Egyptian duo Ali Farag and Nour El Sherbini are the 2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions winners after respective victories over compatriots and World No.1s Mohamed ElShorbagy and Raneem El Welily inside New York’s Grand Central Terminal earlier today.
World No.2 El Sherbini became the first woman ever to win the Tournament of Champions on three occasions after a dominant 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 victory over World No.1 El Welily saw her retain her title.
El Sherbini and El Welily were meeting for the first time since the latter had ended the former’s 31-month reign at World No.1 last month and El Welily – the 2015 Tournament of Champions winner – came into the match with a narrow 10-9 lead on their head-to-head record.
But things went El Sherbini’s way this time around as the 23-year-old put on a masterclass of attacking squash to lift her 18th career PSA title, which is her first of the season.
“This is my lucky place, this tournament was my first ever [Platinum] win and now it’s the first one I’ve won three times,” said El Sherbini, who also won the Tournament of Champions in 2016 and 2018.
“It’s really big to put my name on this trophy and to win this tournament, but to win it three times is something that I will never forget in my life.
“We’ve been battling against each other for so long, the head-to-head is 10-10, so that shows how tough it’s been. We’ve been battling in a lot of finals, sometimes it goes my way, sometimes it goes her way. At the end of the day, the better player is going to win, and I think I was better than her today. Maybe she was suffering after yesterday’s match, but I’m going to take the win and I’m going to look forward to the next one.”
Both players take home just shy of $23,000 in prize money, while El Sherbini joins Farag in qualifying for June's PSA World Tour Finals.
Result – Men’s Final: 2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
 Ali Farag (EGY) bt  Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-2: 10-12, 6-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 (84m)
Result – Women’s Final: 2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt  Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (38m)
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