For the first time, there will be an all-Egyptian men’s and women’s final at the British Open, with four Egyptians featuring in the finals. The results mean that Egyptians will win both British Open titles.
On Sunday, Ramy Ashour clenched the historic moment after producing a formidable performance to defeat Gregory Gaultier of France. Ashour’s performance was hailed by AFP as “breathtaking” and “stunning”.
Ashour will face his compatriot Mohamed El Shorbagy, the top-seeded titleholder, who defeated Karim Abdel Gawad in the semi-finals.
On the women’s side, Nour El Sherbini defeated world number two Nicol David in another remarkable performance, while 18-year-old Nouran Gohar defeated defending champion Camille Sermie.
Gohar’s achievement means that she has a chance of becoming the first player ever to win the British Open’s senior and junior championships simultaneously. However, she will face a tough challenge against favorite El Sherbini in the finals.
Regardless of who wins the women’s finals, it will mark the first time an Egyptian women has clinched the top title at the British Open.
Speaking to AFP, El Shorbagy said that the all Egyptian finals are a great moment for Egypt.
“It is such a great moment for Egypt and it’s a great honor to be part of that,” said El Shorbagy. “We all feel proud – we are making a piece of history. I am really happy for my country.”