Elshorbagys Set Up Historic World Championship Final
17 Dec 2017
Bristol-based brothers Mohamed Elshorbagy and Marwan Elshorbagy will become the first siblings in history to contest the Men's AJ Bell PSA World Championship final when they go head-to-head in the climax of the sport's premier event at the Manchester Central Convention Complex.
26-year-old Mohamed Elshorbagy reached his third final in six year after beating France's world No.1 Gregory Gaultier - while Marwan, two years his junior, marked his maiden appearance in the world final after defeating compatriot Ali Farag, the world No.3.
World No.2 Mohamed overcame Gaultier 12-10, 11-4, 11-9 and will look to make amends for defeats to Ramy Ashour in both the 2012 and 2014 finals as he aims to capture the only major title missing from his trophy cabinet.
"He [Greg] is 34-years-old and I'm 26-years old and that's the 22nd time we have played on Tour, so I think that shows how great a player he is because I hope at his age I can play even half as well as the way he is playing," said Elshorbagy senior, who has now reached seven PSA World Tour finals in a row.
"We always play tough matches together, the first game was very crucial, just like how it was with Nick and Ramy [in the quarter finals and third round, respectively], so taking the first game gives you a huge boost for the rest of the match.
"I'm happy to win in three and I look forward to coming back here tomorrow."
Marwan, ranked five in the world, came through a gruelling five-game encounter with Farag 11-8, 4-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9.
The brothers will meet for the 11th time on the PSA World Tour, with Mohamed having won 8 of their previous clashes, and they will be the first siblings to compete in a PSA World Championship final since the Grinham sisters, Rachael and Natalie, contested the 2007 women's final in Madrid.
"It feels amazing," said Marwan.
"This is for our family. Two brothers in a final, I don't think it has ever been done before. We're so close to each other and it is a dream for both of us and these are the kind of things you visualise when you are young, it's a dream come true.
"Just to have my mum here watching is amazing and this is for her and for our family. She is always there and always supports us."
The women's final will be a repeat of April's World Championship title-decider in El Gouna after El Sherbini and El Welily came through contrasting semi-final fixtures and they will go head-to-head for the $45,000 prize purse, which is equal to the men's prize money for the first time in history.
El Sherbini, who in the 2015 edition became the youngest female World Champion of all time, got the better of El Welily eight months ago and she will target a third successive World Championship crown after storming to an 11-0 win in the fifth game of a nervy clash with compatriot Nour El Tayeb - who is married to Farag.
"I've never had a match like that in the last game, it's weird," said world No.1 El Sherbini.
"I just tried to take the lead, I didn't know what she was going to do. It was weird to finish like that, but a good thing for me. When you're down and you come back, I was trying to think point by point and just keep fighting."
El Welily, meanwhile, had an easier time of things against world No.3 Camille Serme as she dominated her French opponent to take an 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 win in 39 minutes, sending Serme out at the last four stage for the second time in a row.
"El Sherbini is such an exciting player to watch," said El Welily, who also fell to a defeat in the 2014 final against Malaysia's Nicol David.
"She's very skilful with the racket and you never know what she's going to hit next. These are great times for Egyptian squash. The women's game is very exciting at the moment, people are moving in and out of the top eight every month."