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Nour el Sherbini (l) and Camille Serme (r) are both in action this evening

El Gouna International - Day Four Glass Court: As It Happens

The fourth day’s play continues at Abu Tig Marina this evening, as the glass court takes centre stage for the conclusion of the second round action..

Twelve matches have already taken place on the traditional courts at El Gouna Squash Complex this afternoon ahead of this evening's play.

The action gets underway at 18:30 local (GMT+2), as reigning Champion Marwan ElShorbagy gets his El Gouna campaign underway against compatriot, and World No.8, Mohamed Abouelghar.

Also on court tonight are World No.2s Mohamed ElShorbagy and Nour el Sherbini, as they kick off their tournaments. France’s Camille Serme also begins her El Gouna camping.

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Schedule – Glass Court

You can also catch up with what happened at the side courts at El Gouna Squash Complex earlier today here.

Serme Defeats Blatchford Clyne In Three

Camille Serme (r) got the better of Olivia Blatchford Clyne

Camille Serme eased into the third round of the El Gouna International, after a straight games victory over the United States’ No.2, Olivia Blatchford Clyne.

The Frenchwoman established strong leads in both the first and second games, and was able to carry them through to the end, as she looked to secure a third straight victory over her American opponent.

Blatchford Clyne was suffering from shin splints throughout the game, and was therefore unable to put up the fight she would have wanted to.

However, the American No.2 fought hard in the third, and even had the lead for the majority of it. But Serme came fighting back to win it on a tie-break, setting up a clash with Wales’ Tesni Evans on Monday evening.

“I am happy, obviously. I was a bit nervous for this match because it is the first one, first one on the glass as well,” Serme said.

“The conditions are not easy, it is quite windy today. Even though you know it is the same for both players, I just tried to stay positive even though it was hard to play a good game.

“Even with the racquet you can feel the resistance [of the wind] before hitting the ball and sometimes the ball would stop if you lob. As I said, though, it is the same for both players.

“Tomorrow I will have a light session on the glass if I can. I know I am playing Tesni [Evans] next, so I know her pretty well, but I will still prepare for the match tactically so I can be ready on Monday.”

[4] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 12-10 (31m)

Marwan Comes Back From the Brink

Marwan ElShorbagy got his title defence off to a rocky start, but came through in the end

Marwan ElShorbagy is into the third round of the El Gouna International after he survived a scare from compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar.

The Egyptian won the title last year, after beating current World No.1 Ali Farag, but it looked like he could have gone out after just a single match this time round.

The World No.8 came out and won the first game with relative ease, before ElShorbagy got going properly. The 25-year-old won both the second and third games to take the lead.

But then the matched switched on its head again, as Abouelghar chased down a first victory in four matches over his compatriot on the PSA World Tour.

The Cairo-based man won the fourth 11-9, and went on to come back from 7-2 down in the fifth to turn it around and have two match balls.

However, ElShorbagy saved both with some attacking intent, and eventually won the fifth on a tie-break, 13-11, to book his place in the third round, setting up a clash with Nicolas Mueller on Monday.

“It was tough man. It is always tough with Abouelghar. We have played so many times,” ElShorbagy said.

“We played a lot so we know each other’s games very well. We haven’t played for a long time so that probably meant the start was really scrappy, even though he started the better of us.

“I think we both settled from the third game, I would say. It was a tough match and I expected no less. To be able to win today, I am quite happy with the result. There are a few things I need to improve for my next match, but it is just good to get into the tournament with a win like this.

“I haven’t beaten a top ten player in a long time and Abouelghar has been playing some amazing squash. I did not know what to expect because this is the best he has ever played. He is on the way up and he now is in the top eight. He is one of the most talented squash players.

“I was 9-6 up in the fifth and I made a few errors. I don’t know whether it was the wind or whether I was nervous. I don’t know what it was. I then went for it when I was match ball down and that is not normally my gameplan, but I thought if I don’t go for it then he will. I didn’t want him to finish the match on a winner.”

Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-2: 5-11, 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 13-11 (62m)

Sherbini Sails Into Last 16

Nour el Sherbini (l) overcame compatriot Yathreb Adel

Nour el Sherbini is into the third round of the El Gouna International after she defeated compatriot Yathreb Adel in straight games.

Surprisingly, the pair had only met twice before on the PSA World Tour, despite having both turned professional in the early part of 2009.

The first game was a scrappy one, with neither player able to find any momentum, but Sherbini was able to pull through in the end to take an early lead.

She followed that up with a win in the second game, but that came much tougher, as Adel tried to fight back. However, the World No.2 was too strong for her compatriot, and is now into the third round where she will face Nadine Shahin.

“Playing Yathreb in the second round is a very tricky match. We have been playing for a long, long time. I can’t describe how long we have been playing against each other.

“It was a tough first round but I am happy with the way I played and I am happy with my performance. I am trying to get back in the mood after the DPD Open. It was a very short couple of days between them but it was a good start and hopefully it will keep going for the rest of the week.

“I think this was better than last year, with the wind. It did not affect me as much, but I am not sure if she had the experience of playing on this court with this wind, but I had that experience from last year so maybe it was a good advantage for me.

“Gouna is always special and unique and I love being here. I love the vibe and the people. Your family and friends come and watch you. It is great being here and apart from the wind, the venue here is really amazing. Everything is perfect for me and hopefully this year is going to be another good memory for me as well.”

[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Yathreb Adel (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-4 (28m)

Mohamed ElShorbagy Beats Lee to Reach Round Three

Mohamed ElShorbagy (r) and Max Lee in action on the glass court

2016 champion Mohamed ElShorbagy joined younger brother Marwan in round three after overcoming Hong Kong’s Max Lee in four games to bring day four to a close.

The World No.2 wasn’t at his best throughout the encounter and was tested by a tenacious Lee, who fought back from 10-7 down to a force a tie-break in the first game, with ElShorbagy narrowly prevailing.

The second was all Lee as he stormed to an 11-3 victory after winning a number of fast-paced exchanges, but the physical exertion looked to take its toll on the man from Hong Kong as he made a number of errors in the third.

That let ElShorbagy take control once again, and the Bristol-based 28-year-old recorded 11-4, 11-6 victories in the third and fourth games, respectively, to complete the win and earn his place against Mexico’s Cesar Salazar in the last 16.

“There wasn't much time to prepare, we've all been playing tournament after tournament,” ElShorbagy said.

“We just came back from Eindhoven three or four days ago, and before that we had Grasshopper in Zurich, so we haven't had much preparation.

“Mentally, we're all trying to push for the last couple of tournaments at the end of the season. Hopefully we can play some great matches here.

“I'll try and refresh myself mentally, have a physical session, train a little bit. It's not about how much you do during these rest days, it's about how much you can recover.”

[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-1: 13-11, 3-11, 11-4, 11-6 (41m)

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