Elshorbagy and El Welily 2015 ToC Champion

24-year-old World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy reinforced his position at the top of the squash ladder ...

... with an impressive performance in the final of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions to see off England's Nick Matthew 3-1 and claim his fourth major PSA World Series title.


Under the spectacular chandeliers in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall, the duo, who have developed a testy-rivalry on the tour in the last two years, produced a thrilling spectacle in front of a sold-out crowd with Elshorbagy eventually out-powering the man ten years his elder.
Matthew started the match in the ascendency and used his wealth of court-craft to take the opening game but Elshorbagy's ferocious pace and power saw him claw his way back into the match and turn the tide, to establish a 2-1 lead.

In the fourth game Matthew looked en route to levelling the scores once again but saw the opportunity slip from his hands after an unforced error when 9-7 ahead, followed by an unlucky bounce at 9-8, saw Elshorbagy rally and from then on the Bristol-based-Egyptian refused to give in.

Despite saving one match ball Matthew couldn't find enough in his locker to hold on as Elshorbagy romped home to complete a memorable night for Egyptian squash in the Big Apple, with Raneem El Welily also taking the women's title with victory over Alison Waters.

 Winning this championship means so much - that a loss like the one at the World Championship won't break me down, that I am dealing with the pressure of being no. 1 and that I deserve to be there."

 34-year-old Matthew said: "I really enjoyed the match tonight. You get to a stage in your career when you just have to enjoy the experience because you might not have many more of them."


Result: Final - JP Morgan Tournament of Champions

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt [3] Nick Matthew (ENG) 3-1: 5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 12-10 [83m]

[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) def. [5] Alison Waters (ENG) 3-1: 9-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-4  [48 mins]