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Matthew & Willstrop both bow out in Qatar

Posted: 14.12.12

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In a disappointing evening for the English players at the Qatar PSA World Squash Championship James Willstrop and Nick Matthew both bowed out at the semi-final stage in Doha.

The final will be an all-Egyptian affair after underdogs Mohamed El Shorbagy and Ramy Ashour triumphed against higher-ranked Englishmen in the semi-finals of the premier PSA World Tour championship.

Top seed Willstrop faced El Shorbagy, aged 21 and the youngest player in the world top 25, in the opening semi-final. After 112 minutes of outstanding squash El Shorbagy came on top and earned his maiden appearance in a world final.

“I didn’t quite get it right,” admitted the Yorkshireman about the match. "He was hitting with purpose and ferocity.

“I am as strong as anyone in the world but I felt like there was a slight drop in intensity. I haven’t had a session like that for a while.”

The world number two and defending champion Nick Matthew lined up against Ramy Ashour in the second semi-final.

The match lived up to expectations: Ashour, 13/7 ahead on career meetings and winner of their two most recent clashes, took the first two games – but the reigning champion fought back to reduce the deficit.

But, Ashour reclaimed the advantage in the fourth to win 11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8 after 72 minutes.

RESULTS: Qatar PSA World Championship, Doha, Qatar

Semi-finals:

8 Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt 1 James Willstrop (ENG) 11-9, 9-11, 14-12, 4-11, 11-8 (112m)
5 Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt 2 Nick Matthew (ENG) 11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8 (72m)