SQUASH: Egypt dominate U.S. Open semi-finals
Mohamed El-Shorbagy, Ali Farag, Raneem El-Welily and Nour El-Tayeb secured an Egyptian final in the U.S. Open Squash Championship taking place in Philadelphia from October 7 to October 14.
World No.3 Mohamed El-Shorbagy is one match away from defending his title after beating England’s Nick Matthew who he met several times before on the PSA World Tour. Matthew refused to let go of the game easily but eventually, El-Shorbagy was victorious as he won 3-0: 13-11, 11-6, 11-8.
“Every single point is very important,” said the former No.1. “I thought we dealt with it well and in front of a crowd like here, quality squash is supposed to be played and I’m really glad that we could both play that kind of squash and I can’t wait to play in my third final here tomorrow.”
El-Shorbagy will be meeting with fellow Egyptian World No.5 Ali Farag as the latter defeated Omar Mosaad in their first ever meeting in the PSA World Tour after a thrilling 87-minute game.
“Omar was playing out of his heart two seasons back and he was playing so well, unfortunately, he had to miss out last year and he slipped to 31 in the world but he is far from that level, he is inside the top ten,” Farag added.
This is the first-ever World Series final for the Egyptian squash player who joins his wife, Nour El Tayeb, in Saturday’s final. “It will only be special if we both [Farag and his wife, Nour El Tayeb] hold the trophies together,” he explained.
On the other side, Egypt’s number 10 seed Nour El-Tayeb booked her ticket to her second U.S. Open final after beating Laura Massaro of England 3-1: 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-3 in 47 minutes.
“I’m very pleased with my performance,” said the 24-year-old who recently claimed the HKFC International title. “To be honest I was very relaxed on there. Laura and I played a few years ago in the final here and I was so nervous, so today I was trying to think to myself that it’s just a regular match and go out there and enjoy it and I did.”
El-Tayeb will meet Raneem El-Welily who also reached her second U.S. Open final after overcoming New Zealand’s Joelle King 3-1: 11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6. This was the eighth time both players meet in the PSA World Tour with El Welily winning all of the meetings.
“It feels absolutely fantastic,” said the Egyptian. “Everyone is in top form and Nour El-Tayeb is playing her heart out this tournament. She’s playing really well and I’m really happy for her that she is playing to that level again.”
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