Egypt’s World No.4 Karim Abdel Gawad displayed a masterclass performance against compatriot and World No.10 Marwan ElShorbagy to reach the semi-finals of the Channel VAS Championships at St. George’s Hill.
The former World Champion was pushed to five by England’s George Parker yesterday, but Gawad showed his focus was switched on today as he dominated from the outset to comfortably put ElShorbagy to the sword by an 11-7, 11-6, 11-4 margin in 32 minutes.
He will face New Zealand’s World No.5 Paul Coll tomorrow for a place in the final.
“Marwan is a very tough opponent and he has the ability to come back any time, so even though I was leading four or five points in each game I knew he had the ability to come back.
“I had to focus and be on my toes for every single shot to try and not give him a chance of a comeback.
“Marwan is hungry, he came back very strong and is playing the best squash, he reached the semis of the Worlds last week, so I knew I had to be on my toes the whole match, and be focused on every single shot. I prepared for this match the whole day, and I had to play my best squash.”
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt  Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (32m)