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Marwan Elshorbagy is on course to play to his number one seeding

Elshorbagy Leads Seeds Through to Houston Open Quarters


World No.7 Marwan Elshorbagy secured safe passage through to the quarter-final stage of the Houston Open, PSA M50 tournament with a routine 3-0 win over Finland’s Olli Tuominen as all eight seeds sealed opening round victories.

Elshorbagy, who last month captured his biggest ever title at the Grasshopper Cup, overcame the experienced Tuominen in a tight opening game, before cantering to wins in games two and three to wrap up an 12-10, 11-6, 11-5 win.

The Egyptian will go up against Stephen Coppinger in the last eight after he dispatched Nafiizwan Adnan in straight games.

Australian No.2 Ryan Cuskelly is also through to the next round after he too defeated Finnish interest with a 3-0 victory against Henrik Mustonen. The World No.19’s reward is a fixture with Zahed Mohamed.

Egyptian maverick Mazen Hesham, who is one of the most exciting players on the PSA World Tour, will take on Omar Abdel Meguid in the quarter-final after they achieved respective wins over Campbell Grayson and wildcard Shahjahan Khan. Meguid’s match in particular was an entertaining affair, with the second game going all the way to a 21-19 tie-break in Meguid’s favour.

Elsewhere, Mohamed Abouelghar recovered from 2-1 down against World Junior Champion Diego Elias to progress and he will go head-to-head with Frenchman Gregoire Marche for a place in the semi-final after he saw off Cesar Salazar.

Results – First Round: Houston Open 2016
[1] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Olli Tuominen (FIN) 3-0: 12-10, 11-6, 11-5 (25m)
[5] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-0: 11-9, 13-11, 11-5 (50m)
[8] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [WC] Shahjahan Khan (PAK) 3-0: 11-5, 21-19, 11-1 (50m)
[3] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-1: 11-13, 11-5, 11-6, 12-10 (50m)
[4] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt Diego Elias (PER) 3-2: 7-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4 (52m)
[6] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-1: 17-19, 11-2, 13-11, 11-8 (70m)
[7] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt [Q] Reiko Peter (SUI) 3-1: 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 (46m)
[2] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt [Q] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 (25m)

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) v [5] Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
[8] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) v [3] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
[4] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [6] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
[7] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v [2] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)

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