Nour El Sherbini and Ali Farag both retained their World Championship titles ©PSA

Nour El Sherbini and Ali Farag maintained their iron grip at the Professional Squash Association World Championships as both defended their titles in style in Chicago.

The pair each claimed straight games victories in all-Egyptian affairs at the American city's Union Station.

El Sherbini, the second seed, has now won the women's title five times in a row and seven in total.

She defeated top seed Nouran Gohar 11-6, 11-4, 12-10 in 38 minutes as the two players contested the final for the third consecutive time.

The run of five women's titles in a row means El Sherbini has matched the record of Malaysian legend Nicol David.

El Sherbini is also now only one title shy of David's all-time record of eight.

Nour El Sherbini is closing in on Nicol David's record of eight women's world titles ©PSA
Nour El Sherbini is closing in on Nicol David's record of eight women's world titles ©PSA

"I'm over the moon to win my seventh World Championship," the 27-year-old said. 

"It's huge and special for me and I can't believe I did it, I'm so happy. 

"Of course, I'm happy that I'm closer to Nicol's record. 

"She's a legend and what she did was amazing and unbelievable. 

"I've always been looking up to her, so to put my name beside her is something special and huge for me."

World number four Farag won his third men's title in a row and his fourth crown in all as he saw off Karim Abdel Gawad 12-10, 11-6, 11-6 in 44 minutes.

Gawad was playing in the final just seven months after being consigned to a wheelchair with a heel injury, but could not make it two world titles after his success in 2016.

"The emotions are so raw, it's so hard to put it into words," said 31-year-old Farag.

"It's so special. 

"No matter how many times you go through it, it's even more special than the time before. 

"Especially against such a champion like Karim, I'm super relieved and super happy.

"Two months ago we played a practice match and we were limping and the standard wouldn't have even earned us a place in the World Championship, let alone the final. 

"To come all the way through to reach the final is a very proud achievement for the two of us." 

Egypt's dominance of world squash means no other country has lifted either world title since 2015, when Grégory Gaultier of France won the men's final.