Egypt enjoyed a double triumph at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions after Mohamed Elshorbagy and Nour El Sherbini won the men’s and women’s finals respectively at Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
World number one Elshorbagy continued his recent dominance over England’s Nick Matthew in the men’s showdown to defend his crown and extend his unbeaten run over his opponent to four matches.
The pair have one of the most intense rivalries on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour and went head-to-head in a nail-biting 93-minute spectacle that saw Elshorbagy repeat his heroics against the Englishman, who he defeated in last year’s final, with an 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6 success.
Elshorbagy has been in superb form after capturing both the Qatar Classic and the Hong Kong Open in recent months.
His latest victory sees him strengthen his lead on the PSA Road to Dubai Standings, which determines qualification for the season-ending World Series Finals.
"It’s a great start for me to 2016 and I’m glad," said Elshorbagy, whose victory ensured a third consecutive PSA World Series title.
"Nick and myself always have such great battles.
"I told him after the match that it’s always an honour to play him in a World Series final and I was really happy to get my second title here.
"I really enjoyed the match today and I look forward to having more great battles with him in the future."
Meanwhile, the women’s final saw Egyptian number two El Sherbini scoop the most lucrative title of her career to date after overcoming home favourite Amanda Sobhy.
El Sherbini subsequently claimed part of the biggest prize fund in the tournament’s history with this year's edition offering parity in prize money for the first time ever.
The 20-year-old was in the form of her life after defeating 2014 winner Nicol David of Malaysia in the previous round, and played with a maturity beyond her years to secure an 11-4, 9-11, 12-10, 11-8 victory and capture her first-ever PSA World Series crown.
"It’s an unbelievable feeling, I can’t express it," said El Sherbini.
"Words can’t describe how I’m feeling now.
"This one is really special and to win it is something that I’m never going to forget.
"I’m really glad that I won this year, I’m really happy."