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Squash: Egypt's Ashour reaches World Championship semis, Shabana out

Ramy Ashour becomes the first Egyptian to reach the Squash World Championship semi-final in Manchester

Ahram Online, Friday 1 Nov 2013
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Defending champion Ramy Ashour reached the Squash World Championship semi-final on Thursday after easing past India’s Saurav Ghosal.

Ashour stretched his winning streak to 52 matches after overcoming Ghosal with a 3-0 victory (11-9, 11-5, 11-9) in 48 minutes.

“Squash has always been my life, my whole life, but I was doing it wrong. Now I’m doing it right,” Ashour was quoted as saying by Squash Site after the game.

His compatriot Amr Shabana exited the tournament earlier in the day after slumping to a 3-0 defeat by Englishman Nick Matthew.

Matthew - world number four - won 11-8, 11-4 and 11-7 to extend his head-to-head record against the four-time World champion to 14-11.

"If I play like that on Sunday it will be the perfect result," Matthew said after the game.

Fellow Egyptian Mohamed Elshorbagy could join Ashour in the semis if he beats James Willstrop on Friday. 

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