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Squash: ElShorbagy brothers set up El Gouna International quarter-final clash


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ElShorbagy brothers, Mohamed and Marwan, have booked on Sunday their spots at the quarter-finals of the 2017 El Gouna International Squash Open.

After defeating compatriot Omar Mosaad in the first round, Marwan ElShorbagy, current World No.5, claimed a comfortable 3-0 victory (11-4, 11-8, 11-4) over Australia’s Cameron Pilley to march into the last eight.

His Brother Mohamed advanced after a hard-fought 3-2 win over compatriot Mohamed Abouelgar. Shorbagy, who played his 400th match on the Tour, overcame Abouelghar in 74 minutes (11-6, 11-9, 10-12, 2-11, 11-9).

The Shorbagy brothers will go head-to-head in the quarter-final on Tuesday. This will mark their first clash since Windy City Open in February when Marwan defeated his older brother for the first time.

Read: Marwan ElShorbagy defeats brother to reach Windy City Open semi-finals

“Last time we played in Chicago it was very emotional, it was the first time that he had beaten me,” Mohamed told PSA World Tour.

“It was a big day for us and the family, but other than that it’s going to be the first time that we’ve played together in Egypt. It’s going to be a new experience for us to handle, it’s going to be an interesting match, but I think we’ll both give it our best.

“Whoever plays better on the day will come out on top in the end, I’m sure.”

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Meanwhile, Egyptian qualifier Mazen Hesham failed to overcome World No.1 Gregory Gaultier, who defeated him in straight games (11-2, 11-2, 11-3). Hesham, who had been out through injury for seven months, had reached the second round after defeating World No.11 Tarek Momen.

Egypt’s other representatives Fares Dessouky, Karim Abdelgawad and Karim Ali Fathi will play their second round matches on Monday.

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