James Willstrop denied in World Series Finals by resurgent Mohamed ElShorbagy

Yorkshire's James Willstrop was denied winning the PSA Dubai World Series Finals after losing out to world No 3 Mohamed ElShorbagy.

James Willstrop, lefvt, in action against Mohamed ElShorbagy in Dubai. Picture courtesy of PSA

Harrogate-based Willstrop, 33, was appearing in the final of the prestigious season-ending tournament for the first time after beating World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad in the previous round .

He was out for revenge after losing 2-0 to ElShorbagy in their Group B clash, which used a best-of-three games format.

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But he was unable to match the ferocity of ElShorbagy’s hitting as the Egyptian fought through to a 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 victory in 57 minutes.

Mohamed ElShorbagy and James Willstrop collide during their World Series Finals showdown. Picture courtesy of PSA.

“I thought I could win and went in giving it all I can,” said Willstrop.

“It’s an incredible group here this week, so to make the final was a great pleasure.

“I was loving every minute, apart from losing. He responded today and unified everything I tried to do. Full credit to him, he stopped me playing so there are no complaints.”

After winning his 254th tour title, ElShorbagy added; “To win this tournament has been a dream for so long.

Mohamed ElShorbagy and James Willstrop collide during their World Series Finals showdown. Picture courtesy of PSA.

“It’s a very emotional win. I lost some confidence in myself during the season but I feel like I bounced back this week.”