Courageous Shorbagy stuns top seed Willstrop

December 14, 2012 - 1:09:53 am

BY ARMSTRONG VAS

DOHA: Egypt’s 21-year-old Mohamed El Shorbagy and compatriot Ramy Ashour will clash in the final of the PSA World Championship at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex here today.

In yesterday’s semi-finals, Shorbagy and Ashour took contrasting routes to the title clash.

If the first semi-final between Shorbagy and world No.1 James Willstrop lasted for a marathon 112 minutes  and a turned into a five-game affair, the second finished in just 71 minutes with Ashour ending Nick Mathew’s dream of winning the title for the third consecutive year.

Ashour, champion in 2008, won 11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8.

In the first semi-final, Shorbagy, the youngest player in the world top 25 – upset the top seed to breeze into his maiden final of the premier PSA World Tour championship.

The Alexandria-born seemed to have continued from where he left of in the quarter-finals where he defeated compatriot fourth seed Karim Darwish.

Shorbagy, who joined PSA in 2006 as a 15-year-old and is coached by legendary Jonah Barrington, won 11-9, 9-11, 14-12, 4-11, 11-8.

The first thing the former two-time junior champion did after his win was to request the tournament MC Robert Edwards  to allow him time to go and give a big hug to his mother and brother Marwan El Shorbagy, the reigning junior champion.

“I do not have words to say, what can I say, it is unbelievable,” said Shorbagy. 

“I am not thinking about the final at the moment, when I get in the morning I will give a thought to it. 

“It is my mother’s birthday tomorrow, if I win it will be a great birthday gift to her and I will work hard to deliver the big gift to her,” said Shorbagy.

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