Three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour's hopes of winning the 2016 Al Ahram Squash Open NewGiza – the illustrious $100k tournament taking place at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza – came to a crushing and premature end as he limped off court during today's quarter-final encounter with Ali Farag.
Mid way through what was shaping up to be a closely fought first game, Ashour stopped after an innocuous looking movement, but was immediately in pain and was forced to shake his opponent's hand and concede as his injury demons struck once again to grant Farag passage into the last four to face World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy.
Nour El Sherbini cruised to victory over Omneya Abdel Kawy
“I told all my friends to come and watch me and the thought of losing was going through my head. At 10-8 in the third I had that thought of winning and having that picture of the pyramids in the background and boom it hit me and I crumbled.
“But I kept pushing and pushing and I have a rest day tomorrow so I can train and work on a few things and hopefully play better in the next round.”
Al Ahram Squash Open NewGiza – Women's Quarter-final Results
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt  Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 3-0: 11-1, 11-4, 11-8 (23m)
[WC] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt  Alison Waters (ENG) 3-2: 11-6, 11-6, 11-13, 12-14, 11-8 (83m)
Al Ahram Squash Open NewGiza – Women';s Quarter-finals – To Be Played September 21
 Raneem El Welily (EGY) v  Amanda Sobhy (USA)
Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v  Nicol David (MAS)
Al Ahram Squash Open NewGiza – Men's Quarter-final Results:
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt  Simon Rösner (GER) 3-2: 5-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-6, 11-5 (66m)
 Ali Farag (EGY) bt  Ramy Ashour (EGY) 3-0: 6-5 retired (15m)
Al Ahram Squash Open NewGiza – Men's Quarter-final – To Be Played September 21
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v  Tarek Momen (EGY)
[LL] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v  Omar Mosaad (EGY)