Quarters: and it’s all Egyptians in the semis!

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Thu 15th Oct, Day SIX, Quarter-Finals (bottom)

[2] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 Joshna Chinappa (Ind)        11-5, 11-9, 11-9 (33m)
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy 3-1 Mazen Hesham      11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 11-3 (60m)
[4] Nour El Tayeb 3-0 Salma Hany                         11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (35m)
[3] Tarek Momen 3-2 [5] Diego Elias (Per)  7-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6, 11-7 (88m)

World Champion CIB Tarek Momen fought through the pain barrier to overcome Peru’s Diego Elias earlier today in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza to ensure that there will be all-Egyptian semi-finals in both the men’s and women’s CIB Egyptian Open.

World No.4 looked to be struggling with stomach cramps and was off the pace as Elias struck up a 2-1 lead, with Momen doubled over after some taxing rallies.

Momen hasn’t found his best squash since the restart of the PSA World Tour, but the 32-year-old put in a gutsy performance to overturn that deficit and grind out an 7-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6, 11-7 victory which sees him extend his winning run over Elias to seven matches.

Momen will play Marwan ElShorbagy for a place in the final after ElShorbagy dispatched surprise quarter-finalist Mazen Hesham by a 3-1 margin.

Hesham had dispatched defending champion Karim Abdel Gawad and India’s Saurav Ghosal earlier on in the event but came up against a resolute ElShorbagy who completed an 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 11-3 victory in 60 minutes.n the women’s event, World Champion Nour El Sherbini and World No.4 Nour El Tayeb will face off following respective wins over India’s Joshna Chinappa and Egypt’s Salma Hany.

World No.2 El Sherbini, competing on the court where she won her fourth World Championship crown 11 months ago, overcame India’s Joshna Chinappa 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 in 34 minutes to book a place in her sixth successive semi-final. El Sherbini’s match with CIB Nour El Tayeb will be a repeat of their clash at the same stage of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals two weeks ago.

El Tayeb ended a run of five straight defeats to El Sherbini when she overcame her compatriot in that match at the Mall of Arabia, and she will have a chance to repeat that feat after beating Hany 11-6, 11-5, 11-5.

Yesterday (Click on the results to see the reports)

[6] Hania El Hammamy3-2 [3] Camille Serme (Fra) 9-11, 17-15, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8 (91m)
Mostafa Asal 3-2 [4] Paul Coll (Nzl)                    8-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-3, 12-10 (103m)
[1] Nouran Gohar 3-0 Nele Gilis (Bel)                                   11-4, 11-9, 11-9 (45m)
[1] Ali Farag 3-0 Gregory Gaultier (Fra)                                11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (50m)