win titles then I'm happy. To be able to win the British Open, to reach the final of the ToC [Tournament of Champions] and to win here really makes me think that I'm still in contention and I can still win titles."