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SQUASH: Four Egyptians make the World Championship last 8

image: 2015 Squash World Championships official website

image: 2015 Squash World Championships official website

Egyptians continued their brilliant displays at the 2015 Squash World Championships as four players secured their spots in the Quarter Finals.

The day in Seattle started with a surprising win, as unseeded World No. 33 Ali Farag beat sixth seed and World No. 7 Simon Rösner in a 77-minutes thriller.

It was a tactical and mental chess game, “Simon is such a great player, he beat me in the US Open, so to get my revenge here is unbelievable…” said Farag in his post match comments on the tournament’s official website.

“It was good for me to have that good spell in the first, because otherwise, I wouldn’t have believed in my chances in beating him today.”

He then concluded saying, “What a feeling that is, absolutely delighted, when I saw the draw in the US Open, I thought I had a chance if I was playing my best, and here I am in the quarters, 3 more to go… “


image: 2015 Squash World Championships official website

World No. 6 Omar Mosaad continued his pulsating 2015 form as he
reached the quarter-finals for the first time, overcoming World No. 13 Borja Golan, just weeks after reaching his first US Open final. 

“It’s really hard to play long matches back-to-back.” he said in post match comments.

“I’m really happy with my squash today. i think I did a good job especially after yesterday’s 3-2 and I’m really happy to win today be into the quarter-finals.”

image: 2015 Squash World Championships official website

Meanwhile, World No. 4 and defending champion Ramy Ashour also needed four games to beat his compatriot and World No. 10 Karim Abdel Gawad. 

The Maestro has been playing more of a National tournament, as he’s only faced Egyptians so far in the competition, and he’s set to face yet another compatriot in Omar Mosaad on Saturday.

“I could have stayed home and play the Nationals, it’s crazy, I’ve only been playing Egyptians, but then again, it cannot get any worse, can it.”

I’m fine physically, although I haven’t played at the level for a while. I wouldn’t have been able to beat him today they way he played if I wasn’t 100%.”

“I’m very happy with the way I played, I’m in the quarters of the Worlds, that’s a big deal. It’s all about not expecting too much…”

Last Egyptian to make it to the quarters was World No.8 Tarek Momen, who came from a game down to beat World No. 36 Grégoire Marche.

image: 2015 Squash World Championships official website

image: 2015 Squash World Championships official website

“It’s my first time ever in the quarters…You have no idea how happy I am to play the way I played. You have no idea, truly, because I went through a lot.It’s all fine lines, little details, that can make you go one way or another.” he said in his post-match comments.

“I’m happy I didn’t have any loss of concentration today, happy to get through in 3 and I really want to thank the people that stayed here to watch us until uncanny hours. Thanks guys, your support is really appreciated, and please I hope you’ll keep coming back for the rest of the week…” he concluded.

Quarter-finals matches:

James Willstrop [ENG] v Miguel Angel Rodriguez [COL]

Ali Farag [EGY] v Grégory Gaultier [FRA]

Ramy Ashour [EGY] v Omar Mosaad [EGY]

Tarek Momen [EGY] v Nick Matthew [ENG]

Games will kick-off on Saturday, starting at 4 am CLT.

Malak Hassouna is a French Baccalaureate graduate and currently a Political Sciences student, who was born and still lives in Cairo. She started playing volleyball at the age of 7 as a libero at the Shooting Club in Cairo. A hardcore Chelsea and Al Ahly fan, also a Roger Federer worshipper. She writes for various websites and blogs including KingFut, Chelseafc360 and Vavel UK.

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