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MACAU OPEN (Men) 2012

Darwish Denies El Shorbagy In Macau

Macau Open 2012
Men's Draw
16-21 Oct, Macau, $50k
Round One
18 Oct
19 Oct
20 Oct
21 Oct
[1] Karim Darwish (Egy)
11-8, 11-6, 11-9
Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
Karim Darwish
11-5, 11-9, 11-6
Karim Ali Fathi
Karim Darwish
11-1, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3
Karim Abdel Gawad

Karim Darwish
9-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4, 11-9
Mohamed El Shorbagy
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 14-12
[Q] Karim Ali Fathi (Egy)
Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
11-9, 11-3, 9-11, 11-5
[Q] Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
Karim Abdel Gawad
11-7, 11-5, 11-9
Tom Richards
[4] Tom Richards (Eng)
11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 13-11
Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
[Q] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
11-5, 11-7, 11-2
[3] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
Omar Mosaad
11-6, 11-3, 11-5
Marwan El Shorbagy
Marwan El Shorbagy
11-4, 10-12, 11-3, 11-9
Mohamed El Shorbagy
Olli Tuominen (Fin)
11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5
Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy)
Max Lee (Hkg)
11-4, 11-4, 11-4
Armando Amante (Mac)
Max Lee
11-9, 11-6, 11-7
Mohamed El Shorbagy
[Q] Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 10-12, 11-9
[2] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)

Darwish Denies El Shorbagy In Macau

Karim Darwish survived the all-Egyptian battle against Mohamed El Shorbagy in the final of the Macau Open - but the top seed was taken the full distance before claiming the title in the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event on an all-glass court sited by the famous A-Ma Temple in Macau.

Both players dropped games in their semi-finals - second seed El Shorbagy prevailing in his first Tour meeting with younger brother Marwan while world No4 Darwish held off the challenge of another up-and-coming fellow countryman Karim Abdel Gawad.

World No8 El Shorbagy went into the final 6/1 down in his career record against Darwish - but immediately took the advantage by winning the opening game.

Darwish drew level - but again underdog El Shorbagy recovered the initiative to regain the lead.

However, former world number one Darwish - ten years his opponent's senior - dug deep, calling upon all his experience to close out the match 9-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4, 11-9 to take the title.

"I'm really happy to win the Macau Open," said the new champion later. "It was a very tough match against Shorbagy in the final."

Darwish, now celebrating the 22nd Tour title of his career, was marking his third appearance back on the PSA Tour after the birth of his son Omar.

"It's a kind of a special win for me because it's the first after having my first baby in May.

"I'm happy about my performance now after having a minor injury few weeks ago and am looking forward to the rest of the season."

The match flagged up 21-year-old El Shorbagy's tenth PSA final appearance: "Another crazy battle against Darwish," tweeted the runner-up later.

"Lost a lot of close matches this year and I think it's time that I do something about it!!!"

Mohamed Wins Shorbagy Showdown In Macau

Experienced prevailed in the first PSA World Tour clash between the Egyptian brothers Mohamed El Shorbagy and Marwan El Shorbagy in today's semi-finals of the Macau Open when senior sibling Mohamed prevailed in four games to reach the final of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event on an all-glass court sited by the famous A-Ma Temple in Macau.

Second seed Mohamed, ranked eight in the world, took the opening game - but 19-year-old Marwan, two years behind in age and 14 places lower in the PSA world rankings, survived the next tie-break game to level the match.

But El Shorbagy junior was unable to keep up the pressure as Mohamed closed out the next two games to record his historic 11-4, 10-12, 11-3, 11-9 victory.

"I hated every single second of that match," joked the winner later. "I am normally in the same side of my brother cheering for him!! And today the thought that I actually had to try and beat him was just so hard for me.

"He is the one I train with twice a day, every day. We live together, we travel together, we talk every day about tactics and how to play against other players," added the 21-year-old. "More than that, we are best friends - we know everything about each other, so anyone can imagine how tough it is playing him after all that.

"We both understand each other so well - we could read each other really well on court.

"It was just so tough mentally and I hope this match won't happen again in the future. But it's just a hope, as I know we are going to be playing a lot. He'll get up in the ranking fast - he just needs to have some confidence in himself because I think sometimes he doesn't know how good he can be. He beat a top 10 player in this tournament and he was almost going to take me to five too!

