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Marwan ElShorbagy takes on Karim Abdel Gawad during the final of the 2019-20 CIB PSA World Tour Finals

World Tour Finals: ElShorbagy Lifts Men's Title

Egypt’s World No.7 Marwan ElShorbagy is the 2019-2020 CIB PSA World Tour Finals winner after beating defending champion Karim Abdel Gawad in straight-games.

ElShorbagy has been in impressive form since the PSA Tour returned from its six month suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, showing signs of getting back to the form that saw him reach a career-high ranking of World No.3 back in 2018.

And the World No.7 laid down another marker to being one of the players to beat this season as he dominated former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad at the Mall of Arabia to win his first World Tour Finals title.

Gawad, who won the trophy last year after defeating Mohamed Abouelghar, was unable to come up with any reply to the attacking prowess of ElShorbagy who hit all of his targets to take a comfortable 11-6, 11-5, 11-3 victory in 47 minutes.

“My performance couldn’t have gone any better today,” said ElShorbagy.

“Tactically, mentally – I was really looking forward to today. I think this is the best I’ve played since the beginning of the season, I knew that I could play at this level, I was just waiting for the moment and it couldn’t have come at a better moment. I’m really happy with the win tonight and I’m already looking forward to next week.

“Karim is a great player. I was joking with Ali [Farag] yesterday because we played last night in the semi-finals, we said that last night was our final because Karim never loses in Cairo, but of course as soon as I got inside the match I didn’t think about that. I was really happy with my performance, it’s been a really tough two years for me. The last time I played a World Tour Finals was after El Gouna in 2018, so to go through those two years and come back here and win, it means a lot to me and family – this is for them.

“Mohamed [ElShorbagy] better be worried! He’s the current No.1, he isn’t here and I’m being realistic, I would have loved to have played and beaten him here but I still have a lot of work to do. He is the greatest player of our generation and he’s been there for a long time for a reason. I hope I will be giving him a hard time this year.

“Thanks to my team, I want to thank Haitham Effat for being more than a coach for me. He’s been always there for me and he’s the reason why I’m playing how I’m playing, I really want to thank him so much for this. I also want to thank Mark Campbell, who has improved me physically so much and he’s a great guy, I trust the work he gives me and trust in him. I also want to thank Danny Massaro, Nick Matthew – who I speak to before every match tactically and Hadrian Stiff. These guys have been great for me. My parents have given them a hard time and I love them so much, this is for them.

“Thanks to CIB for supporting our sport and Hussein Abaza, who isn’t here. I want to thank all the sponsors and Karim Darwish for this event. Lee Beachill and Tim Garner, who are protecting the players this week and last week and are doing such a great job and everyone who came out to watch us.”

[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-3 (47m)

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