Squash: Four players seek Egyptian glory at El-Gouna Open

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 11 Apr 2012

El-Shorbagy, Darwish, Ashour and Shabana represent Egypt today at the quarter-finals of El-Gouna's squash open - one of the main events on the squash circuit

Karim Darwish

Four Egyptian players will seek glory for their country, when they appear today in the quarter-finals of El-Gouna's international squash open, which runs from 8 to 13 April.

In an all-Egyptian clash, Egypt's duo Mohamed El-Shorbagy (world number 8) will play with fellow countryman and defending champion Karim Darwish (world number 4) in a bid for the tournament's title and $115,000 prize.

The 21-year old rising squash star, El-Shorbagy, saw off Frenchman Thierry Lincou in a 3-2 win, at the tournament's second round on Tuesday. Egypt's top seed Darwish defeated Jonathan Kemp from England 3-1.

After his surprise win over Amr Shabana (world number 6) on Tuesday, Egyptian Hisham Ashour (world number 16) will be eager to continue his progress, when he meets the reigning world champion, Englishman Nick Matthew (world number 1).

Also on Wednesday, Hisham's brother, Ramy, will have no other choice but to win against Gregory Gaultier from France to move closer to reaching the final for the second time since 2010.  

Ramy (world number 5) reached the quarter finals after Tuesday's 3-1 win over Englishman Adrian Grant.

At the only quarter-final clash without Egyptians, top-seeded Englishman James Willstrop will face Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema.

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