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Marwan ElShorbagy (left) got the better of older brother Mohamed to reach the semi finals

Men’s Worlds: Marwan Shocks Mohamed In The Battle of the Brothers

World No.10 Marwan ElShorbagy is through to the semi finals of the PSA Men’s World Championship after knocking out his older brother, and the tournament’s No.1 seed, Mohamed ElShorbagy in a five-game shoot-out.

The pair had faced each other 17 times on the PSA World Tour prior to this clash, with the older Mohamed having won 14 of those previous meetings. Marwan came into this one looking for a first win over his sibling in 18 months.

It was the younger of the pair that came flying out of the blocks, as he was seemingly able to read whatever the World No.2 was going to do. He took it 11-6 to take the advantage, but that was soon quelled as Mohamed restricted Marwan to just two points in the second game.

The third followed the same pattern as the first, but both men were able to find their range. With some longer rallies that Marwan was able to win, he pulled away in the middle part of the game, and went on to take it by another 11-6 scoreline.

Once again, though, the World No.2 came fighting back to take the fourth game in just five minutes to set up a decider. Marwan started it strongly, with some amazing winners to move into a big lead, and although the oder of the ElShorbagy’s was able to save two match balls, it was the World No.10 who took the victory to move through to the semi finals of the World Championships.

“It was tough out there. It was five games in less than an hour but I know it was really tough mentally for me. Mohamed is one of the most experienced players in the draw,” Marwan explained.

“He has played against so many different generations so I knew it was going to be really tough mentally, much more than physically. At the end it was all mental, and I gave it everything I had. I pout my heart into that fifth game and I am just really happy to get that result.

“I have played him a couple of times already this season, in China and in San Francisco and I was getting close. Today I just made sure I did not make the same mistakes as I did in China and San Francisco. I actually did some, but less, and I am really happy with how I responded in both the third and the fifth games. I am happy with how I played overall and I am focussed for tomorrow now.

“I have so much experience in my corner here, in Haitham [Effat] and Nick [Matthew] and the way they speak to me between games, it motivates me and it pushes me. I have so much experience here, so I am really lucky to have both of them here.”

[9] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-2: 11-6, 2-11, 11-6, 3-11, 11-8 (59m)

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