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Peru's Diego Elias

Motor City Open: Elias and ElSherbini to Face Each Other in Final

Peru’s World No.7 Diego Elias and Egypt’s World No.43 Mohamed ElSherbini will go head-to-head in the final of the Motor City Open after they claimed respective semi-final wins over France’s Benjamin Aubert and Hong Kong’s Leo Au.

Top seed Elias is one win away from his first title at the Motor City Open after competing in the tournament, held at the Birmingham Athletic Club, five times previously. While, ElSherbini will try to be the eighth Egyptian to win the PSA World Tour Silver title in the past 11 years, and only the third unseeded player to win the title.

ElSherbini, who has enjoyed a formidable run at the tournament, took 49 minutes to take out No.7 seed Au by an 11-9, 11-8, 11-9 margin after coming from 9-6 down in the third game to convert the win.

Mohamed ElSherbini (left) in action against Leo Au (right)

“I will give my best performance of the tournament,” said ElSherbini. “I think my curve is going up and slowly I’m peaking into my best performance.

“I’ve made a lot of sacrifices that I’m not used to, I hope it pays off. I’m just doing my best, putting in the effort and the work and the results are going to happen regardless.”

ElSherbini faces a tough challenge in World. No.7 Elias for the trophy, but is ready to prove himself against the top players in the world.

“If he’s the Peruvian Puma, I’m the wild shark,” said ElSherbini. “I want to prove to myself that I am one of the top players, and it’s just a matter of time until I make it to the top 10. Diego hasn’t been tested in the tournament at all. Nobody’s played good attacking squash on him. So, he’s been very comfortable until the final. Sunday is going to be a real test, so let’s see what happens.”

Elias took 34 minutes to dispatch World No.67 Benjamin Aubert in Saturday’s first semi-final.

Aubert, who won a monumental 100-minute battle against Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi the day before, looked to be feeling the effects as he was unable to prevent the charge of a strong Elias who claimed an 11-4, 11-6, 11-3 victory.

“He’s a good player and good mover,” Elias said. “He’s coming to the top really strong, and I think he’s going to keep doing well.”

“I’m feeling great, and hopefully I can play the same on Sunday,” Elias said. “I’ve always wanted to win this tournament. I think this is a good opportunity, and hopefully I can play my best squash.”

Results: Motor City Open Semi-finals
[1] Diego Elias (PER) bt Benjamin Aubert (FRA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-3 (34m)
Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY) bt [7] Leo Au (HKG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-9 (49m)

Draw: Motor City Open Final – To be played Sunday February 9
[1] Diego Elias (PER) v Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY)

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