Egyptian brothers Marwan and Mohamed Elshorbagy will go head-to-head in the semi-final of the 2016 Taeq SquashColombia PSA Open in a draw that sees all four spots taken up by Egyptian players in Cartagena.
Marwan came up with a hugely impressive performance to upset local hero and Colombian No.1 Miguel Angel Rodriguez. The 22-year-old went a game down early on after struggling to adapt to the ferocious pace of Rodriguez but responded with a composed game plan as he rose to take the victory with an 5-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 scoreline.
“The outside court makes the sport more interesting and it makes it more exciting. I absolutely love outdoor courts because I think that it makes things interesting with regards to how other players are going to deal with it mentally. I’m really happy with how I adapted today.
“Tom had a really good win against Ryan [Cuskelly] in the first round because Ryan has been playing so well. He [Richards] has had injuries and is just making his way back. He’s outside of the top 20 now but I’m sure he will be back inside the top 20, where he deserves to be, very soon.”
Meanwhile, a sublime performance from World No.11 Tarek Momen saw him down Cameron Pilley 3-0 to avenge his defeat against the tall Australian during last month’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.
After taking the first game in relatively comfortable fashion, 27-year-old Momen displayed great dexterity at the front of the court to wipe out leads from Pilley in both games two and three and wrap up the win by an 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 scoreline.
“Last month I played him and I lost 3-0 quite easily,” said Momen.
“I wanted to forget about that match and that performance because he played amazingly well that day. I just tried to figure out what went wrong and tried to reestablish myself on court. Today, I came up with a plan and I’m very glad it worked because I wasn’t sure if it would in these conditions but it did work in my favour.”
Omar Mosaad is the other Egyptian representative in the last four after he sealed his spot courtesy of a fairly routine win over Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal. Mosaad will line up against Momen for a place in the showpiece final.
Results: 2016 Taeq SquashColombia PSA Open – Quarter-Final
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 (40m)
 Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bt  Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-1: 5-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 (59m)
 Tarek Momen (EGY) bt  Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (52m)
 Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt  Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-4, 11-5, 12-10 (56m)
Draw: 2016 Taeq SquashColombia PSA Open – Semi-Final
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v  Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)
 Tarek Momen (EGY) v  Omar Mosaad (EGY)
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