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Elias Stuns ElShorbagy in Guatemala


World Junior Champion Diego Elias secured the biggest win so far in his burgeoning career with a superb 3-0 victory over in-form World No.7 Marwan ElShorbagy in the opening round of the Sporta IX Torneo Internacional PSA Sporta, PSA M50 tournament.

ElShorbagy has been in scintillating form of late, with last week’s Houston Open win complimenting the Grasshopper Cup crown he won in April. However, the Egyptian succumbed to a tie-break loss in the first game as the talented Peruvian, who won the only previous meeting between the pair last August, showcased his vast potential with a number of powerful shots.

Elias then surged to a two-game lead for the loss of just three points in the second, before fending off a late fightback from ElShorbagy to close out the win with an 15-13, 11-3, 11-9 scoreline to ensure that he will face Mexico’s Cesar Salazar for a place in the semi-final.

Houston Open runner-up Mohamed Abouelghar also fell to a shock loss after he went down in four games to Alfredo Avila. The scores were delicately poised at a game apiece, before Avila prevailed on the tie-break in games three and four to wrap up a big upset. He will take on Egypt’s Zahed Mohamed in the next round after he saw off the challenge of wildcard Eddie Charlton.

Spanish second seed Borja Golan flirted with elimination after he was pushed all the way to five games by Mexican qualifier Arturo Salazar, but the former World No.5 pulled through to set up a quarter-final clash with Egypt’s Omar Abdel Meguid, who defeated New Zealand’s Campbell Grasyon to advance.

World No.17 Mazen Hesham will take on South Africa’s Stephen Coppinger in the other quarter-final fixture after they beat Christopher Binnie and Greg Lobban, respectively.

Results – First Round: Sporta IX Torneo Internacional PSA Sporta 2016
Diego Elias (PER) bt [1] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) 3-0: 15-13, 11-3, 11-9
[8] Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt [Q] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5, 11-5
[6] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt [WC] Eddie Charlton (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-8
Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt [4] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-1: 11-6, 6-11, 13-11, 12-10
[3] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt [Q] Christopher Binnie (JAM) 3-1: 11-13, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7
[5] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt Greg Lobban (SCO) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-4
[7] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-0: 16-14, 11-6, 12-10
[2] Borja Golan (ESP) bt [Q] Arturo Salazar (MEX) 3-2: 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8

Watch live streaming of the Sporta IX Torneo Internacional PSA Sporta
Quarter-Final: Order of play (all times are local CST)
18:00 [6] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v Alfredo Avila (MEX)
19:00 [3] Mazen Hesham (EGY) v [5] Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
20:00 [7] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) v [2] Borja Golan (ESP)
21:00 Diego Elias (PER) v [8] Cesar Salazar (MEX)

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