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Squash: David seals 10th Hong Kong title; Elshorbagy retains men’s

Nicol David and Mohamed Elshorbagy retained their Hong Kong Open titles.

Nicol David and Mohamed Elshorbagy retained their Hong Kong Open titles.

December 6, 2015: Former World No. 1 Nicol David won her 10th straight Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open title with a comprehensive 3-0 (15-13, 11-5, 11-3) win over English rival Laura Massaro, who will become No. 1 in January.

 

David hit an astounding 30 winners during the 39-minute encounter to collect her 80th PSA title in her 100th final and end Massaro’s 14-match unbeaten streak.

 

“Winning the title in Hong Kong tonight for the 10th time means so, so much to me,” said David, who hasn’t lost in the city since 2004, starting with victory at the 2005 World Championship. “I love playing here and it’s a very special place for me. I really wanted to win this title and end the year strongly, so winning tonight was extra special. I enjoyed every minute on court.

 

“I felt good and I think that was one of my best performances in quite a while. I know she’s a fighter who comes back strong, but I wanted it so badly today that I think that was the difference. I wanted to attack from the start and just give it everything I had to get my hands on the trophy.”

 

David enjoyed a record 109-month streak as World No.1 before losing her top position to Raneem El Welily earlier in 2015, a low-key season by David’s standards.

 

“This tournament has been one of the best I have ever played and from now on it’s all upwards,” David said. “If I keep playing the way I’m playing and performing well then I know titles will start to come again.”

 

Massaro said: “It was a high quality match and I tried to fight for every point but it was just too much in the end. The first game was crucial and it could have been a different match if I’d taken that one, but Nicol was playing at her best today and I was a little off my best, and that was ultimately the difference.”

 

Mohamed Elshorbagy successfully defended his men’s title by downing surprise title-challenger Cameron Pilley 3-0.

 

Elshorbagy, who fell to World No. 2 after a disappointing third-round exit at last month’s PSA World Championship, stuttered at times, but the 24-year-old Egyptian ultimately used his big match experience to restrict the hard-hitting Australian and win 11-8, 11-6, 11-8.

 

“Winning a major final is always a great feeling and I really wanted to come here and defend the title I won last year,” said Elshorbagy. “Hong Kong is one of the biggest tournaments and titles on the tour and there are some great names on that trophy so it’s an honour to know that my name will be on there beside them once again.

 

The former World No. 1 was full of praise for Pilley, who defeated World No. 7 Simon Rösner, No.1 Gregory Gaultier and No. 3 Nick Matthew en route to the final.

 

“Cameron has had a great week, beating Greg and Nick especially, but I am pleased with how I was able to put it all together this week and especially tonight,” Elshorbagy said. “I feel like I’ve dealt well with the tournament mentally all week and I’m very happy to win and end the year on a high.”

 

Men’s Final

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-8 (41m)

 

Women’s Final

[2] Nicol David (MAS) bt [3] Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-0: 15-13, 11-5, 11-3 (39m)

 

Source: PSA (https://psaworldtour.com/); Editing by SportAsia

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