Friday 17 October 2008

Shabana in little mood to follow upsets

Amr Shabana in an earlier eventReigning Champion Amr Shabana took care of business in just 20 minutes in his quarter final against Mohamed El Shorbagy this afternoon.

His easy 11/2, 11/3, 11/6 victory made sure that there would be no upset in a week that has so far been chock-full of them ...

El Shorbagy had burst on to the scene earlier in the week with a shock win over Thierry Lincou, but his Egyptian team mate Shabana was not hanging around to become another scalp for the youngster, losing only 11 points in the match.

Earlier in the day Nick Matthew managed to take a game from second seed Ramy Ashour (is he still the hottest prospect in men's squash?!), who started the match slowly before gathering momentum.

Vicky Botwright continued her amazing final attempt in the world's premier squash event with a four-game win over Alison Waters. She now faces Jenny Duncalf in the semis, which guarantees an English woman in the final for the first time since Cassie Jackman lost to Carol Owens in Hong Kong in 2003.

Duncalf earlier beat Natalie Grinham for the first time in 13 attempts.

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