Squash: El-Shorbagy beats Darwish to reach PSA Masters semis

Mahmoud Elassal, Friday 16 Dec 2011

Mohamed El-Shorbagy claims a 3-1 win over Karim Darwish in the quarter final of the Punj Llyod PSA Masters 2011 on Friday, Ashour loses to Englishman Barker

Mohamed El-Shorbagy
Egyptian squash player Mohamed El-Shorbagy

Egyptian player Mohamed El-Shorbagy defeated his compatriot and world number five Karim Darwish 3-1 on Friday to set up a semi-final clash against Frenchman Gregory Gaultier in the $1,65,000 Punj Lloyd PSA Masters.

El-Shorbagy won the first game 11/9 but Darwish leveled the score with a 11-8 win in the second. However, El-Shorbagy won the last two games 11/5 and 11/3 to book a semi-final berth.

It is the first ever win for El-Shorbagy over Darwish who had reached the final in both of the last World Series.

The first seed Egyptian Ramy Ashour was eliminated from the tournament after losing to Englishman Peter Barker 3-1 (11/13, 11/7, 11/8 and 11/1) in the quarter final, which also took place on Friday. 

El-Shorbagy will face fourth seed Gaultier on Saturday 17 December.

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