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SQUASH: El Shorbagy, El Sherbiny reach Qatar Classic finals
World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy defeated Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly 3-0 (11-7, 11-4, 11-9) in 39 minutes, in a match dominated by Elshorbagy, to reach the final of the PSA World Series event.
The 24-year old Egyptian will defend his title against Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, who defeated Egypt’s Mazen Hesham in the semi-final.
Elshorbagy aims to win his second consecutive Qatar Classic title, with this being his fourth participation in the championship’s final.
“It’s great for me to get to final without dropping a game,” said Elshorbagy.
“I will be fresh for tomorrow. It’s the fourth year in a row that I’ve made it to the final here on my favourite court and it’s great confidence before the World Championship. I can’t wait to play the final tomorrow in front of the crowd here,” he added.
On the other hand, Nour El-Sherbini made it to the women’s final after beating the defending champion Nicol David in an impressive performance by the Egyptian.
World No.8 defeated David 3-2 (11-6, 10-12, 5-11, 11-4, 11-9) in a 60-minute encounter.
In the final, the 20-year old will face England’s Laura Massaro, World No.3, who reached the final after defeating Egypt’s Omneya Abdel Kawy. The final will be a repetition of the pair’s 2013 World Championship final match.
El Sherbini was pleased by the crowd’s support during the match, saying that she strives to win the championship on Friday.
“At the end I was really tired but the support was amazing and gave me confidence and I really wanted to win in front of them. I feel like I’m playing in Egypt, not Qatar, and that support is everything and I think that’s the reason I won today. I’m really pleased to be in final but there’s one more match so I’m not finished yet.
“I want to play well tomorrow and win,” said El Sherbini.