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Published: Thursday April 17, 2014 MYT 3:46:00 PM
Updated: Thursday April 17, 2014 MYT 3:48:29 PM

Maestro fights off young Omar at El Gouna

Amr Shabana (front) in a file photo. He beat compatriot Omar Mosaad 12-10, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8 in the quarter-finals of the El Gouna International Open.

Amr Shabana (front) in a file photo. He beat compatriot Omar Mosaad 12-10, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8 in the quarter-finals of the El Gouna International Open.

PETALING JAYA: Four-time world champion Egyptian Amr Shabana rolled back the years as he proved too strong for compatriot Omar Mosaad in the quarter-finals of the El Gouna International Open, in Egypt, on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old Amr, fondly known as “The Maestro” played an economical and efficient game to beat the 26-year-old Omar 12-10, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8.

“I have to train extremely hard because it’s tough to keep up with these young kids,” said Amr on www.squashsite.co.uk.

“To beat them, I really needed to utilise the whole court, from its height to width, just to win.

“It took me everything just to beat Omar. Considering it was my third match on the glass court and only his first, it was still rather uncomfortable for me.

“Still, I’ve put in so much hard work to reach (this point) and I’m happy to win.”

The left-handed Egyptian will go on to meet compatriot and world No. 4 Ramy Ashour in the semi-finals.

World No. 1 Gregory Gaultier of France meanwhile is the sole non-Egyptian player left after seeing off the challenge of eighth seed Englishman Daryl Selby, winning 11-3, 11-2, 12-10.

Gaultier will meet third seed Mohamed El Shorbagy in the semi-finals.

Tags / Keywords: squash, Amr Shabana, Omar Mosaad, El Gouna International Open, Gregory Gaultier, Ramy Ashour

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