Mohamed Wins Shorbagy Showdown In Macau

  • 10/20/2012 11:13 pm
Mohamed Wins Shorbagy Showdown In Macau

Mohamed Wins Shorbagy Showdown In Macau

 

Experienced prevailed in the first PSA World Tour clash between the Egyptian brothers Mohamed El Shorbagy and Marwan El Shorbagy in today's semi-finals of the Macau Open

Oct 20 2012

Experienced prevailed in the first PSA World Tour clash between the Egyptian brothers Mohamed El Shorbagy and Marwan El Shorbagy in today's semi-finals of the Macau Open when senior sibling Mohamed prevailed in four games to reach the final of the PSA World Tour International 50 event on an all-glass court sited by the famous A-Ma Temple in Macau.

Second seed Mohamed (pictured), ranked eight in the world, took the opening game - but 19-year-old Marwan, two years behind in age and 14 places lower in the PSA world rankings, survived the next tie-break game to level the match.

But El Shorbagy junior was unable to keep up the pressure as Mohamed closed out the next two games to record his historic 11-4, 10-12, 11-3, 11-9 victory.

"I hated every single second of that match," joked the winner later. "I am normally in the same side of my brother cheering for him!! And today the thought that I actually had to try and beat him was just so hard for me.

"He is the one I train with twice a day, every day. We live together, we travel together, we talk every day about tactics and how to play against other players," added the 21-year-old. "More than that, we are best friends - we know everything about each other, so anyone can imagine how tough it is playing him after all that.

"We both understand each other so well - we could read each other really well on court.

"It was just so tough mentally and I hope this match won't happen again in the future. But it's just a hope, as I know we are going to be playing a lot. He'll get up in the ranking fast - he just needs to have some confidence in himself because I think sometimes he doesn't know how good he can be. He beat a top 10 player in this tournament and he was almost going to take me to five too!

"I just love my little brother, even though I didn't really like it that he almost took me to five today!"

Marwan was not too displeased with the outcome: "Yes obviously a great match, very fair and we both enjoyed it - enjoyed every single moment of it!

"And obviously my brother deserved to win. He's been playing well recently and I hope he wins tomorrow. I know how hungry he is for this season and I'm very excited for him."

Mohamed's opponent will be higher-ranked compatriot Karim Darwish, the top seed and world No4 who also survived a four-game match, beating fellow countryman Karim Abdel Gawad 11-1, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3.

While former world number one Darwish, aged 31, is celebrating his 39th PSA Tour final, El Shorbagy is marking the tenth of his career.

Semi-finals:
[1] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 11-1, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3
[2] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) 11-4, 10-12, 11-3, 11-9