Egypt’s World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy marched past New Zealand’s World No.35 Campbell Grayson to continue his strong FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships title defence in Philadelphia.
The former World No.1, who is unbeaten so far this season after winning the China Squash Open and Oracle NetSuite Open titles, was in dominate form to take the opening two games before Grayson staged a late comeback in the third to save four match balls.
However, ElShorbagy was able to utilise his mental strength to take the victory by an 11-6, 11-7, 12-10 scoreline in 42 minutes and will now face Grayson’s countryman Paul Coll in the next round for a place in the semi-finals.
“I’m really happy to be back here in the quarters, the U.S. Open is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the calendar,” said Bristol-based ElShorbagy afterwards.
“It’s a Platinum event and we all aim for these. It’s our first time playing against each other and we have even only practised against each other once or twice. He came to Bristol before the British Open in May and he is one of the nicest guys I have ever met in my life. We had a really good match, it was fair and clean and maybe I lost a little bit of focus at the end of the third and he showed how good he is as a squash player as he came back at me and I’m glad I finished it through in the end.
“Paul has been doing really well and he had a really good end of season, especially his couple of matches with Farag and he obviously kept improving. He hasn’t lost a match so far this season and I think we are the only two players to have done that so far and unfortunately one of us will have to lose and hopefully it isn’t me.
“To win it once is unbelievable, to win it three times is something I will be proud of for the rest of my life, but I don’t want it to stop here I want to put my name on the trophy for the fourth time.”
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 12-10 (42m)