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Fifteen year-old overcomes top seed to claim third title
An all-Egyptian final brought the Grays Norwegian Open to a climax when Omar Abdel Aziz upset event favourite Omar Abdel Meguid to win the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event.
The 21-year-old fourth seed made her breakthrough in the semi-finals of the WSA Tour 5 event when she downed event favourite Eun Chan Ahn, the world No.61 from South Korea.
Egypt’s El Sherbini taken out in first round of WSA squash championship
The location will give hosts Egypt the chance to defend the 2011 title they won for the first time in Chennai, India, on home soil.
Five Egyptians reach last eight on home turf
Egyptian No.1 stays on course to retain El Gouna International title
Ga Sabry, whose only previous appearance in the main draw of a PSA World Series event was a first round exit in the 2013 World Championships, impressed on the Red Sea resort of El Gouna
Egyptian teenager Nour El Sherbini claimed the biggest Women’s Squash Association World Tour title of her career
England’s Laura Massaro won 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9.
18-year-old world No27 from Alexandria beat Malaysian world No1 4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 2-11, 11-9
Elshorbagy booked his place in the final with a 3-2 win over World No.1 Nick Matthew, his second consecutive win over the Englishman having beaten him in the 2013 Qatar Classic final, in a tense and hard-fought battle full of sublime squash action.
Highs and lows for Egyptian Squash players
Ashour summed up his feelings later to his Twitter followers: “Not happy to lose, but happy to come out of the court in one piece ‘injury free’, and Nick was the better player today.”
England’s Nick Matthew and Frenchman Gregory Gaultier – the two players who have replaced Ashour as the sport’s first ever joint world number ones – were also in action in Linköping.
Egyptian El Tayeb, the former world junior champion making her debut in Cleveland, brushed aside sixth-seeded New Zealander Joelle King 11-6, 11-6, 11-5.
Elshorbagy won $11,000 in prize money and a $9,000 Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch
Title-holder Shabana, the 34-year-old fourth seed, needed 61 minutes to see off 25-year-old qualifier Meguid 11-5, 18-16, 11-2.
Shabana’s victory, his first PSA World Series event title since 2011, also prevents Gaultier from becoming World No.1 outright in February as the Aix En Provance man now goes level with England’s Nick Matthew atop the rankings.
Shabana was at his sublime best to get past Matthew, who has been in arguably the best form of his career in recent months since winning the 2013 World Squash Championship in Manchester in November.
Girls U19, boys and girls U17, boys U15 and boys U13 brackets are dominated by Egyptians
Ashour was injured in the quarterfinals of Hong Kong Open in December 2013 after having recurring problems with his hamstring
The top-seeded 26-year-old from Cairo will make his Swedish debut against top-ranked German Simon Rosner in the 11th staging of the biggest PSA World Tour event in continental Europe at Linköping Sporthall.
Ashour, Al-Shorbagy brothers, Al-Weleily, Abdel Kawy and Al-Tayeb make it to the round of 16
Elsewhere in the December Rankings, Shabana’s compatriot Ramy Ashour maintained his place at World No.1, completing a 12-month spell at the top of the table.
Elshorbagy 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.
Favourite Ali Fathi will be trying to become the first Egyptian champion of the long-established event after seeing off Canadian hope Dane Sharp, the fourth seed from Toronto, 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 in 37 minutes.
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.
The match had all the makings of a great climax to the seventh PSA World Series event staged before a packed crowd at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex.
Former world number one Darwish, 32, will now face compatriot Mohamed Abul-Ghar in one of four all-Egyptian last 16 round clashes.