Top seed Mohamed El Shorbagy after taking a fall on the slippery court during the semi-finals of the CIMB Malaysian Open on Friday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Top seed Mohamed El Shorbagy entered the final of the CIMB Malaysian Open, but only just.
In fact, the world No. 3 from Egypt had considered pulling out before his semi-final match against compatriot Tarek Momen as the court was too old and slippery.
The all-glass show court was bought in 2007 and has since been used every year.
Mohamed decided to play and eventually won 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 despite slipping numerous times.
“To be honest, the court condition is really bad. Even yesterday in the quarter-finals all of us (players) were slipping especially at the front right corner,” said Mohamed.
“I wasn’t planning to play because I didn’t want to risk an injury but I decided to do it for the crowd.
“It’s also a policy of mine to never quit a match once I started. But I really took a risk because it was really scary everytime Tarek and I went for a forehand shot.
“Don’t get me wrong, I really love coming to Malaysia, the crowd is great but with a court that is old, we players feel we do not get the respect we deserve.”
The Egyptian, who lost the 2012 final to Tarek, will meet surprise package Max Lee of Hong Kong.
Sixth seeded Max brought out his best to topple second seed Borja Golan of Spain 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7