Amr Shabana and Nicol David lifted the 2013 ATCO PSA World Series Squash trophies after dazzling performances on a thrilling final day at Queen’s Club.
Shabana, from Egypt, beat England’s Nick Matthew 3-1 (4/11, 11/2, 11/4, 11/7) in 57 minutes to successfully defend his title. David, who was also defending champion in the women’s event, defeated England’s Laura Massaro 3-0 (11/3, 11/2, 11/9) in 37 minutes.
“It’s an amazing feeling to win here again,” said Shabana, who dedicated to his win to his wife Nadjla. “I’ve been playing this tournament for ten years and I love it. When everything is so well taken care of and you feel like all you need to do is come and play squash, then it really makes you want to raise your game.”
He was full of praise for Matthew after their high-octane final. “Nick is one of the best athletes out there. When you play him there are very few areas of the court to hit to where he won’t punish you.”
“I didn’t play badly at all, he was just too good for me but I think he would have been too good for most people today,” said Matthew. “I tried to get my game in gear but he just wouldn’t let me. In the end it was a steam train.”
Malaysian superstar David remains unbeaten at Queen’s Club, which hosted the women’s World Series Finals for the first time last year. It was the second tournament in a row in which she and Massaro have met in the final after the World No.1 edged out the Englishwoman at the Cayman World Open last month, to win a record seventh World Open title.
“I knew that I had to start strong against her because she’s in front of her home crowd and otherwise she’d feed off the crowd. Instead I ended up feeding off the crowd myself,” said David.
Massaro was disappointed but said she would leave Queen’s Club in a positive frame of mind. “I’d say this week has been 80% positive and the key is to take the good from that and learn from the 20% that wasn’t so good,” she said.
ATCO World Series Finals, Queen’s Club, London, Finals:
Amr Shabana (EGY) bt Nick Matthew (ENG) 3-1 (4/11, 11/2, 11/4, 11/7 57m)
Nicol David (MAS) bt Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-0 (11/3, 11/2, 11/9 37m)