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Mostafa Asal & Diego Elias in action

EL GOUNA INTERNATIONAL 2022 DAY SIX: PLAYER REACTION

The quarter finals of the El Gouna International 2022 conclude today, as eight more players compete for the remaining semi-final spots.

Play starts at 18:45 (GMT+2) as Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam – playing in her first Platinum quarter final – takes on World Champion Nour El Sherbini.

World Champion Ali Farag is up next, against Egyptian compatriot Marwan ElShorbagy for the second time in two weeks, followed by Egyptian No.3 seed Hania El Hammamy versus New Zealand No.5 seed Joelle King.

Mostafa Asal and Diego Elias will add another chapter to their growing rivalry in the day’s final match, with the pair contesting heated encounters in March’s GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic and May’s CIB PSA World Championships Cairo.

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Order of Play

Order of play

El Sherbini through in three

Nour El Sherbini

World Champion Nour El Sherbini kicked off the night's play with a convincing win over first-time Platinum quarter finalist Sivasangari Subramaniam at the El Gouna International 2022.

‘The Warrior Princess’ picked up exactly where she left off from the previous round as she chopped the ball in short with supreme accuracy. The young Malaysian was a little short with her length which opened the door for the Egyptian to attack the front corners.

After taking the opening game 11-5, Sherbini continued to strengthen her grip on the match. Subramaniam tried her best to counter the work of the World Champion, but it was to no avail as El Sherbini moved through the gears to take the second and third game and book her place in the quarter finals.

The World Champion had this to say after her win:

“It's hard playing a new player, she’s not new actually, she’s been on tour for a long time and Siva talented, I was trying to be prepared for it, it's difficult playing someone for the first time but I think was prepared.

“I'm a bit slow starting but there’s a difference from the first match took I can see how I'm improving and every match is different from the one before and these are the kind of matches to get me back in the mood and stay in the right rhythm.

“I'm glad I'm not having any problem, but Siva is very talented so I think we both wanted to play slower on the hot court so I think I was a bit of my advantage in this match.”

Result
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-3 (25m)

World No.1 Farag overcomes ElShorbagy to reach semis

Ali Farag celebrates his win

World No.1 Ali Farag has moved into the semi-finals of the El Gouna International after beating Marwan ElShorbagy in four games.

ElShorbagy started the better of the two and picked off loose attacks from Farag with accurate straight drops. ElShorbagy took the opening game 11-7 to lead 1-0.

Farag responded however and used his silky movement to counterattack ElShorbagy and put work into his legs. After taking the game 11-6, Farag found himself three game balls down in the third game but managed to claw his way back and sneak the game 12-10 and lead 2-1.

The score was level at 4-4 in the fourth game but this is where Farag stepped it up. The 2019 champion moved through the gears to take the game 11-7 and book his place in the final four.

Farag had this to say after his win:

“I think the World Champs always comes with nerves. This time around it’s always tricky when you play the same person so quickly, and you know how smart Marwan is, everyone is talking about the conditions, he dealt with it better to start with, I was trying to not overcook my shots but I ended up being too passive. So I told myself to be more aggressive even if you’re not going to win the point straight away, I can be more proactive but the third was the crucial one. I think I was 8-4 down but I'm very proud of the way I fought back. I was inspired by Paul and Mohamed and everyone playing this week and how much resilience they have and how they’re backing up after last week and were all pushing so hard and Marwan as well so I'm just very pleased to be through.

“Physically and mentally I'm fine, it's just emotionally. All of the hype around the tournament, you know its the pinnacle of the season and when it's done all the adrenaline fades away, but this is what we train for I have a great team behind me, I have Tim here whom I love talking squash with and he’s helped me a lot throughout my career and it kicks something in your head on the day. I want to thank my parents as well, my dad drove all the way here after finishing office hours in Cairo and my mum is always here and Nour as well so, it's all so important to me.

“I wish I could celebrate better [on becoming World No.1], I was locked in my hotel room all day, it feels amazing and consistency is the one thing we all strive for and I’m very proud to have it back and you know this season still has tournaments in it so hopefully I can hold onto it.”

Result
[2] Ali Farag beat Marwan ElShorbagy 3-1: 7-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-7 (71m)

El Hammamy beats King to reach the semis

Hania El Hammamy in action

No.3 seed Hania El Hammamy has completed the Women’s semi-final line up after beating New Zealand’s Joelle King in straight games.

El Hammamy dealt with the conditions the better of the two in the first game and asserted herself in front of her older opponent picking off loose balls in the middle of the court. She took the first game 11-4.

The second game was close throughout with neither player able to pull away on the scoreboard and rallies becoming feisty and a little scrappy. King earned the first game ball at 10-9 but the World No.3 battled back and held strong to take the game and a crucial 2-0 lead.

The youngster's momentum couldn’t be stopped in the third game. Her mix of pace and power was simply too much on this occasion for King. By taking the game 11-4, El Hammamy has set up a mouth-watering semi-final encounter with World Champion Nour El Sherbini.

The World No.3 had this to say after the match:

“Yeah I've done my homework and I don't think I needed any coaching between games or in the game, I don't think that when a coach is calming down his player, I don't think that's classed as coaching and it gave me fuel and made me play my best in the third game.

“Yeah I never had any tension with Joelle before and I don't know why she thought he was coaching and she can watch the mast back so she can see, maybe I’m wrong but I don’t think I am.

“Nour is a six-time world champion, she just won the tournament last week,if we speak about confidence, she is on a high right now but it's always a pleasure playing her and an honour to share a court with her and I'm definitely looking forward to tomorrow's match.”

Result
[3] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [5] Joelle King (NZL) 3-0: 11-4, 13-11, 11-2 (41m)

Asal downs Elias in another five-game thriller

Asal celebrates

In the last match of the night’s play, Mostafa Asal was up against the Peruvian Puma Diego Elias for a place in the semi-finals.

Asal fired out of the blocks in the opening game and powered his way into an early lead. This momentum continued as he blasted the ball into all four areas of the court and caught Elias off guard.

After taking the first game, Asal again raced out to an impressive lead at 5-0. Elias’ quality was on the way however and he managed to get to within two points at 8-6. Asal regained his rhythm from this point and closed the game out to lead 2-0.

The Qatar Classic Champion Elias started to find his own rhythm in the third game and disrupted the patterns of Asal that were causing him so much trouble in the opening two games. Elias managed to close out the third game 11-9 to keep his tournament alive.

In a closely contested fourth game, the referee became more and more involved with players struggling to both clear and get through to shots in all areas of the court. Elias himself a game ball to equalise at 10-9 and managed to earn a stroke to take the game and set up a fifth and final game.

The Egyptian started the better of the two in the final game and looked unstoppable on his way to victory. He marched on, firing off winners at the front of the court and partnered with Elias errors claimed a spot in the semi-finals.

“I’m really proud of myself today, it was tough but well controlled by John Massarella, he hasn’t refereed me in a while so it was kind of a new experience for me.” Said Asal

“Diego and I are cat and mouse, we are battling, we had four or five battles last season and he’s a great player. I have always watched him at the British Junior Open when he was Under 19 and I saw him winning all these titles. There’s more to come from him for sure.

“I have my physio here, he’s doing great work on me and Mohamed ElShorbagy. I want to thank him for everything.”

Result
[4] Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt [5] Diego Elias (PER) 3-2: 11-4, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-2 (85m)

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