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Local Hopes End in Valencia


Egypt’s Mazen Gamal and third seed Jens Schoor extinguished home hopes in the quarter-final stage of the PSA Valencia, M10 event after downing Spanish duo Iker Pajares Bernabeu and Carlos Cornes Ribadas, respectively.

Gamal’s encounter with Pajares was a five-game nail-biter which saw both players send each other into all four corners of the court regularly in a bruising affair.

It was eventually World No.83 Gamal, who has 7 PSA World Tour titles to his name, who came out on top with a 7-11, 11-7, 3-11, 11-9, 11-5 triumph to move through to the last four.

He will face off with Dutchman Piedro Schweertman for a place in the final after he came through a difficult match against England’s George Parker. The two put on a real show in front of an enraptured crowd with a high-octane match that saw Schweertman take it in five.

Schoor’s match against Ribadas meanwhile was a more straightforward affair with the German wrapping up the win in straight games. He will do battle with top seed Kristian Frost Olesen in the semi-final thanks to the Dane’s victory over Geoffrey Demont.

Result – Quarter-Final: PSA Valencia 2015
[1] Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) bt [Q] Geoffrey Demont (FRA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-3 (35 mins)
[3] Jens Schoor (GER) bt [5] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 13-11 (45 mins)
[6] Mazen Gamal (EGY) bt [Q] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 3-2: 7-11, 11-7, 3-11, 1-9, 11-5 (70 mins)
[2] Piedro Schweertman (NED) bt [7] George Parker (ENG) 3-2: 11-7, 13-15, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6 (65 mins)

Draw – Semi-Final
[1] Kristian Frost OIesen (DEN) v [3] Jens Schoor (GER)
[6] Mazen Gamal (EGY) v [2] Piedro Schweertman (NED)

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