Squash: Three Egyptian players reach British open quarters

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 May 2015

Mohamed El-Shorbagy, Tarek Moemen and Mazen Hesham advance to quarter-finals

Mohamed El-Shorbagy
Egyptian squash player Mohamed El-Shorbagy

Egyptian trio Mohamed El-Shorbagy, Tarek Moemen and Mazen Hesham sealed passage to the quarter-finals of the British open on Thursday.

World number one El-Shorbagy secured a hard-fought win over Spain's Borja Golan, beating him 3-2 (4-11, 11-8, 11-6, 1-11 and 11-7) in 67 minutes.

Tarek Moemen eased past compatriot Zahed Mohamed 3-1 (10-12, 11-5, 11-4 and 11-6), while Mazen Hesham created a great surprise after defeating world number 8 Omar Mossad of Egypt 3-2 (10-12,11-5,4-11, 11-7 and 11-7) to earn his first quarters in a major tournament.

"Soooo happy to reach my first ever quarter-final in a major [tournament], and in this prestigious British Open, in front of so many people!" Mazen told squashsite on Thursday.

"Bad luck to Omar," the 21-year-old added. “He has always been one of my role models. Like most of the upcoming juniors, he has taught us what sportsmanship is all about. He is a real example for us.”

In Friday's quarter-final games, El-Shorbagy will face Simon Rosner of Germany, who reached the quarters at the expense of Egyptian player Fares Dessouki, while Tarek Moemen will take on the winner Karim Abdel-Gawad's clash against Miguel Rodriguez set to played later on Thursday.

Mazen Hisham is likely to face world number 2 Gregory Gualtier in the quarters, as the Frenchman will have an easy test on Thursday against unknown Tom Richards. 

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