Squash: Egypt's ElShorbagy, Ashour reach British Open semis

Ahram Online , Friday 25 Mar 2016

Ramy Ashour
Ramy Ashour

Egyptian duo Ramy Ashour and defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy qualified for the British Open semis with convincing victories on Friday. 

Ashour continued his bid for a second British Open title in his career with a 3-1 victory over Ali Farag in an all-Egyptian quarter final while ElShorbagy, winner of the last edition in 2015, strolled past Colombia's Miguel Rodriguez with a 3-0 win.

Ashour prevailed with a 11/8, 11/8, 9/11, 11/6 win in 56 minutes to book a last-four berth as he seeks to win the British Open, one of the most prestigious squash tournaments, again following his maiden triumph in 2013.

"I was a little stressed before I went on court today because the cab couldn’t get my here, it was late and a friend of mine, his name is Ahmed and he loves the game and his son loves the game, offered to take me and he brought me here so I was a little stressed about this," Ashour was quoted as saying by Squashsite.

"Well, let me tell you, that was anything BUT easy. The match was not easy, squash is not easy. And sometimes during the match you ask yourself, how much can I keep pushing? And you look at the other one, and he is pushing himself, so you just keep hurting yourself."

In the women's contest, two Egyptians reached the semi final and two were ousted.

Nour El Sherbini qualified with a 3-0 win over American Amanda Sobhy and Nouran Gohar caused an upset by eliminating fellow Egyptian Raneem El Welily with a 3-1 victory.

Egypt's Omneya Abdel Kawy also waved goodbye to the tournament after a 3-1 defeat by five-time British Open champion Nicol David of Malaysia.

No Egyptian woman has managed to win the British Open.

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