Three-time champion Ramy Ashour of Egypt suffered a bitter defeat in straight sets to exit the World Championship at the hands of compatriot Mohamed El Shorbagy in the last 16 on Tuesday.
El Shorbagy lost to Ashour in the 2012 and 2014 finals but had the upper hand in recent duels, beating Ashour in the 2016 British Open final.
In Manchester, El Shorbagy claimed a 3-0 win (14-12, 11-7, 11-4) in 51 minutes, with Ashour offering little resistance in the third game.
“That first game was very important, and it was the best game I've played this season,” El Shorbagy told the tournament’s official website.
“It had to be, because I was playing the best player in the world on his day.”
El Shorbagy faces a mouthwatering quarter-final against Nick Matthew after the Englishman beat Qatari Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi 3-0 earlier in the day.
The highly-rated Egyptian is eyeing his maiden World Championship title. He won two British Open titles in 2015 and 2016.
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