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Marwan v Mohamed

Elshorbagy Brothers To Do Battle In Colombia

The semi-finals of the TAEQ Squash Colombia PSA Open 2016 will see Elshorbagy brothers Mohamed and Marwan, the World No.1 and No.10, go head-to-head as brotherly love is put to the side in South America.

While the pair enjoy a friendly off-court relationship, even living together in Bristol, England, it is elder brother Mohamed who has so far showed a ruthless domination of his baby brother on court, leading their head-to-head record 4-0.

But after beating home favourite Miguel Angel Rodriguez to reach the last four, could tonight be the night that Marwan finally breaks the losing streak?

Here is a breakdown of the past meetings between the Elshorbagy brothers.

Guggenheim Partners & EquiTrust Windy City Open 2015: Semi-final
Mohamed bt Marwan 3-0: 12-10, 11-8, 11-4

Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas 2014: Final Main Final
Mohamed bt Marwan 3-0: 11-3, 11-3, 11-2

Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open 2013: Round 2
Mohamed bt Marwan 3-1: 11-3, 11-6, 10-12, 11-7

Macau Open 2012: Semi-final
Mohamed bt Marwan 3-1: 11-4, 10-12, 11-3, 11-9

Last year’s Windy City Open semi-final was a watershed moment for the pair as it coincided with Marwan’s first foray into the top ten as they became the first brother since Australians Brett and Rodney Martin to simultaneously hold top ten rankings.

Mohamed again dominated in that encounter but as Marwan has matured in both on-court temperament and ability throughout the past year, tonight’s battle promises to be the closest between the two to date.

Mohamed got his personal calendar year off to a flyer by winning the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions 2016 – defeating Nick Matthew in the final. However, he was surprisingly eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the Motor City Open 2016, where Ali Farag claimed an unlikely scalp.

Meanwhile, Marwan has only participated in one tournament thus far, reaching the quarter-final of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions 2016 – losing to eventual runner-up Nick Matthew, but taking the Englishman to the brink in a performance of maturity and skill.

Watch live from 7:15pm local (12:15am GMT) to see which brother claims bragging rights LIVE on SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player

By James Hall

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