DAVID COMPLETES FIRST U.S. OPEN THREE-PEAT; ELSHORBAGY ROLLS OVER SHABANA

TODAY at the U.S. Open 2014 – Daily Reports

It was a mixture of youth and experience that triumphed in the finals of the Delaware Investments U.S. Open in Philadelphia – Nicol David beat Nour El Sherbini to claim a third title in a row while Mohamed Elshorbagy celebrated his rise to world #1 with victory over Amr Shabana.

Women’s Final:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) d [7] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 11-5, 12-10, 12-10 (41m)
Men’s Final:
[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) d [4] Amr Shabana (EGY) 8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3 (45m)
Mohamed Elshorbagy and Nicol David (center) were crowned the 2014 Delaware Investments U.S. Open champions tonight. Joining them on the ASB GlassCourt for the trophy presentation were Kevin Klipstein (US Squash CEO), John Finnegan (Delaware Investments, Senior VP), Amr Shabana (runner-up), Nour El Sherbini (runner-up), John Fry (Drexel University President) and Eric Zillmer (Drexel University Athletic Director).

Mohamed Elshorbagy and Nicol David (center) were crowned the 2014 Delaware Investments U.S. Open champions tonight. Joining them on the ASB GlassCourt for the trophy presentation were Kevin Klipstein (US Squash CEO), John Finnegan (Delaware Investments, Senior VP), Amr Shabana (runner-up), Nour El Sherbini (runner-up), John Fry (Drexel University President) and Eric Zillmer (Drexel University Athletic Director).

Three In a Row For David

SH_5206Malaysian superstar Nicol David (right) claimed her third Delaware Investments U.S. Open title in a row as she beat surprise finalist Nour El Sherbini in straight games in today’s final at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

With heavy strapping on her right thigh, the Egyptian teenager looked to be struggling with her movement in the first game as David pushed her to all corners of the court. Sherbini was getting to most of the shots, but it looked to be a bit of a struggle as David forged leads of 4-2, 7-2 and 10-4 before taking the game 11-5.

SH_5196For the next two games, however, Sherbini matched David all the way. Looking calmer and more controlled, she was moving better, hitting better, and we had a real contest on our hands.

Sherbini was a point or two ahead for most of the second, but it was David who got to game ball first at 10-9, doubling her lead at the second attempt, 12-10, as Sherbini’s dropshot clipped the tin.

SH_5201In the third it was David with a slight early advantage, but Sherbini continued to play well, drew level at 7-all and earned three game balls at 10-7. But David is renowned for comebacks, and while she showed no sign of making a mistakle, Sherbini was forced into three miscues—the third being an attempted long drop that found the tin and elicited a loud shreik from the youngster.

SH_5205Another tin gave David match ball, but as she served the ball broke, delaying the final point as the new one was warmed up.

It didn’t take long to finish as David forced a weak boast and drove it into the corner out of Sherbini’s reach to claim a third U.S. Open title.

“I don’t believe it. I was really just in the game, I’m sill thinking that I need to keep warming up that ball,” said David.

SH_5229“Sherbini played such a good game of squash, and I really had to play even better because it was so difficult out there and to win that title.

“I think with Sherbini it’s more of just getting in the groove.

“I think in the second game she just found the rhythm and flow, and also just good shots and she was really putting on the pressure. So I had to keep up with that pace and, at the same time, bring my game forward so I’m really pleased with that.

“I’m so pleased. Really happy to win another U.S. Open.”

Elshorbagy Steamrolls Shabana

14US28508Twenty-four hours before tonight’s U.S. Open men’s final, Egyptian Mohamed Elshorbagy (left) learned he would be world No. 1 on November 1. His reaction, with his mother in the crowd, was emotional after achieving a life-long dream. So the best player in the world could be forgiven for having a letdown in the final against countryman Amr Shabana.

“I’m just really happy this happened in front of [my mother],” said Elshorbagy of becoming world No. 1. “Just really happy I could maker her proud.”

14US28556In the opening game, it appeared that just might be the case as he looked lethargic, while Shabana came out firing. An early 5-2 lead for the Maestro was all he needed because Elshorbagy never got closer than 8-9 before Shabana closed out the first game, 11-8.

“Obviously he outplayed me in the first game,” said Elshorbagy.

The second began in similar fashion, with Shabana running out to a 6-2 lead, which is when everything changed. Elshorbagy began applying pressure by stepping forward, increasing the pace with impressive drives to the back corners, and forced Shabana into a handful of errors to draw even at 7-7. The pair traded points to nine but Elshorbagy secured the game, 11-9.

14US28847“Shabana kind of lost his concentration and there was this little chance I could come back in the match,” Elshorbagy said of his recovery from dropping the opening game.

The third and fourth were lopsided in favor of Elshorbagy as a string of tins in both games by Shabana essentially handed the younger Egyptian his first U.S. Open title.

SH_5230“I’m just overwhelmed; I don’t know what to say,” said an elated Elshorbagy after the final.

“This week has been great. It’s been a dream. I came here with the goal of winning this tournament before becoming world No. 1 because winning this tournament is such a great honor.”

Elshorbagy went on to say, “I always thought that if I don’t get the number one ranking this year, maybe I’ll be able to get it at another tournament. But you only get to play the U.S. Open once when you’re twenty-three years old. I had only one shot at it. I’m really just glad I did it.”

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TODAY at the U.S. Open 2014 – Daily Reports