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ElShorbagy takes a moment to compose after victory

GC Cup: ElShorbagy Through In Three Over Pilley

Marwan ElShorbagy recorded a second consecutive straight-games win to move into the semi-finals of the 2016 Grasshopper Cup after a commanding victory over Australian Cameron Pilley which sees the Egyptian set up a last four showdown with Simon Rösner.

Rösner came through a bruising 80+ minute battle with Gregoire Marche to get his place in the semis but it was an altogether more straight-forward victory for ElShorbagy as he capitalised on an under-performing Pilley, who struggled in stages during his first round match, to seize every opportunity to attack and reach the last four in his maiden appearance in Zurich.

“It has been a good tournament for me so far,” said ElShorbagy.

“I finished 3-0 yesterday and again today so I’m feeling fresh which is a good sign. Hopefully I can keep it going tomorrow against Simon. Last time we played he killed me in a 3-0 win so I’ll try and see where I went wrong and prepare myself for tomorrow.

“It’s been a tough season. Cameron was physically tired today which I could feel – he had tough match yesterday as well – but finishing in three means I can be fresh tomorrow.”

[4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [5] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 (42m)

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