SQUASH: PSA Dubai World Series Finals Day 3 Roundup
Abdel Gawad joined Mohamed El-Shorbagy in the semi-finals of the PSA Dubai World Series Finals, while El-Sherbini and Gohar made it through to the last four in the Women’s event.
Despite beginning the tournament with a defeat to Rösner, Karim Abdel Gawad qualified top of Group A after defeating Nick Matthew and compatriot Marwan El-Shorbagy, which made him go ahead of Rösner in the group due to a higher games won percentage.
“I didn’t have the best start to the tournament,” The Egyptian admitted.
“I would say it’s the first time on court where I got too excited and didn’t start the right way. I had no pressure on me afterwards and I just wanted to enjoy playing in such a great venue,” he added.
Marwan El-Shorbagy is not the only Egyptian to be knocked out of the tournament, as Ali Farag failed to qualify to the semi-finals after losing to England’s James Willstrop, who needed to beat Farag to reach the last four with World No.3 Mohamed El-Shorbagy.
Abdel Gawad will face James Willstrop for a place in the final, while El-Shorbagy will go up against Simon Rösner, who became the first German ever to reach the semi-final stage of the World Series Finals.
Meanwhile, World Champion Nour El-Sherbini made it through to the semi-finals after she beat last year’s winner Laura Massaro. The Egyptian was able to turn the match on its head to triumph, to finish second in Group B behind Massaro.
The World No.1 games won percentage is higher than that of England’s Sarah-Jane Perry’s, which means Perry’s 2-1 win over Nicol David wasn’t enough for her to earn a place in the semi-finals.
“I wanted to qualify so badly and last time I played Laura I was 2-0 up [before losing],” El-Sherbini said.
“It wasn’t going my way in the first game, but I’m really happy to qualify. I feel sorry for SJ though, I know how it feels not to qualify for the semi-finals,” she added.
Nour will face French World No.3 Camille Serme, after she beat World Championship runner-up Raneem El-Welily to send her out, as her compatriot and World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar was the other player to qualify from Group A. Nouran will face Laura Massaro in the semi-finals.
The semi-finals of the 2016/17 PSA Dubai World Series Finals will take place from 22:00 local time (GMT+4) on June 9.
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