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British Open: Finals - As It Happens

It's finals day as the Allam British Open draws to a conclusion.

We have some incredible on squash on show throughout the week and it all boils down to this as the men's and women's British Open champions will be confirmed.

Egyptians World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and World Champion Raneem El Welily will contest their fifth final of the season as they go head-to-head in the women’s final at 15:00 BST.

They are followed on court by Egypt’s World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy – who will be looking for his third British Open title – and Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez, as the latter looks to cause a huge upset and be crowned the first South American winner of the tournament.

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Here's the Order of Play

El Sherbini Takes British Open Title

World No.1 Nour El Sherbini claimed her second British Open title after she defeated World Champion and compatriot Raneem El Welily 3-0 at Hull’s Airco Arena.

This was the fifth meeting between the pair in a major final this season. Before, today’s final each player had two titles each this year with El Sherbini claiming the Hong Kong Open and Saudi PSA Women’s Squash Masters titles, while El Welily has won the PSA World Championship and El Gouna International trophies. However, this time it was all about El Sherbini as she stormed towards victory in Hull.

The 22-year-old put in an emphatic display yesterday to knock out defending champion Laura Massaro in five games in the semi-finals and she continued to dominate in Hull to take out El Welily, who was playing in her first ever British Open final.

The World No.1 from Alexandria looked sharp to take the first game, while World No.2 El Welily – who was almost knocked out in round two after going 2-0 down to Victoria Lust – took time to settle her nerves and get into the match, allowing her younger compatriot to take a 2-0 lead.


Cairo-based El Welily looked as though she was going to fight back in the third when she built up a strong lead and then saved two championship balls, however, El Sherbini kept her composure to put her compatriot to the sword and win 11-6, 11-9, 14-12 in 47 minutes.


“I’m really happy,” said 22-year-old El Sherbini.

“The British Open is the biggest tournament on Tour and it was an honour to win it once and now I have two and I’m really proud. We always have very tough battles, it’s never an easy 3-0 and I’m really glad it’s ended this way.

“The last tournament in Gouna she was 10-5 up and I came back but I didn’t make it so this time I was glad that I came back and do it.

“I’m glad I came back and won the third. Every time we play, it gets harder. We’re really good friends and I learn from her a lot and role model to any player.

“I hope this battle continues and we keep playing each other in the finals.”

Result
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 14-12 (47m)

Rodriguez Takes First Ever World Series Title

Colombia’s World No.14 Miguel Angel Rodriguez pulled off the shock of the tournament after defeating World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy in an incredible 102-minute battle which saw the Colombian win his first ever World Series title and become the first South American player to win the iconic British Open.

The odds were stacked against unseeded Rodriguez going into the match with the Colombian only managing a solitary win over top seed ElShorbagy in their previous 12 encounters. However, the 32-year-old from Bogota showed that today was his time as he claimed his first British Open title and added his name to an illustrious list of winners.

The Colombian had a tough draw going into the final, knocking out three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour, former World No.3 Omar Mosaad, World No.2 Ali Farag and then giant killer Raphael Kandra in the semi-finals before he came up against World Champion ElShorbagy.

Rodriguez started ferociously to show that he meant business as he took the first game and brought the crowd inside Hull’s Airco Arena to their feet with an audacious dive retrieval that set the tone for the excitement that was to follow.


World No.1 ElShorbagy – who was appearing in his 10th final of the season – battled back in the second to level the scores before then advancing to take a 2-1 lead thanks to his accurate shot-making ability, despite Colombian ‘Cannonball’ Rodriguez pushing him all the way.

Throughout the match, the Bristol-based Egyptian looked increasingly fatigued, pausing for a number of breaks, before giving up the game completely in the fourth to allow Rodriguez to take it to a fifth for the title.

Two-time winner ElShorbagy looked as though he had made the right tactic choice as he started the fifth well to storm into an early 5-0 lead, however, Rodriguez fought back and with the scores level at 9-9 for a considerable time he kicked on again to win 11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-9 much to the delight of the crowd inside Hull’s Airco Arena who awarded both players with a standing ovation after their gladiatorial battle.


“I think everything was mental – I dreamed it,” said 32-year-old Rodriguez following his history making win.

“I had emotions during the week but I am just speechless. I’m so grateful for this opportunity to win this major tournament – the greatest of all time.

“I’m so proud of myself, this is for my parents, my family and Colombia.

“I was just giving it everything. Mohamed was fighting and fighting – he was on the floor and looked like he was struggling but then he came back and was hitting winners from the back of the court and I had a little bit of pressure and I didn’t know what to do.

“I did the same as him and was fighting and fighting until the end. I was believing, and it happened.

“It’s huge, this is like winning the Wimbledon of squash – no-one in South America has achieved this before, I’m a legend I think I can say. I’m so happy to be in the hall of fame here with Jahngir Khan and David Palmer – I haven’t worked with him for the past two years, but I learned so much from him, from my physical trainer, all my coaches.

“Most of the fifth game we were playing at the back court and when I had that match ball I decided to go for a boast and I hit the shot and it was a winner and I couldn’t believe that I was able to fight with a top player like Mohamed – he has achieved so many titles. I can’t believe that I am 32-year-old and I just won the British Open.”

Result
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-2: 11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-9 (102m)