J.P.Morgan Tournament of Champions 2016  05-14 Jan, New York

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TODAY at the ToC 2015 :  

Tournament of Champions 2015, FINALS

[3] Raneem El Welily (Egy) 3-1 [5] Alison Waters (Eng)
                               9/11, 12/10, 11/4, 11/4 (48m)

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy) 3-1 [3] Nick Matthew (Eng)
                            5/11, 11/9, 11/8, 12/10 (83m)

PSA Roundup:
Elshorbagy Is 2015 ToC Champion

24-year-old World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy reinforced his position at the top of the squash ladder with an impressive performance in the final of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions to see off England's Nick Matthew 3-1 and claim his fourth major PSA World Series title.

Under the chandeliers in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall the duo, who have developed a testy-rivalry on the tour in the last two years, produced a thrilling spectacle in front of a sold-out crowd with Elshorbagy eventually out-powering the man ten years his elder.

"I told Nick at the end of the match that he is an inspirational player," said Elshorbagy.

"He's the king when it comes to playing tough matches because he seems to come back fresh every day but I'm really pleased with how I played and to get my first title here.

"I wanted to win so badly and I'm proud to see my name join the illustrious list of previous Tournament of Champions winners."

Matthew started the match in the ascendency and used his wealth of court-craft to take the opening game but Elshorbagy's ferocious pace and power saw him claw his way back into the match and turn the tide, to establish a 2-1 lead.

In the fourth game Matthew looked en route to levelling the scores once again but saw the opportunity slip from his hands after an unforced error when 9-7 ahead, followed by an unlucky bounce at 9-8, saw Elshorbagy rally and from then on the Bristol-based-Egyptian refused to give in.

Despite saving one match ball Matthew couldn't find enough in his locker to hold on as Elshorbagy romped home to complete a memorable night for Egyptian squash in the Big Apple, with Raneem El Welily also taking the women's title with victory over Alison Waters.

"This has been a very tough week for me mentally," added Elshorbagy.

"When I saw Raneem win in the women's final it really inspired me because we both recently lost in World Championship finals even though we both had match balls.

"She showed me that you can rebound and I'm really proud of how I played and that I proved I can come back stronger than before."

34-year-old Matthew said: "I really enjoyed the match tonight. You get to a stage in your career when you just have to enjoy the experience because you might not have many more of them."

As it happened:
Shorbagy charges past Matthew
Matthew in early charge, keeping Shorbagy pinned to the back as he opens up a 7-2 lead, Shorbagy tinning several times. The young Egyptian starts to get more involved, starting to move Matthew more, but from 9-5 the Englishman produces two great finishes to take the lead.

A quick 2-0 lead for Matthew in the second, but then a couple of no lets that he - and the crowd didn't like. Shorbagy ig getting fired up now, refuses to let the ball die as he takes the lead with a load roar. At 4-2 Shorbagy's racket clips Matthew's ring finger, short time out for blood injury. Matthew takes the lead 7-5, Shorbagy still so determined comes back to 8-all then leads 10-8 and levels with a crushing drive on his second game ball.

Shorbagy has the momentum now, setting a ferocious pace and starts crunching in winners for 5-0 and 8-1. Matthew finds his way into the game, taking some of the sting the sting from Shorbagy's attacks, closes to 9-8, and gets a no let overturned to the appreciation of the crowd. An error from Matthew though and it's game ball which Shorbagy converts with a volley drilled into the nick.

The start of the fourth is more even, Shorbagy leading 3-1 Matthew hits back to lead 4-3, then 7-5 on a no let and 9-6 with a feathered volley drop. Shorbagy gets a couple back then levels 9-all with a fortunate front wall nick then finds another at the back for match ball 10-9. A desperate stretch for the ball through Matthew gets a no let and it's extra points.

A lov volley into the tin from Matthew and it's a second match ball, Shorbagy has Matthew under enormous pressure before finding a dying length to make it a double success for Egypt ...

WSA Roundup:

Welily takes ToC title

Raneem El Welily became the first Egyptian winner of the Women's J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions title she defeated England's Alison Waters in the final Grand Central Terminal in New York.

"Relaxed and happy and grateful," said the third seed from Cairo when asked how she felt after winning the title on only her second appearance in the prestigious WSA World Tour event.

Just under an hour earlier, El Welily was not quite so relaxed. The Egyptian and her fifth-seeded opponent were exchanging the lead almost every other point in the first game, until Waters took the lead after winning the opener at 11-9.

"I was thinking too much, putting too much pressure on my shoulders," said Welily of her state of mind in the opening game. In the second game, the world No.2 focused on getting better length on her shots and started pushing her opponent into the back of the court. As in the first, Waters went toe-to-toe with her opponent. Down 5-8, Waters tied the score at eight-all, then nine-all - then 10-all, at which point El Welily played two decisive points to win the second game 12-10.

The sharp-shooting Egyptian entered the third game determined to attack even more and be quicker getting to the ball. "Against a player like Alison, you have to keep the pressure on all the time," she said. After dropping behind 1-3, Welily found her rhythm, and at four-all reeled off the next seven points to win the game and take the lead.

In the fourth, the 30-year-old Londoner Waters was visibly tired and made several errors as Welily closed out the match by winning the game 11-4.

"Every tournament is meaningful in its own way," said El Welily after claiming the eighth - and biggest by far - WSA Tour title of her career.

Just under a month ago, the 25-year-old had been on the verge of winning her first World Championship, but lost all four match-balls that she held.

"Winning the first tournament after losing that World Championship means a lot," Welily observed. "Back home, everyone is really happy!"

As it happened:

A very close first game, long rallies, length and accuracy at the back, at that game, Ali is just a bit more comfy. At 9/9, a no let and a superb winner for the English lady, 11/9 Alison....

Second, Raneem is dominating 5/1, 6/2, 7/4 and like she knows how, Alison just digs in and claws back. 8/8. Raneem tins her first game ball, 10/10, but courtesy of Ali that tins the next two, the Egyptian is levelling it at 1/1, 12/10.

That's the first game where Ali finally looks a bit tired at 4/4, length a bit in the middle, opening the court too much.

The quarter/semi has caught up with the English lady for now... 11/4 Raneem, and the same stoy in thefourth as the match runs away from Alison.

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