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Mohamed ElShorbagy

U.S. Open QF: ElShorbagy Continues Unbeaten Streak

Egypt’s World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy continued his strong FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships title defence after overcoming a tough Paul Coll of New Zealand in straight games.

The Kiwi player had never beaten ElShorbagy in their previous four meetings and the former World No.1 ensured that winning streak continued as he secured a 12-10, 14-12, 11-5 victory.

Two gruelling opening games went in the favour of the Egyptian with both players trading points and uncharacteristic errors as they pushed each other to their limits on court.

In the third, ElShorbagy was able to ramp up the pressure on World No.5 Coll to comfortably start to pull away and extend his lead before eventually closing out the victory on the one hour mark.

He will now face compatriot and World No.3 Tarek Momen in the semi-finals tomorrow.

“Playing Paul is always going to be tough,” said ElShorbagy afterwards.

“You have to accept before you go on court with him that you are going to go through a physical war with him before you can try to beat him. I think the first and second game were crucial, he had his leads in the first game, I had my leads in the second – we both lost focus when each one of us was leading, but I think a little bit of experience got me through them.

“It was difficult because I came in with a game plan before the match and then I came to the court and it was so hot today, the ball was really bouncy compared to other days and I had to adapt and change my game plan. It kind of suited him, but any of the top guys you have to adapt and I did that well today.

“I had to have courage and go for more winners. I didn’t volley as much as I would have liked in the match and I didn’t go as short but I went for it in the tie-breaks and luckily it paid off.

“Tarek is a world class player and he gave a world class performance against Rosner today. I think our match in San Fran was one of the best matches we have ever played against each other, so I think tomorrow will be a difficult match against each other. I think it will be a high-quality match and I look forward to playing him.”

[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [6] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-0: 12-10, 14-12, 11-5 (60m)

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