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Elshorbagy Is British Open Champion
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Elshorbagy Is British Open Champion


24-year-old World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy capped what has been a remarkable 12-months for the Bristol-based Egyptian by lifting the prestigious 2015 Allam British Open title courtesy of a 3-2 win over defending champion Gregory Gaultier in a breath-taking finale at Hull's Airco Arena today (May 17).

In a bruising 94-minute battle that ebbed and flowed throughout it was Elshorbagy, who has held the number one spot unopposed since November 2014, who fought back from 2-1 down against the formidable Frenchman to triumph in the 'Wimbledon of Squash' for the first time in his career.

It was a special moment for the man who has reached the final in all of the last seven PSA World Series tournaments as it sees him write his name in the history books alongside his mentor and coach Jonah Barrington, the legendary star who won the British Open title six times from 1967 - 1973 during an iconic career.

“Greg was playing so well today, he was absolutely killing me in that second and third game and I didn’t know what to do,” Elshorbagy said.

“I just started hitting everything hard and just told myself not to give up and to fight until the last point. I wanted to make him work as hard as I could and I was maybe a little lucky in the end. 

“So many prestigious names have won this trophy and to win this title in front of Jahangir Khan [ten-time British Open winner] is such an honour and my own coach, Jonah Barrington, won this title six times so to be able to put my name on the same trophy is great.

"I called him after the match and told me that I just have to win it five more times now! But I am really happy - It means a lot to be able to put my name on this famous trophy and end the season is such a great way.” 

Result - 2015 Allam British Open Final:

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 3-2: 11-9, 6-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-5 (94m)

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Derechos Reservados - 2015