Egyptians El Tayeb and ElShorbagy Lift Windy City Open Crowns

Egyptians Nour El Tayeb and Mohamed ElShorbagy prevailed on finals day at the 2018 Windy City Open to claim the sport’s most lucrative World Series title.

El Tayeb had endured successive three five-game matches against Tesni Evans of Wales, compatriot and World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and England’s Sarah-Jane Perry to reach the title-decider and once again showed her resilience to edge a tense five-game battle against New Zealand’s Joelle King whose memorable run to her maiden World Series final included a spectacular 60-minute semi-final victory over World Champion Raneem El Welily.

The 24-year-old Egyptian, who last year won her first Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Series title at the U.S. Open, came from 2-1 down and saved two championship balls to overcome her New Zealand rival 11-8 10-12 11-13 11-9 12-10 in 78 minutes to claim her share of a record $250,000 prize purse, equal that on offer in the men's draw.

“I can’t believe it,” said El Tayeb following her second PSA World Series title win. “I felt like I lost this match three or four times! I was down in the fourth, then I was down in the fifth but looking over at Haitham [Effat] and Ali [Farag] - they gave me the encouragement, but I really can’t believe that I won the tournament.

“Everyday that I’ve woken up I’ve felt tired but I knew that I can do it. I don’t think I’ve ever only played five-setters in a tournament. I think I will have to give my physical fitness coach a very big bonus!”

In the men’s final, Mohamed Elshorbagy produced a masterful performance against younger brother Marwan to claim the title in straight-games.

It was the second meeting between the brothers in a major final, following their clash in the AJ Bell PSA World Championship in December, and it was Mohamed who again took the spoils with an accomplished 11-8 11-8 11-6 victory.

Mohamed was in formidable form throughout the event and claimed his sixth PSA World Tour title of the season without dropping a single - a win that ensured that he returned to World No.1 in the March rankings.

“It’s been an incredible season,” said Mohamed. “After last season - I worked really hard, set new goals that I wanted to achieve, and it just shows that nothing can stop anyone achieving their dream if they work hard for it.

“I’m really glad to get through the final against my brother. He has played incredible this season and he will still get better. This the second time we've played in a big final and his first World Series title will come at the right time - I just wanted to keep it a little bit later than today."

2018 Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family & EquiTrust Life Insurance Company
Men’s Final:

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 11-8, 11-8, 11-6

Women’s Final:
[7] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [9] Joelle King (NZL) 11-8, 10-12, 11-13, 11-9, 12-10