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New Zealand’s Joelle King and Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy are the 2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open champions after they claimed respective wins over Raneem El Welily and Ali Farag at Hong Kong Park Sports Centre earlier today.
World No.7 King has lifted the first PSA World Tour Platinum trophy of her career after a sublime performance from the 30-year-old saw her defeat World No.2 and 2017 runner-up Raneem El Welily by an 11-4, 12-10, 19-17 scoreline.
The Kiwi dominated proceedings in the opening game and was able to see out the second on the tie-break to put one hand on the trophy. El Welily – who will become World No.1 on December 1 – came out firing in a captivating third game as she looked to avoid defeat in the final of this tournament for a fourth time.
But it was King who came out on top to capture the 12th PSATour title of her career, while she becomes the first New Zealander since Carol Owens at the Tournament of Champions in 2003 to win a Platinum tournament.
“I’m just extremely happy to win my first platinum event ever,” said King, who qualifies for the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals as a result.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but to be on a stage like this, with such great fans means a lot. I just want to go on from here and keep playing good squash.
“I just kept thinking that it’s the last match of the tournament – just leave it all out there. Raneem is such a tough competitor and she showed in the third why she is No.1. She just kept coming back at me and never let it go until the end.”
Result – Women’s Final: 2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open
 Joelle King (NZL) bt  Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 12-10, 19-17 (48m)