Wednesday 15 October 2008

El Shorbagy beats former Champion to come of age

Mohamed El Shorbagy at this year's World Junior ChampionshipsMohamed El Shorbagy shocked Manchester yesterday with 12-10, 11-6, 7-11, 10-12, 13-11 (81m) victory over French sixth seed Thierry Lincou.

In the first big upset of the Hi-Tec World Squash Championships, the Egyptian junior World Champion appears to have made an immediate transition into the top tier of the senior game ...

Those who have been following El Shorbagy's rapid progress of the past year will perhaps not be surprised that he has claimed his biggest win to date at the Worlds, but even they would not have foreseen him beating former World Champion and world number one Lincou.

The 17 year-old from Alexandria is coached at Millfield School by legend of the game Jonah Barrington. He now faces compatriate Hisham Ashour in the third round, before a potential quarter-final tie against top seed Amr Shabana.

Elsewhere, other upsets - though perhaps less earth-shattering than El Shorbagy's win - included Samantha Teran, the 16th seed, crashing out to Annie Au, a 19-year-old qualifier from Hong Kong 11-5, 11-4, 3-11, 11-5.

New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes also defeated higher seeded former Champion Vanessa Atkinson, despite a fightback from the Dutch player, to win 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 10-12, 11-5.

Hi-Tec World Squash Championships

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