Squash: Shorbagy, Ashour to face off in all-Egyptian World Championship final

Mohamed Mosselhi, Thursday 13 Dec 2012

Ramy Ashour dethrones England's two-time defending champion Nick Mathew on Thursday, while Mohamed El-Shorbagy ousts world number-one James Willstrop

Mohamed El-Shorbagy

Egyptians Ramy Ashour and Mohamed El-Shorbagy emerged as winners on Thursday from their respective duels with Englishmen Nick Matthew and James Willstrop.

The two are now set to face off on Friday in the first-ever all-Egyptian World Squash Championship final in Doha, Qatar.

Ashour stepped up to defending champion Nick Matthew, knocking him out 3-1 (11/9, 11/5, 9/11, 11/8) in 72 minutes.

The 25-year-old player extended his winning record against the world's number two and two-time defending champion (2010 and 2011) 14 matches to 7.

Ashour, who is now the world's number five, is sure to regain the top ranking again as Willstrop lost his haul of points in December.

Ashour is just one step away from regaining the world's most prestigious squash title, which he also clinched in 2008.

Stunning El-Shorbagy reaches first ever final

Mohamed El-Shorbagy’s triumphant campaign in Doha World Championship continues as he reached the tournament’s final after a 3-2 (11-9, 9-11, 14-12, 4-11 and 11-8).

The young player fought bravely against England's classy squash player James Willstrop to win the game in 112 minutes.

El-Shorbagy won the first game 11-9, before Willstrop responded with the same result in the second.

The 21-year-old took the third 14-12, before struggling in the fourth 11-4.

The Egyptian player won the decider 11-8, following a heavy rally to win the match against the top seed and world number one having lost six times in a row to the Englishman after winning their first ever encounter.

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