This year started off in Sheffield with two hour-long upsets
British Junior Open U19 finals, and while Yathreb
Adel and Ahmad Alsaraj’s wins didn’t quite fall into
the “epic” category, they certainly set the scene for many
more dramatic finals, some of which certainly did fit that
would prove to be a good year for Mohamed Elshorbagy
started with a comeback 3-2 win over Peter Barker (and
another Rolex) in the
Motor City Open final.
The next epic came in Linkoping as Nick Matthew
claimed his fourth
Swedish Open title with a seesaw 3-2 win over Ramy
Ashour in 90 minutes. Matthew took almost as long to take a
British Nationals title, overcoming James Willstrop
again in an equally arduous final.
first women's epic came in
Chicago's Windy City Open as Laura Massaro
beat Raneem El Welily in five. Not long after Laura was at
it again, this time coming from 2-6 down in the fifth
against Nour El Sherbini in the
Women's World Champs final in Malaysia.
April David Palmer and Thierry Lincou were tied at two games
all in the final of the
Bermuda Legends, and it was the Aussie who won the
one-point shootout decider (oh to be the ref that calls
"love all, match ball" !).
Later in the month it was Ramy
Ashour who prevailed in a terrific
Gouna International final, denying Mohamed
long after there was another all-Egyptian final, and in
Zurich's Grasshopper Cup it was Amr Shabana
taking the five-game win over Tarek Momen.
UK's Premier League Final defending champions
Surrey came from two down to beat Duffield and retain
their title. In Frankfurt there was another "shootout"
final, this time Nick Matthew beating Gregory
Gaultier 3-2 in the deciding game of the
Grand Slam Cup final.
Still in May, Chris Simpson retained his
Jersey Classic title but it took him over 100
minutes to see off Adrian Waller in the final.
Summer was dominated by the
Games in Glasgow, and
men's final was definitely an epic, Nick Matthew
beating James Willstrop in five thrilling games after
After the Summer break it was back to business with the
Malaysian Open, featuring another all-Egyptian
five-game final, this time in the women's event with
Raneem El Welily beating Nour El Tayeb.
Hong Kong Open it was the men's turn to deliver a
dramatic finale as Mohamed Elshorbagy almost blew a
two game lead before beating Gregory Gaultier, this one took
September in Shanghai, and both finals of the
China Open went the distance, James Willstrop
and Low Wee Wern taking the titles in front of a
spectacular backdrop after 98 and 102 minutes of effort.
Another thrilling Team final in the UK saw B&W Worms
deny Paderborn in the all-German men's
Club Champs climax.
on to October and Mathieu Castagnet earned the
nickname "marathon man" ah he took the title in the
FBN Montreal Open after matches of 67, 129, 85, and
finally 100 minutes.
No let up in November as Nouran Gohar won the latest
all-Egyptian classic, beating Omneya Abdel Kawy in five in
the final of the
Monte Carlo Classic.
in Qatar, came one of the all-time epic finals as Ramy
Ashour, on crutches not long before, somehow managed to
claim a third
PSA World Championship title in Qatar, despite
losing a 10-5 lead and then saving a match ball in the
decider against Mohamed Elshorbagy.
Chris Simpson played another five-setter in the
final of the Dubai Cup, this time losing out to
Karim Abdel Gawad.
left December free for the women, and they didn't
final of the
Women's World Teams in Canada went down to the wire,
and it was Alison Waters who clinched the win for
England, adding the title to the one already held by
their male counterparts.
David was disappointed that day, and a week later in
Cairo Raneem El Welily was poised, at 2-1 and 10-6,
to add more disappointment. But David was having nothing of
it, and her comeback in the
final of the Wadi Degla Women's Worlds capped off an
eighth world title and a year of epic finals.
We may have missed some, but hopefully you'll agree
that there were plenty of dramatic finals in 2014 -
here's hoping for many more next year ..
BJO Finals Day
Swedish Open Final
British Nationals Final
Premier League Final
Jersey Classic final
English CG Hat-trick
Worms in Nottingham
Monte Carlo Magic