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Squash: Three Egyptians reach World Championship semis

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Three Egyptians booked their places in the semi-final stage of the 2016 PSA Men’s World Championship held in Cairo between Oct. 27 and Nov. 4.

Three-time world champion Ramy Ashour secured a spot in the semis after beating compatriot Fares Dessouky 3-0 (11-6, 17-5 and 10-8) on Wednesday. The World No.18 withdrew after 67 minutes when Ashour was leading 10-8 in the third round.

This comes one day after Egyptian duo Mohamed ElShorbagy and Karim Abdel-Gawad qualified to the semis after beating Ali Farag and Nick Matthew, respectively.

World No.1 ElShorbagy beat his fellow countryman Ali Farag 3-0 (11-8, 11-5 and 11-8) in 45 minutes to avenge his 3-1 semi-final loss to the current World No.6 at the Ahram Open in September.

Abdel-Gawad, currently the World No.3, reached the semis of the tournament for the first time ever after beating three-time world champion Matthew 3-0 (11-9, 11-4 and 11-9) in 34 minutes.

Abdel-Gawad will play against ElShorbagy for a place in the final while Ashour will face reigning champion Gregory Gaultier, the only non-Egyptian in the semi-final.

Frenchman Gaultier, the World No.2, reached the semi-final after beating Egypt’s Tarek Momen 3-1 (11-5, 11-5, 14-16 and 11-8) in 73 minutes.

On Monday, Egypt became the first nation in the 40-year history of the tournament to have six players in the quarter-finals.

Editor-in-Chief at KingFut.com. Pursuing a master's degree in sport policy, management and international development at the University of Edinburgh.

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