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Squash: Four Egyptians reach Windy City Open semis

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Four Egyptians have qualified for the men’s and women’s semi-finals of the Windy City Open 2016 squash tournament held in Chicago, USA.

Keeping the momentum going after winning the Colombia Open in February, world No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy has been in amazing form beating Scottish Alan Clyne 3-0 in the first round and compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar 3-0 in the second round.

Elshorbagy faced world No.9 German Simon Rösner in the quarter-final and overcame him by a 3-1 score.

He is set to face Colombian Miguel Rodriguez in the semi-finals of the World Series tournament. Rodriguez had eliminated Elshorbagy’s brother, Marwan, in the quarter-final after defeating him 3-0.

The first encounter of the other Egyptian semi-finalist Omar Mosaad was no easy one, as he faced Englishman and former world No.1 James Willstrop. The Hammer of Thor struck upon Willstrop as Mosaad won 3-1.

After having a great start, Mosaad defeated Indian Saurav Ghosal 3-1 in the second round and Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet 3-1 in the quarter-final.

Mosaad is to clash with Englishman and world No.2 Nick Matthew in the semi-finals. Matthew has knocked out Egyptian Tarek Momen in the quarter-final after defeating him 3-0.

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Photo: Windy City Open official website

In the women’s tournament, Nour El Sherbini and Raneem El Welily have qualified to the semi-finals. It was an easy start for El Sherbini, as she defeated Mexican Samantha Teran 3-0 in the first round and Malaysian Delia Arnold 3-0 in the second round to face Malaysian and World no.2 Nicol David.

El Sherbini overcame David again after defeating her in the semi-final of the Tournament of Champions in January. She is now set for a tough encounter against world No.1 English Laura Massaro.

In the first round, El Welily faced and defeated 19-year-old Egyptian Mariam Metwally 3-0, before defeating Hong Kong’s Annie Au 3-1 in the second round.

El Welily met with compatriot and Egyptian prodigy Nouran Gohar in the quarter-final, but the 27-year-old came up top defeating Gohar 3-0. She is set to face French Camille Serme in the semi-final.

Youssef Wael is a massive Al Ahly and Manchester United supporter from Cairo, Egypt. One of the few Egyptians who never really wanted to have a career in football, just played it as a hobby. Wael also played squash for 7 years.

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