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SQUASH: Egypt’s Men players dominate PSA World Championship quarter finals


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Egypt’s Men Squash players have dominated the Professional Squash Assossiation (PSA) Men’s World Championship, writing their name in the competition’s 40-year history.

The championship, which is taking place in Wadi Degla club in Cairo, has seen Egypt become the first nation in history to have six players in the quarter-finals of the World Championship.

World number one Mohamed El-Shorbagy has booked his place in the quarter-finals following a victory over fellow Egyptian Karim Ali by three games to zero (11-3, 11-6 and 11-9).

Ali Farag and Karim Abdel-Gawad advanced to the quarter-finals after beating Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez and Hong Kong’s Max Lee respectively with the same result 3-1.

Ali Farag won the first game 11-4 before losing the second game 11-6. The Egyptian then won the following two games 11-9 and 11-7 successively. Meanwhile Abdel-Gawad made up for losing the first game 7-11 and won the following three games 11-3, 11-6 and 11-6.

The following day, 18-year-old Fares Dessouky needed 99 minutes to beat Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan in a five-game match (13-11, 6-11, 11-6, 10-12 and 11-6) to secure his first appearance in the world championship quarter-finals.

World number five Ramy Ashour has also advanced to the next round, defeating England’s Daryl Seleby 3-1 (11-6, 8-11, 11-5 and 11-6).

Finally it was Tarek Momen who completed the list of Egyptians in the quarter final, beating El-Shorbagy’s younger brother Marwan after a tight game that witnessed Momen’s victory after five games in 78 minutes.

There were only two non-Egyptians players who managed to seal their places in the quarter-finals, as defending champion and world number two Gregory Gaultier easily beat Hong Kong’s Fung Yip 3-0 (11-8, 11-2 and 11-6) in the third round.

While England’s Nick Mattew, ranked number four in the world, beat Simon Rosner from Germany 3-1 (6-11, 11-9, 11-7 and 12-10).

Quarter Final Draw:

Mohamed ElShorbagy  v  Ali Farag
Karim Abdel Gawad  v  Nick Matthew
Fares Dessouky  v  Ramy Ashour
Tarek Momen  v  Gregory Gaultier

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