Egypt's Mohamed ElShorbagy celebrates his win over Frenchman Gregory Gaultier (Photo: the World Championship official Twitter feed)
World number three Mohamed ElShorbagy ensured an Egyptian will win this year's World Championship title in Manchester after he secured an impressive 3-0 win over world number one Gregory Gaultier of France in the semi final on Saturday.
ElShorbagy needed 52 minutes to go through, overcoming the 2015 world champion Gaultier 3-0 (12-10, 11-4, 11-9).
"Greg is 34 years old, and I’m 26 and that’s the 22nd time we’ve played on the Tour, that shows how great he is as a player and what he achieved," ElShorbagy told the tournament's official website.
"I hope that at 34, I can play half the way he is playing. But at that age, I’ll probably be on crutches, back at home, unable to be on court! So he is not doing too badly being world number 1!.
"Really happy to win in three and looking forward to be back here tomorrow," he added.
ElShorbagy will face the winner of an all-Egyptian semifinal between Ali Farag and Mohamed's brother Marwan ElShorbagy on Sunday.
"It’s going to be a tough match with Ali, both in their first semi final of the Worlds, so it’s a difference for both of them, I hope that my brother wins, but not in 3, for sure!!!" Mohamed ElShorbagy concluded.
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