Defending Allam British Open champion Mohamed Elshorbagy safely secured his passage into the semi-finals of the 2016 instalment of the prestigious PSA World Series tournament with a strong 3-0 victory over Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez in Hull’s Airco Arena.
Rodriguez put in a valiant display but, despite some excellent retrieval skills and a trademark dive wowing an enraptured crowd, Elshorbagy’s class shone through as the World No.1 powered through to the win in straight games.
“Trying to defend this title is going to mean so much to me and my team,” said Elshorbagy.
“Winning it the first time is always the toughest but, now I have won, I’m relaxed. You deal with each match differently. Today was very tough because it was very hot today and they are the perfect conditions for him and the worst conditions for me. It’s easier to play a quick player in cold conditions because you can kill the ball and go for your shots.
“I had to deal with and I was glad I was able to slow down the pace and keep it as tight as I can. He played really well but this is the British Open and I am playing my best squash here.”
Elshorbagy could face his brother, Marwan, in a sibling semi-final showdown with the younger Elshorbagy set to meet compatriot Karim Abdel Gawad for a place in the last four.
Result – Quarter-Final: Men’s Allam British Open 2016
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt  Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (47m)
By Paul Joannou
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