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Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial  Hong Kong Open 2014  24-31 Aug   

 

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SUN 31-Aug, Day EIGHT: THE FINALS

First time lucky for Shorbagy,
Ten in a row for Nicol

[2] Mohamed Elshorbagy
(Egy) 3-2 [1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
             11/9, 11/2, 4/11, 8/11, 11/4 (97m)

[1] Nicol David
(Mas) 3-0 Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
             11/4, 12/10, 11/8 (39m)
 

First time lucky for Shorbagy

Mohamed Elshorbagy claimed the Hong Kong Open title in his first final, beating Gregory Gaultier, who was appearing in his fifth, in a dramatic climax at Hong Kong Park Sports Centre.

The Egyptian took the better starts, leading 5-1, Gaultier soon levelled but from 9-all it was Shorbagy who took the crucial points and te lead.

A few decisions and discussions at the start of the second seemed to get to Gaultier, and the second was quickly over 11/2 as Shorbagy doubled his advantage.

The Frenchman regrouped though, and from 3-all in the third pulled clear to get one back.

From 5-all in the fourth it was again Gaultier who accelerated away, amidst a few lets, disputes and discussions, and with 11-8 the decider was set.

Shorbagy made a great start to the fifth, helped by some Gaultier errors, and at 6-0 the Fenchman went flying over his opponent, but after a few minutes' treatment on his ankle he was back on court.

He came back determined enough, but the lead was too much, the closest he got was 4-7 before Shorbagy pulled away again to claim his second title in a week.

It feels great," said a delighted Champion. "Its just really nice to see the work pay off like that, first in Malaysia and then backing it up here in Hong Kong has just been marvellous for me.

It was very hard to refocus after his injury in the fifth, especially as he came back very strongly.

"At 7-4, he told me he was going to come back and ruin this match. I said, no, youre not going to. This was the mental war of the game. Im happy as it fired me up and then I came back and won four points straight to win 11-4.

"I just cant describe how I feel right now. Its my first final here and Im just really happy I was able to win it in my first time. Its such a prestigious event and to follow players like Jansher [Khan], [Amy] Shabana and Nick [Matthew] is something Ill remember for the rest of my life, that I was able to win it when I was 23.

I would call this the most important trophy Ive won right now.

"I have big plans for myself this year and starting it like this, by beating the World No. 1, is huge for me and my confidence. I want to keep it going for sure. Im hungry for more titles. I want to keep it going.

and Ten in a row for Nicol

Nicol David extended her unbeaten run in Hong Kong to TEN tournaments and FIFTY matches, in a women's final that, while it was over in three games, was far from easy for the world number one.

True, David steamed away with the first, but Nour El Tayeb, appearing in just her second World Series final, pushed David all the way in the next two games, leading for most of the second but failing to take either of her two game balls, and only at 7-all in the third did David finally put paid to the young Egyptian's challenge.

"Im really pleased to win 3-0 and win in Hong Kong again," said David.

"Nour is an up and coming player and she never gave up, especially in the second when she really pressured me and played exactly to her game plan. I had to really focus and work hard to take four points in a row to win that game.

"It was crucial to win the second and not give Nour confidence and play her rhythm because shes proven why shes in these finals. I knew I needed that second game and then took it on full speed in the third game.

"I lost last week in Malaysia, but I always enjoy it here in Hong Kong and it's especially nice to win here again after last week's disappointment.

"I'll head home to Malaysia now, this is a good boost for my preparations ahead of the Asian Games coming up in South Korea."

 

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Mohamed at HK Airport types to Fram back in London...

"Nothing can express how I feel right now... over the moon to be able to put my name on this prestigious trophy... I have been watching this tournament since the Jansher khan days and to be able to win such a tournament is just something very special to me.

"This is such a great start to the season for myself almost a dream start winning Malaysia and then Hong Kong...I have to thank Tom Patrick my physical trainer for this so much as he prepared me so well so I could peak at the right time in Hong Kong...as it's always hard to peak at your first World Series event of the season. Also I need to thank Aspetar in Qatar a lot for all their support to me

"I want to thank Jonah Barrington for everything he has done for me and still doing...for believing in me since day 1 and pushing me through my bads and goods...he has to be prepared though to make a free space into his house as this Hong Kong trophy is only his.

"I want to thank Amr Mansi for the amazing job he did with me during summer training especially during Ramadan as never easy to train during Ramadan.., but he put up such hard work with me so really want to thank him and want to thank Hadrian Stiff for the work he does for me whenever I am in Bristol.

"My brother of course for staying especially for me even after his tough loss because he knew how much I needed him in my corner and thanks to my parents for the support they always give me.

"I have always wanted to get a winner picture with Nicol and I can't believe it finally happened and in a tournament like Hong Kong...only 9 more to go and I'll have 10 like her ...

"And last but not least, thanks to the sponsors and organisers for making this one of the best tournament we have on the calendar your support has been always the best... see you all next year again!! "

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