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Marwan Stops Simpson Run In Sudbury

Northern Ontario Champs 2013
01-03 Apr, Sudbury, Canada, $15k
Round One
03 Apr
04 Apr
05 Apr
06 Apr
[1] Chris Simpson (Eng)
6/11, 11/5, 11/6, 11/8 (62m)
[Q] Dane Sharp (Can)
Chris Simpson
11/6, 11/8, 12/10 (37m)
 Scott Arnold
Chris Simpson
11-6, 7-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8 (78m)
Charles Sharpes
Chris Simpson
11-8, 11-8, 11-3 (49m)
Marwan El Shorbagy
Alfredo Avila (Mex)
11/7, 15/17, 5/11, 11/7, 11/9 (70m)
[Q] Scott Arnold (Aus)
Charles Sharpes (Eng)
11/5, 11/7, 11/8 (45m)
[Q] Lewis Walters (Eng)
Charles Sharpes
 11/6, 8/11, 11/5, 11/6 (62m)
Julian Illingworth
[3] Julian Illingworth (Usa)
6/11, 11/9, 12/10, 13/11 (72m)
[Q] Eric Galvez (Mex)
Cesar Salazar (Mex)
11/4, 11/7, 11/8 (38m)
[4] Shawn Delierre (Can)
 Cesar Salazar
 6/11, 11/6, 2/11, 11/8, 11/7 (63m)
Jan Koukal
 Cesar Salazar
9-11, 11-3, 15-13, 11-4 (58m)
Marwan El Shorbagy
Jan Koukal (Cze)
11/7, 11/8, 11/4, (38m)
Miike McCue (Can)
Chris Gordon (Usa)
11/8, 11/6, 11/6 (35m)
Andrew Schnell (Can)
Chris Gordon
11/4, 7/11, 11/5, 6/11, 11/5 (62m)
Marwan El Shorbagy
Arturo Salazar (Mex)
5/11, 11/8, 13/11, 11/7 (47m)
[2] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy)
PSA Challenger 15 Northern Ontario Championship, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Marwan Stops Simpson Run In Sudbury

Egyptian teenager Marwan El Shorbagy upset top seed Chris Simpson in the climax of the Northern Ontario Championship in Canada and ended the Englishman's career-long unbeaten run in PSA World Tour finals.

Both players had reached the final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event at the Sudbury YMCA in Sudbury, Ontario, after testing semis.

Simpson, the 26-year-old world No29 from Guernsey, was celebrating the seventh Tour final of his career - with a 100% success record in the previous six dating back to September 2008.

But this was to be El Shorbagy's night. The 19-year-old reigning world junior champion - who had lost to Simpson in straight games in their only other meeting - held off the experienced Englishman's challenge, winning 11-8, 11-8, 11-3 in 49 minutes to claim the second Tour title of his career.

"The second seeded Shorbagy produced a dominant performance to become the first Egyptian winner of the Sudbury crown," said tournament spokesman Michael McCue. "His length and width were immaculate from the first rally, contrasting with Simpson who struggled to find correct lines on both sides.

"A few long rallies at the end of the first suggested the Englishman might be too fit, but Marwan confidently finished the game. After racing to a 10-4 lead in the second, he lost four straight points and again appeared winded. The lead was enough of a cushion to prevent a miracle comeback though, and the third game was a formality as Chris repeatedly found the tin going short.

"Marwan clinched the title overcoming an indisputably difficult road to the final, and a very resilient opponent today," concluded McCue.

The jubilant world No32 from Alexandria was quick to tweet: "Just won my 2nd PSA tournament here in Sudbury. It's been a great week for me and I'm glad to win here."

Simpson told his Twitter followers a different story: "It's been a tough trip for me, & I should probably be reasonably content with making the final, but I'll never be content with 2nd best!

"All credit to Marwan today tho," continued the Harrogate-based Channel Islander "He pushed hard and played good squash when it mattered most."


Top Seeds Battle Into Sudbury Final

Top seeds Chris Simpson and Marwan El Shorbagy will contest the final of the Northern Ontario Championship in Canada after surviving testing semi-finals in the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event marking its fourth year at the Sudbury YMCA in Sudbury, Ontario.

English favourite Simpson faced fast-rising fellow countryman Charles Sharpes. It was the pair's first Tour encounter - and underdog Sharpes, the 21-year-old world No66, twice levelled the match after leads established by world No29 Simpson.

But Guernsey-born Simpson held his nerve to close out the match 11-6, 7-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8 after 78 minutes.

"Scrapped out an 11/8 in the 5th win today," tweeted the top seed later. "Can't say I felt great on court but that's a lot down to the pressure Charles put me under."

El Shorbagy, the reigning world junior champion from Egypt, dropped the first game to unseeded Mexican opponent Cesar Salazar.

But the 19-year-old from Alexandria, who had beaten Cesar's twin brother Arturo Salazar in the opening round, reasserted his authority on the match to go on to win 9-11, 11-3, 15-13, 11-4 in 58 minutes.

