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Mohamed ElShorbagy

U.S. Open RD2: Defending Champion ElShorbagy Conquers Golan

Egypt’s World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy conquered Spain’s Borja Golan in a tightly contested second round match at the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships inside Drexel University.

The former World No.1 is a three-time champion at the event and will be aiming to add a fourth to his ever expanding collection after already clinching both the China Squash Open and Oracle NetSuite Open titles at the start of this season.

However, Golan did not make it easy for ElShorbagy with the veteran Spaniard pushing him all the way in a feisty four-game encounter. The Spainard led 8-3 in the fourth, but was unable to hold onto it as the 28-year-old Bristol-based Egyptian closed out by an 11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9 margin.

He will now face New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson for a place in the quarter finals.

“When you play Borja it is always going to be tough,” said 28-year-old ElShorbagy afterwards.

“He is one of those players that if you are going to take them out you have to fight for every point. He is so experienced, he knew what time to change the ball, what time to slow the pace and when to play at a faster pace.

“He confused me mentally throughout the whole match and very few players can do that and that just shows the experience he has. He played unbelievable squash and very accurate. The only thing was that he lost a bit of focus at the end and I used that and luckily got the win.

“It would mean a lot to get my fourth title here, every season I work on my game a lot. I finish every season ask myself what went wrong and what I need to work on.

“I want to be back at No.1 again, I don’t want any other number but No.1 I’m going after that spot big time this season. Every session I did this summer was with that focus and I’m not going to relax until I get it.”

[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 3-1: 11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9 (68m)

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