Squash: Ashour survives to British Open quarterfinals

Eslam Omar, Thursday 17 May 2012

Three Egyptians — Ramy Ashour, Amr Shabana and Mohamed El-Shorbagy — advance in London to the quarterfinals of the British Open for squash

Ramy Ashour

Three Egyptian men have qualified for the quarterfinals of the Allam British Open 2012 for squash taking place in London, competing for $150,000 in prizes.

Fourth-seeded Ramy Ashour will face compatriot Amr Shabana, fifth-seeded, while seventh-seeded Mohamed El-Shorbagy will clash with No 1 seed, England's James Willstrop.

Ashour eliminated Englishman Daryl Selby, beating him 3-1, before surviving against Borja Golan of Spain 3-2 in Round 2.

"Mentally and physically I was two paces behind Borja," explained the former world number one (pictured with Golan) later. "Footwork, movement, racket preparation — everything — he was so much better than me. That's the first time I have played him and he played incredibly well at the start.” The 24-year-old Ashour won after coming from behind, losing the first two games against the Spanish No 1.

"I would have been really disappointed if I'd lost that 3/0, but not so much if it had been 3/2. Hopefully I learnt a lesson from that!

"I can't explain what goes on inside my head. I know it's something I should work on to find a solution," he added.

Shabana knocked out his Egyptian friend Tarek Momen after a 3-2 win before smashing Olli Tuominen of Finland 3-0, while El-Shorbagy defeated Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet 3-1 and English Adrian Grant 3-0.

Momen is the first of three eliminated Egyptians, as Mohamed Ali Anwar Reda left the championship after a 3-0 defeat against Tuominen before Marwan El-Shorbagy lost 3-0 to Indian Saurav Ghosal.

In the women's competition, Raneem El-Weleily and Nour El-Sherbini advanced to the last eight.

Draw and results of the men’s championship:

2nd round (top half of draw):
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Alister Walker (BOT) 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (79m)
[7] Mohamed El-Shorbagy (EGY) bt Adrian Grant (ENG) 12-10, 11-4, 11-8 (37m)
[5] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt Olli Tuominen (FIN) 12-10, 11-4, 11-4 (32m)
[4] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 7-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-6 (49m)

1st round:          
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Simon Rosner (GER) 11-3, 11-5, 11-7 (49m)
Alister Walker (BOT) bt [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (43m)
Adrian Grant (ENG) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 (36m)
[7] Mohamed El-Shorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10 (61m)
[5] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt Tarek Momen (EGY) 11-7, 7-11, 6-11, 11-3, 11-6 (55m)
Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) 11-6, 12-10, 11-6 (40m)
Borja Golan (ESP) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 12-10, 12-10, 11-4 (63m)
[4] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 16-14 (55m)
[3] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [Q] Max Lee (HKG) 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 (45m)
Tom Richards (ENG) bt Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 11-7, 10-12, 11-4, 11-4 (49m)
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt [Q] Alan Clyne (SCO) 11-9, 11-13, 11-6, 11-3 (61m)
[8] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt [Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA) 11-2, 11-1, 11-5 (30m)
[6] Peter Barker (ENG) bt [Q] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-3, 11-9, 11-9 (50m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [Q] Marwan El-Shorbagy (EGY) 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (35m)
[Q] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-1 (64m)
[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (33m)

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