Egypt's former World No.1s Mohamed ElShorbagy and Karim Abdel Gawad will go head-to-head in today's Channel VAS Championships at St. George's Hill in Weybridge, England.
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ElShorbagy and Gawad are no strangers to each other having faced each other on the PSA Tour 14 times previously, with two of those clashes coming in finals.
ElShorbagy has got his hands on the title once before at the St. George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club back in 2017 when he defeated compatriot Ali Farag in the final. Gawad, meanwhile, was a semi-finalist last year in his first appearance at the PSA World Tour Gold event in Weybridge, England.
The last final the two players met in was the 2017 Oracle NetSuite Open final where ElShorbagy claimed a 3-0 victory. However, Gawad did win the last meeting between the pair at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals in a best-of-three format in June, eventually going on to take the title in Cairo.
ElShorbagy has secured ten wins over his compatriot, comapred to Gawad's four, but both players have enjoyed strong starts to the 2019/20 season, with World No.2 ElShorbagy winning two tournaments – the China Squash Open and Oracle NetSuite Open – as he looks to get his World No.1 ranking back, while Gawad stormed to victory at the CIB Egyptian Squash Open PSA Platinum event earlier this month.
For 28-year-old ElShorbagy it has been a tough week with the Bristol-based Egyptian spending a gruelling 188 minutes on court so far this week and being pushed to five games by India’s Saurav Ghosal in the quarter finals in one of the matches of the week.
In contrast, Gawad has spent significantly less time in action this week with 128 minutes and 3-0 wins in his last two rounds over compatriot Marwan ElShorbagy and New Zealand’s World No.5 Paul Coll yesterday.
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