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SQUASH: 4 men and 3 women in Qatar Classic quarter-finals

Photo: PSA World Tour

Photo: PSA World Tour

Four Egyptian men and three Egyptian women reached the quarter-finals of the 2015 Qatar Classic, with impressive performances by Ali Farag, Karim Abdel-Gawad, Mazen Hesham, and Nour El-Sherbini.


World number 1 Mohamed El-Shorbagy defeated fellow Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar 3-0 (11-6; 11-8; 11-3) in 39 minutes, while Fares Desouki lost to world number 2 Gregory Gaultier 3-0 in a match that lasted 48 minutes.

Karim Abdel-Gawad eliminated Gregoire Marche with a score of 3-2 (11-8; 4-11; 11-5; 10-12; 11-8) in an enthralling match that lasted 81 minutes.

Mazen Hesham and Ali Farag produced two of the best performances of the tournament, and will face each other in the quarter-finals. Hesham, 21, defeated world number 6 and compatriot Omar Mosaad 3-0 (12-10; 13-11; 11-7) in 51 minutes. Ali Farag, meanwhile, beat Daryl Selby 3-0 (11-7; 11-8; 11-2) in what was one of the Egyptian’s best-ever performances. With that win, Farag reached the quarter-finals of a World Series tournament for the first time in his career.

Quarter-finals Draw:

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v Max Lee (HKG)
[Q] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [3] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
Mazen Hesham (EGY) v [Q] Ali Farag (EGY)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

Photo: US Open Squash official website

Photo: US Open Squash official website


Yathreb Adel and Amina Yousry were both eliminated by Joshana Chinappa (3-0) and Nouran Gohar (3-0), respectively.

World number 6 Nour El-Sherbini beat world number 9 Rachael Grinham of Australia 3-0 (13-11; 11-7; 11-6) in a 23-minute-match.

World number 5 Omneya Abdel-Kawy defeated world number 10 Sarah-Jane Perry 3-0 (11-9; 11-7; 15-13) in a 38-minute-match to also reach the quarter-finals.

Quarter-finals Draw:

Joshana Chinappa (IND) v [5] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)
[8] Nouran Gohar (EGY) v [4] Laura Massaro (ENG)
[3] Camille Serme (FRA) v [6] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
[7] Annie Au (HKG) v [2] Nicol David (MAS)

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