"Marwan took out both Salazars in one tournament," said a spokesman for the event. "Not an easy task."

El Shorbagy is celebrating his fifth final on the PSA Tour - but his first appearance in the climax of an event since the World Junior Championship final in Qatar last July.

Simpson is marking his seventh Tour final - and will be keen to extend his impressive unbeaten record in all the previous six!

Sharpes Shuts Out Illingworth In Sudbury

For the second successive year, England's world No66 Charles Sharpes has pulled off a major upset in the Northern Ontario Championship in Canada to reach the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event in its fourth year at the Sudbury YMCA in Sudbury, Ontario.

After stunning the No2 seed last year, the fast-rising London-born 21-year-old turned his attention to the third seed and dismissed Julian Illingworth, the title-holder from the USA ranked 25 places higher, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6 in 62 minutes.

"Sharpes (who beat Shahier Razik at this stage last year) set a very high pace from the first rally which Julian was not quite ready to match," explained tournament spokesman Michael McCue. "Roles reversed in the second as the American began attacking short from all areas of the court, and Sharpes was forced into some very hard work.

"Despite probably running 30% more than his opponent to this point, the Englishman didn't come off the pace one bit in the third. He was brimming with confidence and began whipping in boasts and kills to test Julian's movement and fitness. With neither player willing to retreat from this aggressive approach, something had to give.

"Illingworth started finding the tin too often, while Sharpes' attacks were becoming winners. At 9-6 in the fourth he hit what some people called the best shot they had ever seen live, in the form of a forehand straight volley kill off a lob. This set up match-ball and seconds later he was into the semis."

Sharpes was clearly delighted with his performance: "Really happy to win against Julian, lost to him earlier in the year, so to get the win is amazing. Thought I played really well tonight, I was attacking really well.

"I hope I can keep it up tomorrow against Chris, going to be a really tough game but happy to be in the semis again."

Sharpes now faces compatriot Chris Simpson in a match which will ensure English representation in the final for the first time. Top seed Simpson ended qualifier Scott Arnold's run by beating the Australian 11-6, 11-8, 12-10.

"Happy to win in three tonight and get to the semis again," said Guernsey-born Simpson. "Particularly happy to be back in Sudbury again and see all the great things this town has to offer."

Two five-game battles resolved the line-up of the other semi which will feature second seed Marwan El Shorbagy and unseeded Mexican Cesar Salazar.

El Shorbagy twice saw US champion Christopher Gordon draw level before the 19-year-old world junior champion from Egypt finally closed out the match 11-4, 7-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-5 in 62 minutes.

It took a minute longer for Salazar to end 2010 champion Jan Koukal's chance of a second title. The 25-year-old from San Luis Potosi twice came from behind to beat the Czech number one 6-11, 11-6, 2-11, 11-8, 11-7.

Scott & Cesar Celebrate Surprise Sudbury Successes

Australia's Scott Arnold and Mexican Cesar Salazar defied the world rankings on the opening day of main draw action in the Northern Ontario Championship in Canada to claim unexpected quarter-final berths in the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event in its fourth successive year at the Sudbury YMCA in Sudbury, Ontario.

Arnold upset speedy Mexican Alfredo Avila by controlling the pace and not engaging the world No60 in many wide-open rallies. From 8-5 down in the fifth, the Australian qualifier staged a comeback and won the match on two consecutive strokes in the front left corner.

Ranked 100 in the world, Sydney-born Arnold now faces world No29 Chris Simpson, the top seed from England who recovered from a game down to overcome local hope Dane Sharp, a qualifier from Toronto, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-8.

Cesar Salazar caused the only seeding upset, dismissing leading Canadian Shawn Delierre, the No4 seed from Montreal, 11-4, 11-7, 11-8.

"Cesar was ruthless and finished the match in under 40 minutes," said tournament spokesman Michael McCue. "Impressive, considering these two are notorious for marathon matches, particularly on bouncy panel courts like the ones here in Sudbury."

But there was no such luck for Cesar's twin brother Arturo Salazar who went down in four games to Marwan El Shorbagy, the second seed from Egypt.

"Marwan dropped the first game in rapid fashion and found himself 6-8 down in the second before levelling at one-all," explained McCue. "Arturo again threatened to take a commanding lead with two game balls in the third, but the Egyptian sensed the danger and played four brilliant rallies to take the ever-important 2/1 lead.

"The fourth was not as competitive at the other games, and Marwan successfully navigated a tricky opener."

Reigning world junior champion El Shorbagy, now 19 and the youngest player in the draw, moves on to face Christopher Gordon, the 26-year-old US number two. Recent winner of the US National Championship, Gordon despatched Calgary-based Canadian Andrew Schnell 11-8, 11-6, 11-6.

Gordon will be joined in the last eight by compatriot Julian Illingworth. In what was described as the 'match of the night' - and was certainly the longest - third seed Illingworth defeated Mexican qualifier Eric Galvez 6-11, 11-9, 12-10, 13-11 in 72 minutes.