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The Alexandria Quartet

Following, as I do, the progress of PSA tournaments, one can’t assist however discover sure patterns. One such sample, specifically the looks of Egyptian gamers in world rating match finals, hardly wants point out. But the background of these gamers additionally lends itself to some attention-grabbing statistics.

Not surprisingly, most of Egypt’s prime gamers originate primarily from the capital, Cairo, and the nation’s second largest metropolis, Alexandria. So, how have world ranked gamers from the 2 cities fared over current months?

I made a decision to seek out out and regarded on the outcomes from 10 world rating match finals (5 males’s and 5 ladies’s) during the last four months, specifically:

The Tournament of Champions (January 2018)

The Saudi Women’s Masters (January 2018)

The World Championships (December 2017)

The Hong Kong Open (November 2017)

The Qatar Classic (October 2017)

The US Open (October 2017)

Of the 20 finalist locations, 19 have been crammed by Egyptian gamers and only one by a non-Egyptian, Germany’s Simon Rosner, Winner of the Tournament of Champions in New York. Of the 19 locations occupied by Egyptians, 6 have been taken by three gamers from Cairo with 13 being taken by four gamers hailing from Alexandria. The ‘Alexandria quartet’ gained 7 tournaments and was runner up in 6 whereas the ‘Cairo trio’ gained 2 and was runner-up in four.

The Alexandria quartet, as you might have guessed, contains: present ladies’s world Nos.1 and a couple of, Nour El Sherbini and Raneem El Welily respectively; and present males’s world No. 2 Mohamed El Shorbagy collectively together with his older brother (and world No.four), Marwan. Of the 4, solely Marwan El Shorbagy has didn’t win a minimum of one match, his defeat within the remaining of The World Championships (by the hands of his brother) being his solely contribution to the quartet’s finalist haul (see beneath.)

The Cairo trio contains: present ladies’s world No.three, Nour El Tayeb, males’s world No.three, Ali Farag, and world No.7, Tarek Momen. At the US Open, El Tayeb and Farag had the excellence of changing into the primary married couple to win their tournaments  on the identical world-ranked occasion.

As I write, the Windy City Open in Chicago has reached the semi-final stage. Three of the Alexandria quartet, the El Shorbagy brothers and Raneem El Welily, are nonetheless in rivalry, the latter having crushed the fourth member, Nour El Sherbini, of their quarter-final match (see beneath.) All three of the Cairo trio are additionally via.

I make that 6 semi-finalists out of eight.

If I didn’t know any higher, I’d say that historical past has a 75% probability of repeating itself. But then, statistics has by no means been my sturdy level.


Thanks to PSA World Tour.

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