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BritOpen Update: Elshorbagy to Contest Final With Ashour


World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy will renew his fierce rivalry with fellow Egyptian Ramy Ashour in the final of the 2016 Allam British Open, PSA World Series tournament, after he swept past Karim Abdel Gawad in straight games to make the final in Hull.

Elshorbagy dominated the 44-minute spectacle and gave Gawad very little chance to attack with a series of punishing drives keeping his younger compatriot rooted in the back of the court.

“This time will be completely different from the last times we have played. The day before the tournament, we were on the bus and it was the first time we had talked about the El Gouna tournament last year. I remember that the match affected him physically and he couldn’t play another tournament for a few months.

“Mentally, it affected me as well so it was different for both of us. I live for these kind of matches and I am sure he does as well. We have never played a whole season together, it’s always been just two or three matches, so I would love him to be injury free so we could have such a great rivalry.

“If we both stay injury free we’re going to give something special for our sport. He played an amazing match today because Greg [Gaultier] was playing so well and it was great to see him moving and he has been getting better every day. I am sure that, tomorrow, we will have such an amazing match in front of an amazing crowd.”

Result – Semi-Final: Men’s Allam British Open 2016
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (44m)

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