It’s finals night at the U.S. Open presented by Truist, with action beginning at 19:00 (GMT-4) at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia as new champions are crowned.
The finals are an all-Egyptian affair, with World No.6 Hania El Hammamy taking on World No.2 and defending U.S. Open champion Nouran Gohar in the women’s final. Former World Champion Tarek Momen takes on Mostafa Asal in the men’s final tonight.
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Here’s the Order of Play
(All times are local – GMT-4)
Hania El Hammamy v Nouran Gohar
The women’s final sees the defending U.S. Open champion, and World No.2, Nouran Gohar, aim to retain her crown, as she faces compatriot Hania El Hammamy.
The pair have met six times previously on the PSA World Tour, and it makes good reading for ‘the Terminator’, as she holds a perfect 100% record over El Hammamy. They have met three times this year, with Gohar dropping just two games. She took the win in their only meeting in a final, which came at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals earlier this year.
Gohar is also in imperious form this week, having not dropped a game through her four matches to get to this point. She started in the second round with a straight games win over USA’s Sabrina Sobhy, before beating the English duo of Alison Waters and Sarah-Jane Perry. A win over Olivia Fiechter in the last four saw her make the final with an average match time of just 33 minutes.
El Hammamy’s average match time pushes to 47 minutes, thanks to her hour-long battle with World No.1 Nour El Sherbini in the semi-finals, as she beat her fellow Egyptian in four games. Prior to that huge win for the 21-year-old, she got the better of Scotland’s Lisa Aitken, compatriot Nada Abbas and Kiwi No.1 Joelle King.
The pair both sit inside the top three on the SquashLevels Power Ratings, with yesterday’s results seeing Gohar move to the #1 spot, above El Sherbini. El Hammamy currently asks at #3 on their list, with ‘the Terminator’ expected to win 3-1 according to their algorithms.
Will El Hammamy add the U.S. Open to her growing list of major titles? Or can the World No.2 defend her crown and keep the pressure up for the top spot in the World Rankings?
Tarek Momen v Mostafa Asal
The men’s final is another all-Egyptian battle, with both men aiming to win on the big stage in the United States for the first time. Former World Champion Tarek Momen takes on Mostafa Asal for the title in Philadelphia this evening.
This will be the fifth meeting between the two on the PSA World Tour, with both players having won two fo the previous four. Asal has won the last two, at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals and the Oracle NetSuite Open, but Momen was the victor in both matches contested over the best-of-five format.
Momen has spent 205 minutes on court across his four matches so far at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center, starting off with a win over India’s Ramit and on in the second round. He then got the better of the English duo of Patrick Rooney and James Willstrop to make it into the semi-finals, where he needed 83 minutes and a last game decider to get the better of Welshman Joel Makin.
Mostafa Asal has an average match time of 81 minutes over the course of this event, but he started with a comfortable straight games victory over Spain’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu in the last 32. That was followed with a five-game win over Baptiste Masotti, before going for more than 100 minutes against Paul Coll. His semi-final victory over Peru’s Diego Elias lasted 96 minutes, as he withstood a comeback from ‘the Puma’ to win 3-2.
Thanks to his performances this week, Asal is now the #3 on the SquashLevels Power Ratings, while Momen is the #7. The algorithms predicts a victory for ‘the Raging Bull’ in five.
Can Momen add the U.S. Open to his World Championship crown from two years ago? Or will Asal claim a first Platinum title in Philadelphia?