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Day SEVEN : Round THREE

All of the sixteen remaining players were in action at the Meydenbauer Center today as the quarter-finalists were decided.

Willstrop takes out top seed as four Egyptians make the last eight

SP_12538The day started with an upset as unseeded Ali Farag beat sixth seed Simon Rosner in tour games, followed by wins from third and fifth seeds Gregory Gaultier and Miguel Rodriguez.

SP_12570Then an even bigger upset followed as unseeded James Willstrop beat top seed and world #1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in four pulsating games to set up a semi against Rodriguez. Willstrop could easily have won in straight games as Shorbagy saved three match balls in the third, but one was enough in the fourth.

Two Egyptian victories followed as Omar Mosaad reached the quarter-finals for the first time with a tough four game win over Borja Golan, while defending champion Ramy Ashour also needed four games to get past his third successive Egyptian opponent, Karim Abdel Gawad.

SP_12574Three time champion Nick Matthew reached his ninth straight World Champs quarterfinal, squeezing home in the first two games before finishing off Marwan Elshorbagy in three, and he’ll meet Tarek Momen, who made it four Egyptians in the last eight as he came from a game down to beat Gregoire Marche.

Check out the match reports below the results …

Thu 19th Nov, Round THREE:

Ali Farag (Egy) 3-1 [6] Simon Rösner (Ger) 7-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-9 (77m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 3-0 Karim Ali Fathi (Egy) 11-5, 11-3, 11-3 (28m)

[5] Miguel Rodriguez (Col) 3-1 [9] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)  7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-2 (75m)
James Willstrop (Eng) 3-1 [1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy) 11-4, 11-7, 10-12, 11-7 (64m)

[7] Omar Mosaad (Egy) 3-1 [14] Borja Golan (Esp)  6-11, 11-4, 11-2, 13-11 (65m)
[4] Ramy Ashour (Egy) 3-1 [12] Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy) 11-6, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7 (54m)

[2] Nick Matthew (Eng) 3-0 [10] Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy)  13-11, 12-10, 11-5 (53m)
[8] Tarek Momen (Egy) 3-1 Gregoire Marche (Fra)  7-11, 11-3, 11-3, 11-7 (55m)

EN BREF – don’t miss it GALLERY – lots of photos Video Highlights

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