EGYPT ARE WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONS

Who will win the 25th edition of the World Squash Men's Championship ? Egypt is obviously favorite, but English with their experience and title holder status, the Englishmen will try to gain a second title in a row ! The tie starts at 4:00PM at salle Vallier and will be a battle between the two best nations in the world!

Match preview 

[1] EGYPT 2-0 [2] ENGLAND (4PM, SALLE VALLIER)

 

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#1 Karim Abdel Gawad 3-0 Nick Matthew (11-9, 11-3, 11-7) - 34 min

The beginning of the match is very close, with the two players battling hard for each rally. Gawad makes a few unforced errors which allow Matthew to stay in touch but he nevertheless finds himself with three game balls at 10-7. The Wolf saves the first two but the Egyptian converts thanks to a wicked attacking boast. The second game starts very well for Gawad, who takes a comfortable lead while the Englishman seems to be hindered in his movement and conceeds, 11-2. Matthew takes a 3-minute injury break and he's then back on court. But Gawad throws the ball at the front at will to test his opponent. Matthew manages to claw back from 3-6 to 6-6, but Gawad doesn't let go and concludes, 11-9, 11-3, 11-7 in 34 minutes.

#2: Ali Farag 3-0 James Willstrop (11-5, 11-9, 11-5) - 37 min

James Willstrop has not played many « live » matches this week, but he goes on court with only one option, win to keep his team's hopes alive to retain the World title. But his younger opponent Ali Farag starts the match relentlessly, imposing his pace and taking a commanding lead from the start. Despite a mini fight back from the tall Englishman, it's first game to Egypt, 11-5. But Willstrop is known not only for his accuracy but also for his fighting abilities, which he shows at the beginning of the second game. He makes a few unforced errors though, and falls a few points behind. He claws back to 9-10, but Farag's boast gives him a 2-game lead. Egypt is one game away from a fourth WTC title. Willstrop is visibly tired but he continues to fight incredibly hard although Farag is dominating most of the rallies. The inevitable happens and the Egyptian wins 11-5, 11-9, 11-5. EGYPT ARE WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONS!  

#3: Marwan El Shorbagy vs Daryl Selby : not played

 

Full draw

Photo Gallery (final day) (Nathalie Goossens / Philippe Rochais)

 


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