Simon Rösner & Nour El Sherbini lift J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions titles

Simon Rösner and Nour El Sherbini prevailed on finals day at the 2018 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, beating Egyptian duo Tarek Momen and Nour El Tayeb respectively under the chandeliers of Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall in New York to take one of squash’s most prestigious titles.

Rösner became the first ever German player to win a Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Series tournament after he followed up a stunning semi-final upset over Gregory Gaultier to take an 11-8 11-9 6-11 11-5 victory over Momen in 71 minutes.

The 30-year-old German No.1 played with precision and guile to go two games up and then showed the grit and determination that took him to his maiden World Series final in the fourth game as he recovered from dropping the third and become the first non-Egyptian male to win the Tournament of Champions since England’s Nick Matthew in 2012.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” said Rösner. “Coming here this week, I didn’t expect to win the championship, but this is what you work for every day. To play on this kind of stage is the reason you wake up, train hard, stay disciplined and go through all of that. And for that to pay off, in New York, in Grand Central Terminal, with the Tournament of Champions title - it’s unbelievable."

Meanwhile, El Sherbini lifted her second Tournament of Champions title, and her third consecutive World Series title, after twice fighting back from a game down against U.S. Open Champion Nour El Tayeb.

The 22-year-old was appearing in her fifth successive PSA World Tour final, a run which included World Series wins at the Saudi PSA Women’s Masters and Hong Kong Open, but suffered a disastrous start as she took just two points in a one-sided opening game.

Both players then took a game apiece, until El Sherbini came into her own in the final two games to triumph 2-11 11-6 4-11 11-7 11-7 and claim her fifteenth PSA World Tour title and her fifth of the season.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling right now, I cannot describe it,” said El Sherbini. “I’m extremely happy, I couldn’t have asked for a better start to 2018. I’ve been playing well and this is my fifth final in a row. I worked really hard in the summer and have been trying to enjoy playing when I’m out there and that hard work is paying off right now. Hopefully I can keep this momentum going for the rest of the season.”

2018 Men’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
Men’s Final:

Simon Rösner (GER) bt [7] Tarek Momen (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-5

Women’s Final:
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [8] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 2-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-7, 11-7

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