Marwan ElShorbagy defeats brother to reach Windy City Open semi-finals
Egypt’s Marwan ElShorbagy defeated his elder brother Mohamed for the first time on tour to qualify to Windy City Open semi-finals.
Marwan, World No.6, defeated the World No. 1 and defending champion in a five-game match, winning 3-2 (1-11, 11-8, 13-11, 5-11, 11-8).
He will play in the semi-final against his compatriot Ali Farag who defeated Germany’s Simon Rosner 3-1 (8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-5).
“It’s tough – we both knew it was going to happen at some point,” said Marwan.
“Every time we play it’s a battle on court – but we are best friends off-court. I’m grateful for the sport – it has allowed me to have my brother as my best friend. We share the same life, have the same dreams and we support each other.
“We’re there for each other. It’s a tough day today for us. But I have a big match tomorrow to look forward to and a chance to reach a first World Series Final,” he added.
Meanwhile, world champion Karim Abdel Gawad suffered a shock defeat against Spain’s Borja Golan, losing 3-1 (8-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-9).
In women’s quarterfinals, Nour El Sherbini beat Nicol David 3-1 (11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 11-4) to book a place in the semifinals where she will play France’s Camille Serme.
“I’ve watched Nicol since I was six years old and I’ve learnt a lot from her,” said El Sherbini.
“She’s always difficult to play against – she fights for everything and never gives up. It is always very tough and she brings the best out of me but I am happy that I am through.”
Raneem El Welily and Nouran Gohar set an all-Egyptian semifinal. El Welily, the defending champion, beat home player Amanda Sobhy 3-1 (11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5), while Gohar, 19, defeated England’s Laura Massaro 3-0 (11-7, 11-3, 11-5)
An Egyptian finalist is now guaranteed in both men’s and women’s finals of the tournament.
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