World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy notched up his tenth consecutive victory on the PSA World Tour as he downed compatriot Omar Mosaad in straight games to book a place in the quarter-finals of the 2018 Grasshopper Cup – the PSA M100 tournament taking place in Zurich.
ElShorbagy, the current World Champion, has lost just two of his last 40 PSA World Tour matches – winning seven titles in the process – and continued to carry his imperious form into Zurich as he dealt with everything Mosaad, a former World No.3, could throw at him in throughout a 47 minute encounter.
The 27-year-old was just too accurate and too aggressive for Mosaad, forcing a plethora of errors from the racket of the hard-hitting man from Cairo as he wrapped up the win 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8
“Omar is a very high quality player – he’s been inside the top four before so I knew I had to be focused from the very first point against him tonight,” said ElShorbagy.
“I’ve been having an incredible season, but this time of the season is very dangerous because there are still a few events to play before the summer break and you have to stay sharp mentally.
“I’m here to give it my best shot to win and there are still some big events to come which I want to win to finish the season strong.
“I have a huge challenge in this event but that is the kind of challenge that I train for.”
ElShorbagy will now face Tarek Momen, the man he beat to win the Qatar Classic in October, in the quarter-finals in what promises to be a compelling encounter after the World No.6 put in a hugely impressive display to defeat Spaniard Borja Golan 3-0.
Momen, known on Tour as ‘The Viper’, has played some of the best squash of his career this season, reaching three finals including at last week’s Canary Wharf Classic where he also lost out to ElShorbagy, and continued to play relentlessly efficient squash to take out Golan 12-10, 11-4, 11-3.
“I’m happy with the way I played today,” said Momen.
“Borja is a very tough opponent and I hadn’t played him for five years so I didn’t know what to expect. I knew had to be very focused.
“In the first game he gave me a scare, I was 9-3 up and he played some ridiculous squash and all of a sudden he was back and almost winning the game. So I’m happy that I managed to scrap that one out and then in the next two I think I played really well.”
The other winners on day two of action were former World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad, who recorded a routine win over Scottish qualifier Greg Lobban, while England’s former World No.1 James Willstrop secured his place in the last eight with a 3-0 win over India’s Saurav Ghosal.
Result – First Round (Bottom Half): 2018 Grasshopper Cup
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [Q] Greg Lobban (SCO) 3-0: 14-12, 11-9, 11-8 (43m)
James Willstrop (ENG) bt  Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0: 12-10, 11-9, 11-4 (49m)
 Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 3-0: 12-10, 11-4, 11-3 (41m)
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-1: 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8 (47m)
Draw – Quarter-finals
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v  Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
 Ramy Ashour (EGY) v  Simon Rösner (GER)
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v James Willstrop (ENG)
 Tarek Momen (EGY) v  Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)