Egyptian duo Mohamed Elshorbagy, the men’s World No.1, and Women’s World No.3 Raneem El Welily triumphed in their respective title-deciders at the 2016 Windy City Open in Chicago.
El Welily overcame compatriot Nour El Sherbini (9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 in 35 minutes) to win her first PSA World Tour title since September 2015. “I’m lost for words right now,” said an emotional El Welily after the match. “I’m very, very happy to have won today. It’s the first title in a long time.
Elshorbagy collected his 4th consecutive World Series crown after opponent Nick Matthew, the English World No.3, was forced to retire in the 3rd game (11-6, 11-3, 1-0 retired an minute 22) of their encounter due to injury. For Elshorbagy celebrations were muted as he collected his maiden Windy City Open crown.
“I noticed at the start of the second he was struggling to move. I live for great battles and to play against great players like Nick. It’s unfortunate what happened today as that’s not the way that I wanted to win”, said the Egyptian.
Speaking afterwards Matthew said: “I don’t mind losing – it’s just disappointing when you can’t do yourself justice and give Mohamed the fight he deserves.”