Ali Farag and Nouran Gohar were crowned Egyptian Open champions ©PSA

Egypt's Nouran Gohar fended off three match points to eventually overcome rival and compatriot Nour El Sherbini in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Egyptian Open at the Giza Pyramid Complex.

The two players had met in the women’s final at the PSA World Championships and British Open, where El Sherbini emerged as the winner on both occasions.

Gohar appeared set to gain a measure of revenge when she claimed the opening two games 11-7, 11-4, but El Sherbini clawed her way back into the match as she sought to extend her impressive record against Gohar, having won 14 of their 18 meetings.

She levelled the match after winning the next two games 11-5, 11-7, before a tense finale to the match followed, with the deciding game taking the match over the hour mark.

Gohar held her nerve to save three championship points, eventually winning the decider 12-10.

"I feel like I am growing every match and Nour did everything in this game," said Gohar, who finished as the runner-up the past two years at the event.

"I just have to catch up with what she is doing.

"Having the rivalry with her right now is something big which I am really proud of.

"Playing the finals of all the big events is something I am really proud of and to win it today is something extra special for sure.

"I can’t actually believe it is the first time I have beaten her in a final in front of the Pyramids, in front of my friends and family, in front of the home crowd."

Ali Farag came from two games down to triumph in the men's final ©PSA
Ali Farag came from two games down to triumph in the men's final ©PSA

The men’s final - another all-Egypt affair - proved equally as dramatic with Ali Farag coming from two games down against Mohamed ElShorbagy to defend his title.

ElShorbagy impressively won the opening games 11-6, 11-9, only for Farag to storm back to win the third 11-2.

The world number one levelled the contest by winning the fourth 11-6, before maintaining his momentum to clinch the decider 11-5.

"I am feeling amazing," said Farag.

"It can’t get any better," said Farag.

"Playing at such a venue against the greatest rival of my career and the greatest of our generation.

"To be able to come back from 2-0 down is something that I am really proud of.

"As always, I am very proud to be able to share the court with such a great champion like Mohamed."

Both Farag and Gohar have booked their places at the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals following their victories.

The PSA said the players also earned over $41,000 (£30,000/€35,000) in prize money each, which is the most lucrative winner’s prize for a PSA Platinum event.