Mohamed ElSherbini and Omar Abdel Meguid continued their intense rivalry.
And the standing room only crowd at the squash courts at Lethbridge College were the beneficiaries as the second annual Lethbridge Squash Association’s ScotiaMcLeod/Charlton & Hill Lethbridge Pro-Am wrapped up Sunday afternoon.
In a a rematch from a previous tournament, both athletes from Egypt kept the competitive fires burning in a heated tilt that went the five-game distance in front of a thoroughly entertained hometown crowd before ElSherbini prevailed in the fifth set to claim first place and the $1,900 cheque.
ElSherbini’s repeat win over his rival didn’t come easy.
“The final is always tense and there was a lot of pressure on me and on him,” said ElSherbini, 26, who defeated Meguid in the final of the Qualico Manitoba Open in Winnipeg last weekend and is currently ranked 74th in the world.
“He’s a great player. We played against each other in the last tournament in the final as well. This final was definitely a lot harder because it’s my second time, so we’ve learned a lot about each other. This time he was prepared for me and he wanted to get his revenge. But I just didn’t want to go down and I wanted to continue my streak and keep winning.”
Meguid came into Sunday’s game ranked 56th in the world.
“Today I learned a lot from the last match, but I didn’t actually quite try to get the ball in the right positions all the time. Unfortunately, in the first three games I was trying to get the ball away from his reach because he’s quite long and large.”
“So I was trying to keep the ball away from his reach all the way into the corners. It started working out and paying off after the third game. But I am glad I found my rhythm in my mojo again and I’m glad I won.”
Sunday’s title comes a week after the win in Winnipeg in ElSherbini’s first jaunt to Canadian soil.
“March has been great for me. This is my second tournament and it’s definitely been great. I’m very glad that I want and I’m looking forward to more tournaments.”
He enjoyed the past one in southern Alberta.
“I loved it,” said ElSherbini. “I’m very thankful to my billets. Bob and Krystal (Cruickshank) have been taking good care of me. We had all the food we wanted and all the rides we wanted and it’s been great.”
With the ScotiaMcLeod/Charlton & Hill Lethbridge Pro-Am secured, ElSherbini is headed overseas next.
And as the draw will have it, he’ll play Meguid again.
“I’m playing two tournaments in Pakistan and I’m playing this guy again in the first round,” said ElSherbini. “So hopefully it will be another battle and we live to fight another day.”
In other action this weekend, Domi Diaz won the Adult A Singles title with a win over Ryan D Boorsma, while Becks Dudley was tops in the Adult B Singles and Ryan Giese was the runner-up.
Adam Clampitt captured the Adult C Singles with a win over Dickson Ng.
Art Brouwer took home the Adult D Singles bragging rights, while Scott Beck placed second.
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