Egyptian squash champs Nour El-Sherbini and Ali Farag have snatched the women and men’s PSA World Championship titles in Chicago this morning.
Two-time champion and world number two El-Sherbini faced a tough test to snatch the title as she defeated her compatriate Nour El-Tayeb, Ali Farag’s wife, in 57 minutes 3-1.
“I think I’m out of words!” El-Sherbini said after the game. “It was really tough tournament for me, and a lot of things happened before I came here and behind the scenes. But I’m really glad that I came because one of the options was that I wouldn’t be able to come.
Egyptian star and world number two Ali Farag defeated his countryman and world number four Tarek Momen 3-1 in 79 minutes.
“If five years back you had told me that I would be standing here holding the World Championship trophy then no chance would I have believed you,” Farag said.
“As a senior at college I never thought about going pro, and to be here today, and the main driving force behind it is Nour, I’m deeply blessed to have her in my life, and she is the one who pushed me to go pro,” he added.
El Tayeb and Farag became the first married couple in sporting history to lift the same major sports title on the same day when they won the 2017 U.S. Open. But El Sherbini edged a tense tie-break in the fourth to finally end El Tayeb’s resistance, and she becomes the fifth woman to lift three World Championship titles.