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SQUASH: PSA Dubai World Series Finals Day 3 Roundup

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Posted on June 9, 2017
SQUASH: PSA Dubai World Series Finals Day 3 Roundup

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Abdel Gawad joined in the semi-finals of the PSA Dubai World Series Finals, while El-Sherbini and Gohar made it through to the last four in the Women’s event.

Despite beginning the tournament with a defeat to Rösner, qualified top of Group A after defeating Nick Matthew and compatriot Marwan El-Shorbagy, which made him go ahead of Rösner in the group due to a higher games won percentage.

“I didn’t have the best start to the tournament,” The Egyptian admitted.

“I would say it’s the first time on court where I got too excited and didn’t start the right way. I had no pressure on me afterwards and I just wanted to enjoy playing in such a great venue,” he added.

Marwan El-Shorbagy is not the only Egyptian to be knocked out of the tournament, as Ali Farag failed to qualify to the semi-finals after losing to England’s James Willstrop, who needed to beat Farag to reach the last four with World No.3 Mohamed El-Shorbagy.

Abdel Gawad will face James Willstrop for a place in the final, while El-Shorbagy will go up against Simon Rösner, who became the first German ever to reach the semi-final stage of the World Series Finals.

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Meanwhile, World Champion Nour El-Sherbini made it through to the semi-finals after she beat last year’s winner Laura Massaro. The Egyptian was able to turn the match on its head to triumph, to finish second in Group B behind Massaro.

The World No.1 games won percentage is higher than that of England’s Sarah-Jane Perry’s, which means Perry’s 2-1 win over Nicol David wasn’t enough for her to earn a place in the semi-finals.

“I wanted to qualify so badly and last time I played Laura I was 2-0 up [before losing],” El-Sherbini said.

“It wasn’t going my way in the first game, but I’m really happy to qualify. I feel sorry for SJ though, I know how it feels not to qualify for the semi-finals,” she added.

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Nour will face French World No.3 Camille Serme, after she beat World Championship runner-up Raneem El-Welily to send her out, as her compatriot and World Junior Champion was the other player to qualify from Group A. Nouran will face Laura Massaro in the semi-finals.

The semi-finals of the 2016/17 PSA Dubai World Series Finals will take place from 22:00 local time (GMT+4) on June 9.

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