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Marwan ElShorbagy celebrates after booking his place in the semi-finals

Canary Wharf QF: Marwan Outclasses Lobban To Advance

Egypt’s Marwan ElShorbagy joined his brother in the semi-finals of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic, after putting on a classy performance to overcome Scotland’s Greg Lobban.

The Egyptian, who has moved back up to World No.8, needed just eleven minutes to take the first game, as he restricted Lobban to just three points, as he featured in his first ever PSA Gold quarter-final.

The Scot, currently World No.27, fought back and started the second game the stronger of the two players, but it would be Elshorbagy that won it as well, wrapping up a straight-games win in under half an hour. He will face either Fares Dessouky or Ali Farag in the last four on Thursday evening.

“Greg had a great win yesterday against Gawad, so I knew how dangerous he would be today. He has been working with Nick and he has been having a great season,” ElShorbagy explained.

“I just wanted to have a good performance, a professional performance, and I think I did that very well today.

“I don’t think the players will go as fast as they did today, it will be different. Best-of-three brings different tactics for each player so tomorrow I will approach it differently and let’s see where it goes.

“Coming into this tournament, I don’t think I had the best preparation, but the most important thing was to get myself back to where I want mentally. Hopefully, tomorrow I will play some of my best squash.”

[7] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Greg Lobban (SCO) 2-0: 11-3, 11-8 (27m)

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