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Zahed Mohamed

Top Four Seeds Reach Pakistan Open Semis

The top four seeds at the Pakistan Open Men’s Squash Championships have all reached the semi-finals after prevailing in their last eight fixtures at the PSA M50 tournament held in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Top seed Marwan ElShorbagy is through to the last four after the World Championship runner-up dispatched World No.36 Mazen Hesham by a 3-0 scoreline, taking it 11-8, 11-8, 11-6.

The Bristol-based Egyptian will take on fellow Egyptian Zahed Mohamed for a place in the final after he overcame 2016 World Junior Champion Eain Yow Ng in four games.

The other semi-final fixture will see second seed Mohamed Abouelghar take on Hong Kong’s Leo Au.

Abouelghar came through a tight five-game clash with Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan, winning it 11-7 in the fifth, while Au was also pushed to five games by compatriot Max Lee, with Lee forced to retire through injury with Au 5-4 up in the title decider.

In addition to hosting the Pakistan Open, the Mushaf Squash Complex & PSB Roshan Khan Squash Complex in Islamabad is also staging the Chief of the Air Staff International Women Squash Championship and yesterday saw top seed Annie Au and talented Malaysian Sivasangari Subramaniam book their places in the final.

Au edged out World Junior Champion Rowan Elaraby in five, while 18-year-old Subramaniam overcame 40-year-old Rachael Grinham in straight games – avenging her defeat to the former World No.1 in last month’s Australia Open – to reach a fourth PSA World Tour final in a row.

Results – Quarter-Finals: 2017 Pakistan Open Men’s Squash Championships
[1] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bt [8] Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (38m)
[3] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-1: 11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9 (48m)
[4] Leo Au (HKG) bt [5] Max Lee (HKG) 3-2: 13-11, 4-11, 11-8, 7-11, 5-4 ret. (70m)
[2] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt [7] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-2: 8-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7 (56m)

Draw – Semi-Finals
[1] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v [3] Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
[4] Leo Au (HKG) v [2] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)

Results – Semi-Finals: 2017 Chief of the Air Staff International Women Squash Championship
[1] Annie Au (HKG) bt [7] Rowan Reda Araby (EGY) 3-2: 13-11, 8-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-2 (46m)
Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt [5] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-5

Draw – Final
[1] Annie Au (HKG) v Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)

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