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Squash: All-Egypt semifinals at highest-prize World Championships

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 28 Feb 2019
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Egypt semifinals at highest-prize World Championships
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Egyptian squash stars continued their domination of the men and women’s PSA World Championships in Chicago, with a combined $1 million prize on offer, the highest in squash history as four players secured their places in the tournament's semifinals.

In the women's draw, world number 3 Nour El-Tayeb of Egypt needed only 25 minutes to beat world number 12 Annie Au of Hong Kong 3-0 (11-5, 11-7 and 11-6).

"It’s a different game playing Annie, so much height and lots of play at the front, I’m really happy to get through that in three games," El Tayeb said.

“I’m very happy to be in the semis and I don’t mind who I play."

Defending champion and world number 1 Raneem El-Welily of Egypt defeated her fellow countrywoman Nouran Gohar 3-1 (11-4, 6-11, 11-4 and 11-2) to set up a semifinal game against El-Tayeb.

"I was a bit nervous coming into this actually, since Nouran beat me a week ago in Egypt." El-Welily said.

"I’m happy that I was able to keep my focus, especially after she took the second, and delighted to go through to the semis,” she added.

In the men's draw, Egyptian star and world number 1 Mohamed ElShorbagy faced a tough mission to beat world number 6 Miguel Rodriguez of Colombia 3-1 (5-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6) in 61 minutes.

Mohamed ElShorbagy will face his fellow countryman Tarek Momen in the tournament's semifinals after the latter defeated Marwan ElShorbagy 3-0 (11-5, 11-4 and 11-6) in the quarters.

"That was one of the best Miguel’s played against me. I could tell it was going to be tough from the start," Mohamed ElShorbagy said.

"He wasn’t going to give me anything, I had to win the points. I’m glad I managed to get ahead after the first part but it was always tough," ElShorbagy added.

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