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24/11/2013
BANQUE MISR SKY OPEN 2013
 

Mohamed Elshorbagy Is Sky Open Champion

Banque Misr Sky Open 2013
17-23 Nov, Cairo, Egypt $50k
Round One
19 Nov
Round Two
20 Nov
Quarters
21 Nov
Semis
22 Nov
Final
23 Nov
[1] Karim Darwish (Egy)
11/3, 11/4, 11/5 (20m)
[Q] Youseff Abdalla (Eng)
Karim Darwish 
11/13, 6/11, 11/8, 11/7, 11/7 (75m)
Mohamed Abouelghar
Karim Darwish
11-7, 11-3,
11-3 (31m)

Zahed Mohamed
Karim Darwish
9-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9,
11-6 (64m)

Marwan Elshorbagy
Karim Darwish
11-2, 11-7, 11-8 (43m)
Mohamed ElShorbagy
Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)
11/7, 11/8, 11/2 (27m)
Gonzalo Miranda (Arg)
Jens Schoor (Ger)
11/7, 11/7, 11/9 (45m)
Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
Zahed Mohamed 13/11, 6/11, 11/7, 2/11, 11/9 (94m)
Ali Anwar Reda
[8] Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
11/7, 5/11, 11/2, 9/11, 12/10 (106m)
Kristian Frost (Den)
[5] Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy)
9/11, 112/10, 9/11, 11/6, 11/9 (83m)
[LL] Ahmad Al-Saraj (Jor)
Marwan Elshorbagy
 11/6, 11/5, 11/3 (29m)
Shaun le Roux
Marwan Elshorbagy
11-6, 11-9,
11-5 (45m)

Fares Dessouki
Shaun le Roux (Rsa)
11/5, 11/6, 11/4 (30m)
[Q] Adil Maqbool (Pak)
Raphael Kandra (Ger)
11/8, 11/4, 11/5 (45m)
[Q] Fares Dessouki (Egy)
Fares Dessouki 11/9, 12/10, 7/11, 6/11, 11/7 (83m)
Omar Mosaad
[3] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
11/5, 11/2, 11/5 (35m)
Karim El Hammamy (Egy)
[Q] Mohammed El Tabaa (Egy)
11/8, 11/2, 11/5 (30m)
[4] Alister Walker (Bot)
Alister Walker 6/11, 11/8, 11/7, 11/2 (44m)
Eddie Charlton
Alister Walker
11-7, 13-11,
9-11, 11-5 (45m)

Omar Abdel Meguid
Omar Abdel Meguid
11-6, 5-11,
6-11, 11-1,
11-7 (60m)

 Mohamed ElShorbagy
Eddie Charlton (Eng)
11/5, 11/6, 6/11, 11/8 (50m)
[Q] Shehab Essam Hosny (Egy)
Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
13/11, 11/9, 11/7 (55m)
Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
Jaymie Haycocks
11/9, 12/10, 11/8 (53m)
Omar Abdel Meguid
Andrew Wagih (Egy)
7/11,  11/7, 9/11, 11/8, 11/9 (110m)
[6] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
[Q] Ahmed Atef (Egy)
11/1, 11/6, 11/9 (30m)
[7] Mazen Hesham (Egy)
Mazen Hesham  7/11, 11/6, 7, 12/10 (60m)
Omar Abdel Aziz
Mazen Hesham
11-3, 11-7,
 9-11, 11-9 (50m)

Mohamed ElShorbagy
Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)
11/6, 11/3, 11/3 (33m)
[Q] Ahmed Hosny (Egy)
Joel Hinds (Eng)
11/7, 11/7, 3/0 (rtd injured, back)
Nathan Lake (Eng)
Joel Hinds
11/4, 11/9, 11/7 (39m)
Mohamed ElShorbagy
[Q] Ahmed Hussein (Egy)
11/5, 11/3, 11/3 (22m)
[2] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy)

RESULTS: PSA International 50 Banque Misr Sky Open, Cairo, Egypt

Mohamed Elshorbagy Is Sky Open Champion

Mohamed Elshorbagy collected his second PSA World Tour title in eight days - and established a career-best 10-match winning streak - when he upset top-seeded Egyptian compatriot Karim Darwish in the final of the Banque Misr Sky Open, the PSA International 50 squash event at the Sky Resort in New Cairo, Egypt.

Ranked six in the world, Elshorbagy is enjoying the form of his life: Last week in Doha, the 22-year-old from Alexandria captured his first PSA World Series title at the Qatar Classic - again defying the world rankings by beating world No 5 Darwish en-route to the final.

Elshorbagy (pictured above in Sky action with Darwish) went into the final 3-9 down to Darwish on a career head-to-head tally over the past four years - but had only dropped a single game in his three wins over the former world No 1 from Cairo.

And the young pretender clearly took full advantage of Darwish's demanding route to the final, which had included two five-game marathons in which the 32-year-old had had to recover from two games down.

Darwish had no answer to the youngster's pressure as Elshorbagy romped to an 11-2, 11-7, 11-8 victory in 43 minutes to win the seventh Tour title of his career.