"I just love my little brother, even though I didn't really like it that he almost took me to five today!"

Marwan was not too displeased with the outcome: "Yes obviously a great match, very fair and we both enjoyed it - enjoyed every single moment of it!

"And obviously my brother deserved to win. He's been playing well recently and I hope he wins tomorrow. I know how hungry he is for this season and I'm very excited for him."

Mohamed's opponent will be higher-ranked compatriot Karim Darwish, the top seed and world No4 who also survived a four-game match, beating fellow countryman Karim Abdel Gawad 11-1, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3.

While former world number one Darwish, aged 31, is celebrating his 39th PSA Tour final, El Shorbagy is marking the tenth of his career.

Macau Marks First El Shorbagy Siblings Meeting

The first Tour meeting between Mohamed El Shorbagy and Marwan El Shorbagy will take place in the semi-finals of the Macau Open after the Egyptian brothers brushed aside their opponents in straight games in today's quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the Macau Squash Association Complex in Taipa, Macau.

Marwan, the 19-year-old world junior champion, created the biggest upset by beating higher-ranked compatriot Omar Mosaad, the No3 seed, 11-6, 11-3, 11-5.

Later, big brother Mohamed set up the long-awaited family showdown when he beat Hong Kong's Max Lee 11-9, 11-6, 11-7.

"I'm happy with the way I played today, beating the world number 10 player in three games is a great result for me," said jubilant teenager Marwan afterwards.

"And tomorrow I'm sure it's going to be a great match from both of us!"

Mohamed, the 21-year-old world No8, was clearly overwhelmed by the prospect of playing his brother, room-mate and practice partner in the next round.

"Is this really happening?!! Am I actually playing against brother tom??!!" tweeted the No2 seed. "Feel like I'm dreaming!! This should not be happening!!!"

The other semi will also be an all-Egyptian affair, between top seed Karim Darwish and unseeded Karim Abdel Gawad. Darwish, the world No4 from Cairo, ended qualifier Karim Ali Fathi's run, beating his fellow countryman 11-5, 11-9, 11-6.

Gawad, the 21-year-old world No31, produced one of the best wins of his career when he saw off fourth seed Tom Richards. The Englishman is 17 places higher in the world - but it was Gawad's day as he powered to an 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 victory.

"Very happy to win the quarter final match against Tom Richards the current world rank number 14," said Twitter newcomer Gawad. "I'm also very happy with my performance."

El Shorbagys Double Up In Macau

Mohamed El Shorbagy and Marwan El Shorbagy are on course for a surprise family showdown in the semi-finals of the Macau Open after prevailing in today's first round of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the Macau Squash Association Complex in Taipa, Macau.

Marwan, the 19-year-old world junior champion, pulled off a notable upset, beating experienced Finn Olli Tuominen, the world No21 and highest-ranked unseeded player in the draw.

El Shorbagy junior, ranked 26 in the world, sealed his success in an 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5 victory - and now moves on to face fellow countryman Omar Mosaad, the No3 seed who ousted Egyptian qualifier Omar Abdel Meguid 11-5, 11-7, 11-2.

"Very happy with my performance," tweeted Marwan later. "Playing Omar mosaad tomorrow looking forward to it."

And big brother Mohamed also faced a Finn, Henrik Mustonen. But the No2 seed almost failed to claim his anticipated place in the last eight when he let slip a two-game advantage and then had to stage a mighty fight back in the decider against the qualifier.

However, the 21-year-old world No8 steadied the ship and closed out the match 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 10-12, 11-9.

"When you r 2/0 and 9/6 up and you think you have won the match for a second and then find yourself 2/2 and 7/4 down..lucky me to get through," Shorbagy senior admitted to his Twitter followers later.

There is already a strong Egyptian flavour to the quarter-final line-up where six players from the Land of the Pharaohs will be in action.

And the most surprising name is Karim Ali Fathi - a 19-year-old qualifier who defeated Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet, ranked 36 in the world, 11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 14-12 to claim one of the biggest scalps of his career.

UK-based Ali Fathi, at 76 the lowest-ranked player in the draw, now moves forward to face the highest - world No4 Karim Darwish, the top seed.

In their sixth Tour meeting since the year 2000, Darwish despatched PSA veteran Ong Beng Hee, the former world No7 from Malaysia, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9.