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Three Egyptians through to semi-finals of squash ‘Tournament of Champions’
Three Egyptians made it through to semi-finals of the JP Morgan ‘Tournament of Champions’ which are being held at Grand Central Terminal in New York, USA.
Mohamed Elshorbagy was the first to make it through after defeating compatriot Omar Mosaad 3-1 in the quarter-finals, celebrating the win on his birthday. Elshorbagy lost the first game 11-9 but came back to win the next 3 games 11-8, 11-5 and 12-10.
The other Elshorbagy brother, Marwan, lost 3-2 to world number three Nick Matthew. The Pharaoh surged into the lead, winning the first two games 12-10 and 11-7 but Matthew showed true spirit and came back to win the next three games 11-7, 11-6 and 11-6.
Mohamed Elshorbagy is set to face Frenchaman Mathieu Castagnet in the semi-final with the winner to meet the winner between world number two, ‘The French General’ Gregory Gaultier and world number three Nick Matthew.
El Sherbini defeated world number three French woman Camille Serme 3-2 in what was a tight match. Serme won the first game 12-0 but El Sherbini came back to win the second match 11-9. Serme then responded and won the third match 11-5 for Sherbini to come back once more and win the fourth 11-8 and in what was an exciting fifth set El Sherbini triumphed, winning 11-9 and winning the match.
Eighteen-year-old Nouran Gohar defeated world number one English Laura Massaro 3-2 in another thrilling 5-match game. Massaro won the first game 12-10 but Gohar drew level 1-1 after winning the second match 11-9. Massaro then won the second 11-5 but that wasn’t enough for a win. Gohar showed her determination, as the youngster won the fourth and fifth games 11-8 and 11-9 to win the match.
Omneya Abdel Kawy was close to joining her colleagues in the semi-finals having lost to Nicol David 2-3. David won the first match 11-6 for Kawy to comeback and win the next two matches 12-10 both. David didn’t give up as she came back and won the last two matches 11-3 and 11-5.
Gohar is set to face American-Egyptian Amanda Sobhy in the semi-finals and the winner is to encounter the winner between El Sherbini and David in the final.