"I had to be very focused from the very first point today as I knew if this gets very tough I could be in trouble mentally as I could feel last night I was tired mentally," Elshorbagy told www.squashsite.com later.

"After winning the first game I knew he would give it a big push in the second as we both know there was no way today he could come back from 2/0 down as physically it would have been close to impossible after the amount of hard matches he had.

"So after the few long rallies we had in the second I knew that was good for me and I started going short more at the end of the second and I could feel he was struggling to move there because I could feel he was tired.

"I am just very happy I could back up after Qatar and the worlds."
 

Top Seeds Make Sky Open Summit

The two top seeds will contest an all-Egyptian final of the Banque Misr Sky Open after favourite Karim Darwish and second seed Mohamed Elshorbagy survived close-fought five-game semi-finals in the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the Sky Resort in New Cairo, Egypt.

For the second time in three days, world No 5 Darwish had to fight back from two games down to survive an onslaught from an up-and-coming fellow countryman.

This time the 32-year-old from Cairo's opponent was fifth seed Marwan Elshorbagy, the 20-year-old former two-time world junior champion from Alexandria - and younger brother of Mohamed.

The former world No 1 (pictured above, left, with Elshorbagy) was stretched for 64 minutes before finally prevailing 9-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6.

"I'm not sure what's going on with me, but I'd better figure it out soon, because it's not going to do well at all," conceded Darwish. "Maybe the court is very cold, and I'm not ready to face those young warriors!

"I've been playing and training with them since they were seven or eight years old, and I probably don't see them as the threat they are now - I can't imagine that they can play that well," added Darwish, now in the 42nd Tour final of his career, and his third of the year.

"So from now on, I'll have to prepare myself as if I'm playing a top four player!"

Elshorbagy junior acknowledged his opponent's greater experience: "Karim used his experience today and played better the crucial points," said the world No 32. "And all credit to him for coming back, again, from 2/0 down against a young player!

"I am happy with my performance. When you think that I nearly lost in the first round, and today, I nearly beat the world number five! So, although I'm not satisfied, I think this tournament will make me hungry for more."

Elshorbagy senior had to dig deep to see off sixth seed Omar Abdel Meguid 11-6, 5-11, 6-11, 11-1, 11-7. Meguid, the world No 35 from Giza, made the semis after upsetting No 4 seed Alister Walker.

Underdog Meguid (pictured above, left, with Elshorbagy senior) led 2/1 before his 22-year-old opponent, ranked six in the world, reclaimed the upper hand to close out the match 11-6, 5-11, 6-11, 11-1, 11-7 in 60 minutes.

"He played extremely well today - he surprised me so much with how he played and his patience and the few errors he did," acknowledged Mohamed later.

"This match was so important for me and it was difficult for me mentally as this match would get me to number four in the ranking and this is huge for me and certainly Omar made it so difficult for me with the way he played."

Elshorbagy, winner of his first PSA World Series title last week at the Qatar Classic, is now marking his fourth Tour final of the year - and the 15th of his career.
 

Meguid Makes All-Egyptian Sky Open Semis

Omar Abdel Meguid claimed the biggest scalp of his squash career when he beat world No 15 Alister Walker in the Banque Misr Sky Open to ensure an unexpected all-Egyptian semi-final line-up in the PSA World Tour International 50 event at the Sky Resort in New Cairo, Egypt.

The sixth-seeded 25-year-old from Giza battled for 45 minutes to overcome Botswana's Walker, the No 4 seed, 11-7, 13-11, 9-11, 11-5.

"It's up there with my victories over Tom Richards and Steve Coppinger," Meguid said later - referring to his upsets as a qualifier in last month's Macau Open.

"In the third I was so tired, I could feel my legs giving in - but I went back in the fourth telling myself to give it 200%, and to make it as hard for him as I could," explained the world No 35.

"Today, I concentrated on playing squash. And it worked. I knew I had it in me to do a good performance. I had a game plan, and I stuck to it!"

Meguid will now face fellow countryman Mohamed Elshorbagy, the in-form 22-year-old from Alexandria who lifted his first PSA World Series title earlier this month at the Qatar Classic.

Second seed Elshorbagy needed four games to see off compatriot Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (both pictured in Sky Open action above) 11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9 in 50 minutes.

It was a good day for the Elshorbagy family as Mohamed was joined in the semis by his younger brother Marwan Elshorbagy. The 20-year-old fifth seed secured his unexpected place in the last four at the expense of giant-killer Fares Mohamed Dessouki, the 19-year-old qualifier from his home town who ousted third seed Omar Mosaad in the previous round.

Marwan ended the teenager's run in 45 minutes, winning 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 to set up a clash with the event's top seed Karim Darwish.

"Fares is a great squash player - he proved it yesterday by beating world number nine Mosaad in five games," said Elshorbagy junior later. "He is 19 years old and reminds me of me when I was young! And if he keeps on playing like that, he'll be playing top 30 in a year. And I wish him all the best for his next tournaments.

"Fares is one of the players of my generation, and I have studied all of them for the World Juniors," added the former world junior champion. "I knew what to expect, and I used my experience. Plus I was 100% focused from the first rally."

