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Marwan ElShorbagy in action against Mazen Hesham on day six of the CIB Egyptian Open

CIB Egyptian Open QFs: ElShorbagy Through to Fourth Successive Semi

World No.7 Marwan ElShorbagy is through to a fourth successive PSA World Tour semi-final after ending the resistance of compatriot Mazen Hesham following 60 minutes of action in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

ElShorbagy has been the man in form on the PSA World Tour since the restart after his CIB PSA World Tour Finals triumph which followed semi-finals at the Manchester Open and the Canary Wharf Classic, the latter of which was the final tournament to be held before the tour suspension.

The opening game saw ElShorbagy hit consistent lines, with his shots into the back of the court glued to the side wall, meaning Hesham found opportunities to utilise his shot-making talents few and far between.

ElShorbagy snuck the opening game 11-9, but Hesham had the bit between his teeth in the second and levelled against a distracted opponent who engaged in too many discussions with the referee.

That frustration almost boiled over in the third as ElShorbagy was warned with the possibility of a conduct stroke given against him if he continued his remonstrations.

He kept his cool though to close it out 11-7 and was in the ascendancy in the fourth to win it 11-3. He will play World Champion Tarek Momen or Peru’s Diego Elias in the semi-finals.

“I’m a little bit annoyed with myself for this performance,” ElShorbagy said.

“Before this season I said to myself that if I have to play against my opponent and sometimes the referee, sometimes the decision won’t go my way and I have to accept that Today, I felt I was getting on with the referees and not focusing on my game.

“I’m happy to win the match though and I’m pretty sure I’ll be sharper for tomorrow’s match. I played okay, I wasn’t too happy with today’s performance but I’m happy to win and get through and get into the semis, anything is better than losing today.”

[6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 11-3 (60m)

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