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Matthew and Welily win Windy City world series titles

Nick Matthew and Raneem El Welily are the 2015 Windy City Open champions …

Men’s Final
[4] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)  11-7, 11-2, 11-7 (62m)

Matthew Storms To Windy City Open Title
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SH1471134-year-old Englishman Nick Matthew produced a squash masterclass to see off World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy 3-0 to win the final of the 2015 Windy City Open presented by Guggenheim Partners and EquiTrust Life Insurance Company in Chicago.

The victory sees Matthew become the oldest ever winner of a PSA World Series event and also sees him collect his 32nd career title – and first PSA World Series trophy since winning the 2013 Hong Kong Open.

The Sheffield-based man played with precision and determination from the opening point as he dominated proceedings, absorbing everything the powerful Egyptian threw at him to secure the title 11-7, 11-2, 11-7 in 62-minutes, with the opening game alone taking 27-minutes.

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“You always go into a match with a game plan but it’s another thing being able to execute it against someone like Mohamed because he plays at such a fast pace and takes away your thinking time,” said Matthew.

“But I felt I played well when under pressure today. I was patent and picked my times to attack well and I’m just delighted to get another World Series win.”

In an display of ultimate precision the three-time World Champion made just two errors throughout the entire match as he kept up a relentless pace to win his second tournament inside a month, adding to the CASE Swedish Open he collected in February.

“I’m really enjoying my squash at the minute,” he said. “I guess I’m in the twilight of my career – the end is closer than the beginning – but I managed to take my change tonight against someone who has been in incredible form recently.

“I’m sure we’re going to have a few more battles to come before I retire and hopefully I can come back here next year to defend the title.”

Women’s Final:
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [1] Nicol David (MAS) 14-16, 12-10, 11-7, 11-7 (57m)

El Welily Downs David For Career-Biggest Title
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Egypt’s world No.2 Raneem El Welily claimed the biggest WSA World Tour squash title of her career when she upset Malaysian favourite Nicol David in the final of the Windy City Open presented by Guggenheim and EquiTrust Life Insurance Company in Chicago, USA.

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David, the 31-year-old world No.1, was celebrating the 99th Tour final of her career in the WSA World Series at the University Club of Chicago – and reached the climax in style without dropping a game.

By contrast, 26-year-old El Welily was taken the full distance in her semi-final against sixth seed Camille Serme – and was forced to fight back from 2/1 down before beating the world No.6 from France.

The Cairo queen went into the final 3/17 down on a career head-to-head record with David over the past ten years.

And David, who has topped the world rankings unopposed since August 2006, took the lead after surviving a tense first game tie-break.

The second game also went to a tie-break, which El Welily won to draw level.

El Welily continued to maintain the upper hand, and after 57 minutes recorded the biggest win of her life by beating the sport’s dominant player for almost a decade 14-16, 12-10, 11-7, 11-7.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to win,” said El Welily, who scored 29 winners in the match, against 19 by her illustrious opponent. “I always enjoy playing Nicol – and all credit to her, she played a great tournament and a great match. She’s a great athlete.”

When reminded of her recent World Championship clash with David, when she squandered a match-ball in the final, El Welily commented: “I thought I’d forgotten about that match until I was 2/1 up and had match-ball at 10-6.

“I’m glad to have pushed and managed to win today. I’m absolutely happy!”

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