BritOpen Update: Elshorbagy Takes Out Golan to Secure Second Round Berth
Egypt’s Marwan Elshorbagy progressed to round two of the prestigious 2016 Allam British Open, PSA World Series tournament after a gruelling 3-2 triumph over former World No.5 Borja Golan in the opening round of the ‘Wimbledon of Squash’.
Elshorbagy powered to a one-game lead, dropping just three points in the process, but Golan soon found his groove to overturn the deficit and take two games without reply. World No.11 Elshorbagy recovered though and outlasted Golan to close out a brutal 11-3, 6-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-4 victory in 64-minutes.
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“It was a tough, tough first round against Borja,” said Elshorbagy.
“It was a very high quality match. [Egyptian legend Amr] Shabana was just saying to me that I only made four errors throughout the whole match so I’m quite happy with that. It was one of those matches that could have gone either way but I’m really happy with the win.
“It was a five gamer but I have a rest day which is good. Borja is such a great player and he has done so well in his career. He has been in some great form since the beginning of this year so I had to prepare well and be at 100 per cent today.”
Elshorbagy dominated proceedings in the opening game and moved Golan around the court intelligently to soar into a comfortable lead.
Golan, who took World No.3 Nick Matthew to five games during the recent Windy City Open, came back with a vengeance in the second, showcasing his impressive retrieval ability to halt his opponent’s rhythm and he soon levelled things up before maintaining his improvement in game three.
The final two games saw the referee called into action on a number of decisions that punctuated what up until that point had been a free-flowing match. Elshorbagy kept his focus better than Golan did in both games to seal the victory and set up a next round fixture with Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal who beat recent Canary Wharf Classic winner Mathieu Castagnet.
“I’ve never actually beaten Saurav before,” Elshorbagy continued.
“I need to study him very well over the next few days. We’re both great friends and I’m just going to enjoy my day off tomorrow and I will be looking forward to playing Saurav in two days on the glass court.”
Result – First Round: Men’s Allam British Open 2016
Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 3-2: 11-3, 6-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-4 (64m)