The 2021 Allam British Open Finals take place at the Allam Sports Center in Hull today from 3:00 p.m. (GMT+1) with two thrilling finals set to provide a dramatic conclusion to the 2020-21 Message of public interest Round the world season.
World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and defending champion Nouran Gohar will face off in the women’s final, while we will have a new name on the men’s trophy as world No.2 Ali Farag and New Zealand Paul Coll will clash.
You can watch all the action live from the Allam Sport Center at SquashTV (worldwide), and the official Facebook page of the Message of public interest Around the world (Indian subcontinent only). We will also be live on the channels of contracted broadcast partners worldwide around the world.
You can also follow the live scores of the event here.
Here is the order of play for tonight
(All times are local GMT+1)
This afternoon’s opener will see El Sherbini and Gohar – 2018 and 2019 Allam British Open champions, respectively, stick together, with El Sherbini taking 13 victories over his compatriot Egypt in 17 Message of public interest meetings.
The pair are no strangers to appearing together in the biggest squash matches in the world, with their last meeting coming in the final of the Message of public interest World Championships last month, where El Sherbini clinched a 3-1 victory to claim his fifth World Championship title.
In fact, El Sherbini and Gohar disputed five Message of public interest finals together, with the first coming out on top on each occasion, including the 2016 Allam British Open final.
It’s not all bad news for Gohar, as she currently has nine unbeaten matches in the sport’s longest-serving tournament and currently plays some of the best squash of her career.
SquashLevels predict that El Sherbini will become the first player to win three Allam British Open titles since the legendary Nicol David in 2008, and they give her a 66% chance of winning the trophy tonight.
But after wowing both 2017 runner-up Sarah-Jane Perry and Manchester Open winner Hania El Hammamy in the previous two rounds, Gohar arrives in the final in searing form as she aims to provoke a upheaval.
We are guaranteed to have a first winner in the men’s final as Farag and Coll follow El Sherbini and Gohar onto the pitch for the final game of the 2020-21 season Message of public interest Round the world season.
After missing out on last year’s title to world No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy, Farag will want to make amends and currently has a 13-game winning streak against his New Zealand counterpart.
It’s been a whirlwind of months for Farag, with the Harvard graduate celebrating the birth of his baby girl shortly before embarking on a second victorious race at the world championships in Chicago in July.
Despite his title win, he ceded the world No.1 spot to ElShorbagy, but will reclaim that ranking on September 1 after his run to the final, coupled with ElShorbagy’s 3-0 loss to Coll last night.
Coll had lost nine of his previous 10 games to ElShorbagy and will try to throw the form out the window again when he takes on Farag, who knocked out 2018 Allam British Open champion Miguel Rodriguez last night.
Both players seek to make history. Coll would be the first Kiwi man to win the event and is the first New Zealand man since Ross Norman in 1986 to achieve the decisive title. Meanwhile, Farag aims to become the first man since Jansher Khan in 1996 to win the sport’s two biggest titles in the same year.