The finals of the 2020-21 CIB PSA World Tour Finals take place at Cairo’s Mall of Arabia today from 19:30 (GMT+2) with two all-Egyptian title deciders in store.
World No.2 Nouran Gohar will look to prevent World No.5 Hania El Hammamy from retaining her title in the women’s event, while Mohamed ElShorbagy is bidding to become the first Egyptian to win this title on three occasions as he looks to deny World Junior Champion Mostafa Asal his first major PSA title.
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You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.
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Gohar v Hammamy
The opening match of the evening sees Gohar and El Hammamy – the winners of Group A and B, respectively – lock horns and the former will be looking to extend her 3-0 lead on the pair’s head-to-head record.
Their most recent meeting came in the semi-finals of the CIB Egyptian Open back in October 2020, with Gohar winning 3-1 on that occasion. El Hammamy has not been able to take her compatriot the distance in a best-of-five games match so far, which is the format tonight’s final will be played under following the best of three format used previously in the event.
El Hammamy had her first big test of the tournament last night as she locked horns with World No.4 Camille Serme in their latest battle, but came through to win it 2-1, meaning she now has 139 minutes of action under her belt, so the Egyptian should be relatively fresh for the final.
Gohar, on the other hand, has spent just shy of an hour more on court throughout the event – 198 minutes in total – but the 23-year-old thrives on the physical aspect of the game.
SquashLevels think that Gohar will become the fourth Egyptian to add her name to the roll of honour list at this tournament, with a 3-2 win, while they give her a 58% likelihood of taking the win.
El Hammamy has an affinity with this tournament though after making the final both of the times she has competed at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals – so we should be in for a cracker tonight.
Asal and ElShorbagy bring the tournament to a close after the women’s final and they will be locking horns for the second time in this event after ElShorbagy beat him 2-1 on the opening day of the tournament.
That was the pair’s only previous meeting on the PSA World Tour, but ElShorbagy comes into today’s match with plenty of big-match experience, while Asal will be competing in his first major PSA final.
Asal bounced back well from his opening day defeat and hasn’t looked back, beating defending champion Marwan ElShorbagy and World No.1 Ali Farag to top Group A, before moving on to dispatch World Champion Tarek Momen in the previous round.
ElShorbagy recorded a 2-1 win over New Zealand’s Paul Coll in the semi-finals, despite needing an injury break after the second game.
SquashLevels are tipping ElShorbagy’s big-match experience to give him the edge over ‘The Raging Bull’ with the former World No.1 expected to claim a 3-2 victory.
Asal has come of age this tournament though with a number of impressive performance and a win today would truly announce his arrival on the sport’s biggest stage.