Mohamed ElShorbagy is through to the last eight of the PSA Men’s World Championship after defeating India’s World No.10 Saurav Ghosal in straight games in Qatar.
The World No.2 held a 6-2 advantage over the Indian coming into this third round clash, having won their last six meetings, but the pair were facing each other for the first time in over twelve months.
The first game was close all the way through to 6-6, but errors from the World No.11 allowed ElShorbagy to take a lead that he would not relinquish. The second game was much the same, with Ghosal hitting both winners and errors. ‘The Beast’ capitalised once more to double his advantage in the match.
The third was trickier for the Egyptian, who had to save two game balls to fight back after being 10-8 down. He then needed two match balls of his own, with Ghosal saving the first two, but ElShorbagy was able to get over the line in the end, booking his place in the quarter finals, where he will meet his younger brother Marwan for the third time in four events in 2019-2020.
“We both go way back and we are great friends. To beat him 3-0 is a huge boost for my confidence because it is never easy to beat him in three. Really happy to come back in that third game when I was 10-8 down. That is something I am really proud of,” ElShorbagy admitted.
“At that time, you just take it point-by-point. I actually took a lot of risks at that point in the game and I starting going for it. Sometimes it pays off and luckily it did. I was up 6-4 and I should have capitalised, but he just showed the great player he is and the experience he has by coming back into the game and the way he did so was unbelievable.
“This is my fourth tournament this season and this will be my third meeting with him [younger brother, Marwan]. It is normal because we both play in the later stages of the tournament. It is a unique situation for our sport, but we both give something different to the sport and I am glad to be a part of it.”
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt  Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 14-12 (49m)