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Marwan ElShorbagy (right) lines up against Mohamed Abouelghar (left) on day five of the PSA Men's World Championship

Men’s Worlds: Marwan Cruises Past Abouelghar

Egypt’s Marwan ElShorbagy booked his spot in the quarter-finals of the PSA Men’s World Championship after cruising to a 3-0 victory against an out of sorts Mohamed Abouelghar in Doha.

World No.8 Abouelghar was fortunate to make it through his round two match with Hong Kong’s Leo Au after two controversial decisions stroke decisions in the closing stages of the fixture, and he never really got going in his match with the lower ranked ElShorbagy.

The World No.10 dominated proceedings and managed the cold court conditions well as he did all the attacking against a passive Abouelghar, who is normally one of the top shot-making talents on the PSA Tour.

The second game was the closest of the lot as ElShorbagy conceded some unforced errors, but he was still able to hold Abouelghar at arm’s length, closing out an 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 in just 30 minutes.

That means ElShorbagy could take on older brother Mohamed for a place in the semi-finals in what would be a repeat of the 2017 World Championship final. Mohamed takes on India’s Saurav Ghosal in the final match of the night.

“Mohamed [Abouelghar] is a very good player, he plays at a very fast pace and likes to go short quickly, so I had to make sure I started really sharp and started better than I did two days ago [against Nicolas Mueller],” ElShorbagy said after the match.

“The same scenario could have happened, I had to make sure I controlled the rallies and contained him as much as I could with my length game, and I think I did that very well.

“I think Mohamed played better in the second game, but I was very happy with how I won that game. I stayed with him, I was very sharp today and was very happy with my movement and my hitting.

“To have Haitham [Effat] and Nick [Matthew] here is a perfect combination for me. Haitham has got so much experience as a coach and Nick has as a player. The combination works amazing for me, and I'm happy to have both of them here with me.

“I just want to focus on the rest of the day, I have some stretching to do and when tomorrow comes I will think about it [playing Mo], I don't have to think about it today.”

[9] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [7] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 (30m)

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