Egypt's Ashour Is 2014 Squash World
Ramy Ashour, the 27-year-old appearing in his first competitive
tournament since May's Allam British Open, defied all critics to
claim his third World Championship crown, beating compatriot
Mohamed Elshorbagy in a thrilling final win Doha.
Ashour, who has been plagued with injuries
since retiring during his 2013 World Championship semi-final,
completed a miraculous return to action to come through 3-2,
13-11, 7-11, 5-11, 11-5, 14-12 in a dramatic 90-minute encounter
that saw both players squander match points before Ashour
eventually prevailed in a repeat of his 2012 victory over
Elshorbagy, at the same venue.
said Ashour afterwards.
unbelievable feeling and I just can't believe it.
"I have worked so hard both mentally and
physically to get myself ready for this tournament and I have
pushed myself so hard - It doesn't get any better than this."
In the early stages of the match both
players displayed nerves, making uncharacteristic errors, but it
wasn’t long before the capacity crowd at the Khalifa Squash
centre, which has packed over 1,200 fans in for the all-Egyptian
encounter, were treated to some of the most enthralling action
ever witnessed in a World Championship final as both players
produced squash of the highest standard.
“It was dramatic and it was
brutal – it was like a fight. We were both trying to get inside
the other’s game but nobody succeeded – we were both producing
our best squash,” added
“In that last game we both had match balls and it was back
and forth between us, we both wanted so badly to be World
Champion and winning my third World title means so much to
me – this is a very special moment.
"Mohamed is an amazing player and he will
win a lot more tournaments but I was very proud of the way both
of us represented Egypt in such a great manner today and it
makes me proud of my country."
Result: 2014 Qatar PSA World Championship
 Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt  Mohamed
Elshorbagy (EGY) 3-2: 13-11, 7-11, 5-11, 11-5, 14-12 [90m]