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 TODAY at the El Gouna International 2016

Fri 29th April, FINALS DAY

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy) 3-2 [2] Gregory Gaultier
                  7/11, 9/11, 11/3, 11/9, 11/8 (90m)

Shorbagy gets the El Gouna trophy at last

World number one Mohamed Elshorbagy finally laid his hands on the El Gouna International trophy after losing out to Ramy Ashour in the 2014 and 2015 finals, but the top seed had to come from two games down against world champion Gregory Gaultier to do it,

The Frenchman controlled the first, then trailed for most of the second before a late surge saw him double his lead.

Shorbagy fought back to take the third decisively, then came from 4-8 down to take the fourth and force a decider.

The fifth was a tense and dramatic affair, Shorbagy edging ahead from the middle of the game and then, with the crowd going wild after - and sometimes during - every rally, closed it out for a famous victory to add yet another World Series title to his tally.

"Thanks to Greg for a fantastic match, it's always a battle when we play he's such a tough competitor and I really had to work hard to get back from two games down," said the new Champion.

"It feels great to win this title after losing such great matches for the last two years, Greg and the crowd made it another great match.

"Thanks to all the sponsors, and particularly to Amr Mansi, he's made this into the best tournament on the circuit and I hope it keeps going for many years, I'll definitely be back to defend it as many times as I can."


REPORT: A controversial Ending but Egypt is the winner



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