Ali Farag & El Tayeb Seal U.S. Open Titles To Write Names Into Sports History

Egyptian couple Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb wrote their names into the history books as they triumphed at the 2017 U.S. Open to become the first married couple in sporting history ever to win the same major sports title on the same day.
 
Competing inside Philadelphia's Drexel University the duo, who married last summer, defied the odds to defeat higher seeded and higher-ranked opposition to secure the first PSA World Series titles of their respective careers.
 
After defeating World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and fourth seed Laura Massaro to reach the title decider, her first appearance in a major final since losing the 2015 U.S. Open title decider, El Tayeb continued to play the best squash of her career to defeat compatriot Raneem El Welily in a breath-taking five-game encounter that saw her twice come from a game behind to take the spoils.
 
“I’ve been dreaming about it and working really hard for the last two and half years,” said El Tayeb. “I’ve been improving every single tournament - it feels amazing to back-up wins against top four athletes – it’s amazing and I hope this is just the start.
 
“As soon as I finished my match, I just wanted to watch Ali and I was so nervous. It’s a dream – I see him every day working hard so it feels really special that both of our first World Series titles happen to be together.”
 
Meanwhile Farag produced a masterclass performance to dethrone the defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy in straight-games to secure his first major title and establish himself amongst the sport’s elite.
 
“It’s a dream, especially that we have done it together,” said Farag. “We couldn’t have asked for a better week and I hope it’s the first of many to come together.
 
“I always believed in myself and this win is going to make me believe even more and hopefully I carry this momentum into future tournaments. I can enjoy the win but tomorrow I have to forget about it and move on. 
 
“It’s a good omen when Nour plays before me! It was a rollercoaster of emotions but I think I dealt with it really well and I couldn’t be happier!”
 
2017 U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management
Men’s Final:
[4] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 12-10, 11-9, 11-8
 
Women’s Final:
[10] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 8-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-7, 11-5

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