Darwish, the world No 5 who had to recover from two games down to reach the quarter-finals, was back to his best as he cruised to a straight games win over unseeded compatriot Zahed Mohamed, winning 11-7, 11-3, 11-3 in 31 minutes.

The 32-year-old from Cairo, the 2009 Sky Open champion (pictured above with Mohamed), is just one win away from reaching his fourth successive final since 2008.
 

Dessouki Downs Mosaad In Sky Open Upset

Egyptian teenager Fares Mohamed Dessouki, ranked outside the world top 100, caused a major upset in the Banque Misr Sky Open when he overcame third seed Omar Mosaad, a senior Egyptian international, to claim an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the Sky Resort in New Cairo, Egypt.

The 19-year-old qualifier, competing in his third Tour event since reaching the World Junior Championship final in Poland in July, took the opening two games before 25-year-old Mosaad, the world No 9, recovered his form to take the next two games to level the match.

But Dessouki, coached by his opponent's brother, maintained his composure to regain the upper hand - and, after 83 minutes, celebrated his breakthrough 11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 6-11, 11-7 triumph.

"I really focused for each point of the match," the delighted teenager said later. "The court was very cold, and that really was a big bonus for me, as I just went for shots and nicks. He made a lot of errors, which is not like Omar. I know the pressure was on him, and that's very hard when you are trying to play with that weight on your shoulders.

"Omar is a very good friend - he is a brother actually. And I need to thank my coach, Mohamed Mosaad - his brother! Also, my dad and my family who are watching me on the television, and my two other coaches, Mohamed Kaay and Walid."

Dessouki will now take on fifth seed Marwan Elshorbagy, the 20-year-old world No 32 from Alexandria who guaranteed Egyptian interest in the final when he defeated South African Shaun le Roux 11-6, 11-5, 11-3.

An even bigger shock was on the cards when top seed Karim Darwish, the world No 5 from Cairo who lifted the trophy in 2009, dropped the first two games to rising Egyptian star Mohamed Abouelghar.

But the wily 32-year-old former world No 1 called upon his vast experience in the game to recover to win 11-13, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 in 75 minutes.

"I just didn't want to lose in front of my wife and my baby," said a relieved Darwish later, watched by former international Engy Kheirallah and their son Omar. "It's the first time I have played in front of him here in Egypt. I played in front of him in Malaysia, and I won. I never want to lose. And not here, in front of my wife and baby, and on Egyptian TV!"

Darwish's next opponent Zahed Mohamed also survived a marathon. The 21-year-old from Alexandria also pulled off a significant upset when he defeated eighth seed Mohd Ali Anwar Reda 13-11, 6-11, 11-7, 2-11, 11-9 in 94 minutes.

Alister Walker will be hoping to extend overseas interest in the event when he takes on Egypt's Omar Abdel Meguid for a place in the semi-finals. The No 4 seed from Botswana, ranked 15 in the world, beat England's Eddie Charlton 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-2 - while sixth seed Meguid also overcame English opposition when he defeated Jaymie Haycocks 11-9, 12-10, 11-8.
 

Sky Opens For International Squash In Egypt

International squash returned to Egypt for the first time for more than 18 months when many of the world's leading players convened for battle in the Banque Misr Sky Open, a PSA World Tour International 50 event at the Sky Resort in New Cairo.

Top seed Karim Darwish, the world No 5 from Egypt who won the title in 2009, moved safely into the second round after despatching English qualifier Youssef Abdalla (both pictured in action below) 11-3, 11-3, 11-5 in the Egyptian born 20-year-old from Essex's first match against a world top 10 player.

Former world number one Darwish, 32, will now face compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar in one of four all-Egyptian last 16 round clashes.

Abouelghar, the 20-year-old world No 59 from Giza, defeated Argentina's Gonzalo Miranda 11-7, 11-8, 11-2.

Second seed Mohamed Elshorbagy, fresh from his maiden PSA World Series title triumph success last week at the Qatar Classic, despatched qualifier Ahmed Hussein 11-5, 11-3, 11-3 - and will now face England's Joel Hinds en-route to a predicted all-Egyptian final clash with Darwish.

But Mohamed's younger brother Marwan Elshorbagy was severely tested in his first round encounter with Jordan's Ahmad Al-Saraj before taking his place in the second round. The 18-year-old from the Jordan capital Amman was handed a 'lucky loser' place in the main draw after the late withdrawal of the top-ranked Czech Republic player Jan Koukal.

The Jordanian teenager, ranked almost 100 places lower than his opponent, twice led Elshorbagy junior before the fifth seed finally prevailed 9-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9 after 83 minutes.

But two other Egyptian seeds were also taken the full distance before claiming places in the second round. Mohd Ali Anwar Reda, the No 8 seed from Cairo, twice saw Kristian Frost Olesen draw level in the match and then had to survive a tie-break decider before beating the Dane 11-7, 5-11, 11-2, 9-11, 12-10 in 106 minutes.

And it took four minutes longer for sixth seed Omar Abdel Meguid to see off 23-year-old fellow Egyptian Andrew Wagih Shoukry, ranked 25 places lower, 7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 in 110 minutes.