SQUASH: Marwan beats brother Mohamed El Shorbagy to reach El Gouna semi-finals
This is Marwan’s second successive win over his older brother after beating Mohamed for the first time in February’s Windy City Open. World number five beat the defending champion 3-0 (11-5, 11-2, 11-4) in 24 minutes.
“Maybe today it was a little bit different than the first time I beat him, the first time I beat him was the hardest time for me,” said Marwan. “I was thinking about it too much when I was leading in the fourth and fifth games in Chicago. Today it was a bit different because I didn’t want to let the emotions go to my head. Of course, the emotions were still there, but maybe I was dealing with it better. I was focused from the first point to the last one.”
The 23-year-old also said that this match was probably the best match he played this season. “It’s a big win for me, but I can’t celebrate it. It’s been a tough season for him, he’ll come back stronger though I’m sure. He just needs a good break,” he added.
El Shorbagy is up for a strong challenge in the semi-final against World number one Gregory Gaultier who will be aiming for a fourth PSA World Tour title in a row and for extending his unbeaten run to 18 matches.
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