World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy is through to the last four of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic after getting past Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal in a deciding game tie-break.
The pair had met at the Channel VAS Championships in November, where ElShorbagy snuck the win in a tie-break in the fifth, and although it is best-of-three in London, the exact same happened here.
The Egyptian took a strong lead in the first, only for Ghosal to fight back to take it 13-11, but once again, ElShorbagy started strongly in the second, and he went on to level up the match, thanks to pushing the tempo even higher than the first.
He then held a 10-5 lead in the third and deciding game, only to see Ghosal come racing back. Through some superb shot-making, the Indian No.1 saved five match balls. However, a couple of mistakes gifted the victory to ElShorbagy, who will face World Champion Tarek Momen in a repeat of last year’s semi-final.
“I am very disappointed, not at the match. We train so hard to be on court in front of everyone and we kill each other for you, so if one of us gets booed it is really disrespectful, for both of us.
We fight so hard for everyone to give such an exciting match and it is not a nice feeling for anyone when someone gets booed, because when we shook hands, there was so much respect between both of us. We appreciated what we had done to each other!
“Saurav has been in good form this tournament. To beat Simon who is also playing good squash at the moment, and then he was only two points away from me. I am really happy to see him playing well because he was struggling with his body.”
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 2-1: 11-13, 11-7, 12-10 (51m)