It was a mixture of youth and experience that triumphed in the finals of the Delaware Investments U.S. Open in Philadelphia – Nicol David beat Nour El Sherbini to claim a third title in a row while Mohamed Elshorbagy celebrated his rise to world #1 with victory over Amr Shabana.
 Nicol David (MAS) d  Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 11-5, 12-10, 12-10 (41m)
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) d  Amr Shabana (EGY) 8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3 (45m)
Three In a Row For David
Malaysian superstar Nicol David (right) claimed her third Delaware Investments U.S. Open title in a row as she beat surprise finalist Nour El Sherbini in straight games in today’s final at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
With heavy strapping on her right thigh, the Egyptian teenager looked to be struggling with her movement in the first game as David pushed her to all corners of the court. Sherbini was getting to most of the shots, but it looked to be a bit of a struggle as David forged leads of 4-2, 7-2 and 10-4 before taking the game 11-5.
Sherbini was a point or two ahead for most of the second, but it was David who got to game ball first at 10-9, doubling her lead at the second attempt, 12-10, as Sherbini’s dropshot clipped the tin.
In the third it was David with a slight early advantage, but Sherbini continued to play well, drew level at 7-all and earned three game balls at 10-7. But David is renowned for comebacks, and while she showed no sign of making a mistakle, Sherbini was forced into three miscues—the third being an attempted long drop that found the tin and elicited a loud shreik from the youngster.
It didn’t take long to finish as David forced a weak boast and drove it into the corner out of Sherbini’s reach to claim a third U.S. Open title.
“I don’t believe it. I was really just in the game, I’m sill thinking that I need to keep warming up that ball,” said David.
“I think with Sherbini it’s more of just getting in the groove.
“I think in the second game she just found the rhythm and flow, and also just good shots and she was really putting on the pressure. So I had to keep up with that pace and, at the same time, bring my game forward so I’m really pleased with that.
“I’m so pleased. Really happy to win another U.S. Open.”
Elshorbagy Steamrolls Shabana
Twenty-four hours before tonight’s U.S. Open men’s final, Egyptian Mohamed Elshorbagy (left) learned he would be world No. 1 on November 1. His reaction, with his mother in the crowd, was emotional after achieving a life-long dream. So the best player in the world could be forgiven for having a letdown in the final against countryman Amr Shabana.
“I’m just really happy this happened in front of [my mother],” said Elshorbagy of becoming world No. 1. “Just really happy I could maker her proud.”
In the opening game, it appeared that just might be the case as he looked lethargic, while Shabana came out firing. An early 5-2 lead for the Maestro was all he needed because Elshorbagy never got closer than 8-9 before Shabana closed out the first game, 11-8.
“Obviously he outplayed me in the first game,” said Elshorbagy.
The second began in similar fashion, with Shabana running out to a 6-2 lead, which is when everything changed. Elshorbagy began applying pressure by stepping forward, increasing the pace with impressive drives to the back corners, and forced Shabana into a handful of errors to draw even at 7-7. The pair traded points to nine but Elshorbagy secured the game, 11-9.
The third and fourth were lopsided in favor of Elshorbagy as a string of tins in both games by Shabana essentially handed the younger Egyptian his first U.S. Open title.
“This week has been great. It’s been a dream. I came here with the goal of winning this tournament before becoming world No. 1 because winning this tournament is such a great honor.”
Elshorbagy went on to say, “I always thought that if I don’t get the number one ranking this year, maybe I’ll be able to get it at another tournament. But you only get to play the U.S. Open once when you’re twenty-three years old. I had only one shot at it. I’m really just glad I did it.”