TODAY at the Qatar
Fram & Steve in
 Mohamed Elshorbagy
(Egy) 3-2  Nick Matthew
11/5, 5/11, 11/6, 6/11, 11/4 (83m)
Shorbagy takes his biggest prize
Elshorbagy is the 2013 Qatar Classic champion after
prevailing in a pulsating five-game final with world
champion Nick Matthew.
The Egyptian, at 22 years of age 11 years younger than his
opponent, made a storming start, taking the first 11/5.
Matthew regrouped and levelled 11/5 thanks in part to a
number of errors from Shorbagy, but again in the third it
was the Egyptian that the packed crowd were cheering on as
he retook the lead 11/6 with a run of eight unanswered
points from 2-6 down.
fought back once more, with Shorbagy again making errors
from the middle of the fourth as Matthew took it 11/6.
After a close opening to the decider - Matthew's 3-0 lead
was soon erode - it was Shorbagy who pulled clear, turning
to salute the crowd and his watching family as the final
ball from Matthew hit the tin and Shorbagy went one better
than his loss in five in the World Open final here last
It's by far the biggest trophy Mohamed has won as a senior -
his first World Series triumph - and he was obviously
just an unbelievable feeling - I can come to grips with the
fact I won the tournament, but even more important, the fact
is that I just beat Nick in five, and in a final!
“Last year, when I saw Ramy holding the trophy, I told my
mum that I would win it for her next year. So I’m glad I
kept my promise.”
Mohamed's full Quote, with video |
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Mohamed's full quote with video
Mohamed's Quote with video
IN QATAR, AGAIN…
“I like it in Qatar, I went into the final last year here,
and my brother won his World Junior title here, Qatar has
been good for us….”
Yes. The Shorbagy’s surely like being here and Mohamed, in
front of his mum and dad, won his first ever World Series
was not easy though. A lot of mental game. A lot of running.
A lot of hard work. And probably the nicest match of the
tournament! What a perfect ending to this tournament…
First game was all about Mohamed’s domination on that famous
backhand wall. Good solid start for both, 1/1, 2/2, 3/3.
Then the Egyptian runs away with 6 points, “a stream train”
will say Nick, and it’s 11/5 for Shorbagy in 15 long
minutes. As you can see, the rallies were pretty long and
played at a gruelling medium pace that Nick enjoys.
in the second, the Englishman shows his colours. In this
one, he is the one that plays steam train, scoring 5 points
in a row to lead 7/2. Mohamed will try and come back, but 6
tins is a lot to give away in a single game, and Nick
equalises in 13m, 11/5. Now we’ve got a match…
And the third, well, like the World Champion stated after
the match, is the turning point. Nick is playing superb
squash, accurate and aggressive. And Mohamed seems, well..
sleepy! Subdued even.
To the point where Nick seems on his way to the title,
leading comfortably 6/2! But suddenly, out of nowhere, the
“Old Shorbagy” as Mohamed will describe himself afterwards,
reappears and score not less that 9 points in a row. Imagine
the Egyptian crowd chanted his name… Great atmosphere for
the young man who admitted that they gave him a boost. You
can say that again!!!
we think, Mohamed thinks that he has got the momentum when
he comes back from 3/6 down to 6/6. But Nick has been there
before, you know. He knows how to cut somebody’s leg. Just
make him work. And work. And work. And work. “At the end of
that rally, that I lost, I was dead, I mean, really dead. I
needed time to recover, but he wouldn’t let me!” explained
Mohamed later. And you can see the difference of tins again,
5 for Mohamed, 1 for Nick in that one.
5th looks bleeping good for Nick, 3/0 to start with. But
maybe that’s where the table turned. Maybe the legs, not as
fresh as they could have been after what he lived the week
before, physically, emotionally.
Or just was it Mohamed that just went up another gear, went
into the zone, to score 5 points in a row, 5/3. Nick manages
to sneak in a point, but Mohamed will finish it off, score 6
points to take his first title, 82m, 11/4.
He scored those bleeping 3 points tonight…
quote with video