2016 Motor City Open Champion

It has to happened, this day has to come…
When a low ranking player defied the odds as they come..
In a place called the Motor City, showcasing a world squash tournament…

All the the world’s best men squash players are gathered in numbers…
Ranked a modest 22 in the world ,there was Ali Farag from Egypt ..

Aged 23, he is a another young squash player from the Land Of The Pyramids..
Last year he was a 88th in world rankings, was knocked out in the 1st round..

Having won 3 PSA tournaments prior to Motor City, now he was a different man…
Ranked 7th in this Motor City Tournament, Ali Farag had a daunting path indeed…

For in the second round, there was the world number one , Mohd El Shorbagy…
Facing a young man stout in heart and full of confidence, Shorbagy was rattled…

The young turk, an upstart by his standards, was of the same high standard..
Shorbagy took the first, a close one it was, only to trailed in the next 2 games…

Shorbagy as world number one, he gave a mighty effort and won the 4th game..
Going into the final 5th game, no quarter was given, none were asked…

Point for point, they fought, probed each other’s game as they rallied till the last…
The young Ali Farag, he showed the mettle of a champion to knock out his rival..

A final 12-10 win, and he has created the biggest upset win of this tournament….
Next round was the semifinals, world no.9 Mathieu Castagnet, a Frenchman …

Ali Farag fought and rallied hard, emerging a 3-1 winner after a long 78 minutes..
When the finals next came along, highly experienced Nick Matthew was The Man…

As world no.3 squash superstar, Nick was just as eager to be a winner,…
Youth versus experience, a young upstart going up against the 35 year old Nick….

It was an engrossing match of top quality squash that lasted all but 50 minutes…
For when the chips were down and curtains about to fell, the youthful Ali Farag..

He presevered and showed his class, bedazzling Nick Matthew 3-1 in 50 minutes..
So it has come to past, the youngest ever champion there in Motor City Open…

Ali Farag from Egypt, he took out 3 top-10 players to emerge 2016 champion!!!!

WOW !!!
By,

Jimmy Chin K.

  
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