El Gouna International set for all-Egyptian final
Marwan Elshorbagy will play against Ali Farag, while Nour El Sherbini will clash with Raneem El Welily in an all-Egyptian El Gouna International final.
World No.4 Marwan Elshorbagy defeated his older brother and current World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy 3-2 (11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-2) to book his spot in the final of the competition held on the banks of Egypt’s Red Sea.
“It’s always difficult to play against my brother – we both say it a lot but it is really the case,” said Marwan, who ended a four-game losing streak against his older brother.
“He’s a nightmare to beat but that’s why he’s the World No.1. If I want to be in his place I have to come through matches like this consistently.
“I’ve been very consistent this season. It’s another final and I’ll just enjoy it,” Marwan added.
Marwan will play the final against compatriot Ali Farag who overcame Frenchman Gregory Gaultier 3-2 (11-9, 5-11, 10-12, 11-2, 11-9).
“Greg is such an experienced campaigner and knows exactly how to play to make the game suit him,” said World No.2 Farag.
“Tomorrow against Marwan I think it will be a great match. I admire the way he plays and we’ve had some big matches this season so I’m preparing for another battle tomorrow,” he added.
Meanwhile, the women’s competition saw title holder Nour El Sherbini defeat England’s Laura Massaro 3-1 (11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 11-6), while Raneem El El Welily defeated compatriot Nour El Tayeb 3-2 (11-9, 5-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9) in a 62-minute thrilling encounter.
The duo will face off on Friday night in a repeat of the 2017 PSA Women’s World Championship, when El Sherbini beat El Welily to the title.
“Tomorrow will be another huge battle with Nour – if I can play as well as I did today, both in terms fo attitude and charter, I will be happy so I hope I can bring that into tomorrow’s match and we will see what happens,” said World No.2 El Welily.
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