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Mohamed El Shorbagy and Raneem El Welily lose in Hong Kong Open
Huge upsets in the first world series tournament of the season, the Hong Kong Open, as men’s world Number 1 Mohamed El Shorbagy and Raneem El Welily lose in the second round.
The first world series tournament of the season happens to have many upsets as Mohamed El Shorbagy was eliminated in the second round from Australian Cameron Pilley after losing 3-2 in a staggering 91 minutes.
Pilley is set face Karim Abdel Gawad in the quarter-final who defeated fellow compatriot Mazen Hesham 3-1 in 53 minutes. Another all Egyptian match was between, The Artist, Ramy Ashour and world number 6 Marwan El Shorbagy.
After retiring against Shorbagy in the 2016 Gouna International Tournament due to a Knee Injury, Ashour’s determination to avenge himself was huge and successful as he defeated tournament seed number four 3-2 in a whopping 81 minutes.
Chinese Max Lee surprised the crowd after defeating Egyptian Ali Farag 3-1 in 51 minutes in front of his hometown supporters.
Tarek Momen lost from former world number one, Englishman, James Willstrop 3-1 in 59 minutes while Fares Dessouki cause another upset after defeating world champion and world ranked number two, Frenchman, Gregory Gaultier 3-2 in 83 minutes.
Mohamed ElShorbagy took to twitter after Dessouki’s win commenting on the defeat of the top four seeded players.
I can’t even remember the last time that none of the top 4 seeded players didn’t make the quarters in any of the World Series tournaments
— Mohamed Elshorbagy (@MoElshorbagy) August 25, 2016
In the women’s tournament world number one and world champion, Nour El Sherbini, beat Chinese Annie Au 3-1 on her own turf to face fellow Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy in the quarter-finals who defeated Indian Joshna Chinappa 3-0 in the second round.
Surprise of the women’s tournament was former Number one Raneem El Welily’s defeat from compatriot Nour El Tayeb as El Tayeb managed to beat Welily 3-1 in only 37 minutes.
Egyptian sensation Nouran Gohar beat Englishwoman Allsion waters 3-0 in 40 minutes and is set to face world number 2, 32-year old, England’s Laura Massaro in the quarter-finals.