Ali Farag (left) takes on Mostafa Asal
Ali Farag (left) takes on Mostafa Asal

Farag Wins Xbox PSA World Tour Finals Title After Asal Retires Through Injury

World No.1 Ali Farag has won the Xbox PSA World Tour Finals for the first time after today’s opponent Mostafa Asal retired through injury mid-way through the second game of their clash in Bellevue.

Asal sustained the injury in his Group A clash with Farag on day two of the tournament as he lunged for a ball, and despite battling through to reach the final, he was never 100 per cent physically.

It meant Farag was able to avenge his British Open final defeat to the World No.2 a fortnight ago to lift the eighth title of what has been a sensational season for the 32-year-old from Cairo, who has now lifted 41 PSA titles in his career.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better season,” said Farag.

“You go through periods of demotivation and tough personal stuff, but I’ve had an incredible year and I have an incredible family, Nour [El Tayeb, Farag’s wife} and Farida [Farag’s daughter] touring the world with me.

“I’m doing the thing I love the most, touring the world and meeting incredible people. I’ve met some incredible promoters like Shabana and YSK. I’ve been coming back here every year for the past eight or nine years and it’s home to me now.

“The family takes such good care of us and we couldn’t be more grateful for them. I really look forward to coming back next year.”

Result : [1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [3] Mostafa Asal (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 5-2 rtd (17m)