World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy’s dispatched England’s Adrian Waller 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-7) to cruise into the quarter-finals of the 2018 Qatar Classic – the PSA World Tour Platinum event at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex yesterday.
Waller, who ruthlessly dispatched former World No.3 Omar Mosaad in the previous round for the loss of just seven points in total, was unable to deal with the pace and power of ElShorbagy as the Egyptian, based in Bristol, England, showed why he’s the favourite to triumph again in Doha this week.
“The way he played against Mosaad was unbelievable – you don’t beat Mosaad like that if you aren’t a great player and he showed that he is a great player with the way he played this week,” said ElShorbagy.
“He put me under a lot of pressure throughout the whole match but the most important thing is that you don’t let it get to you. I feel like I had good preparation for this event – I feel good, physically strong and mentally fresh.”
ElShorbagy will next take on Diego Elias, who defeated Mazen Hesham 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-5).
Second seed Ali Farag defeated Saurav Ghosal of India 3-0 to make the last 8.
Farag came from 7-10 down in the first to beat Ghosal (12-10, 11-4, 11-6) in 39 minutes and will meet Former champion Karim Abdel Gawad in quarter-finals.
Gawad survived a second successive five game battle, as he defeated England’s Declan James 3-2 (8-11, 11-9, 13-11, 7-11, 11-2) to advance.
“I was very impressed – he is so talented, good mover, nice swing, ball control. Today he gave me a very hard time, it was a very tough match but I expected it and enjoyed it,” said 2016 champion Gawad.
Last year’s finalist Tarek Momen came back from a game down to beat former champion James Willstrop, before Makin got the better of Mathieu Castagnet, the Frenchman forced to retire after suffering an injury early in the fourth.
Earlier in the day, Germany’s Simon Rosner, the World No.5, saw off the threat of England’s Tom Richards.
Rosner, who reached the semi-final stage here twelve months ago in what was a breakthrough result for him, was at time sluggish on court, but managed to find enough in his locker to prevail 11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7 and set up a last eight encounter with Paul Coll of New Zealand.
“Tom and I know each other well, we have played many matches against each other over the years and he played well today so I am pleased to come through,” said Rosner.
“It was good to have a few days at home last week, seeing familiar faces and getting some good training and preparation in. I know the next round will all be very tough. Against Paul you have to fight for every point. I will have to be totally focused and leave everything I have on court.”
Coll breezed into the last eight for the first time in his career following the withdrawal of his third round opponent Borja Golan of Spain.
Coll had been in complete control of their clash, taking a two game lead against little resistance, but injury forced Golan to concede the match in the early stages of the third game, gifting Coll safe passage through to the quarter-finals to face Rosner.
“In the first game I was feeling really good and fining my range,” said Coll. “I could feel from the start he wasn’t quite there.
“It was a weird one mentally. I’d rather had a real hard match and he came out injury free, it’s a shame to come through that way but obviously I’m also happy to into the quarters. I can chill out a bit today now and hopefully be fresh for tomorrow.”
 Paul Coll (NZL) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 3-0 (11-3, 12-10) retired (26m)
 Simon Rosner (GER) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 3-1 (11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7) (45m)
Diego Elias (Per) bt Mazen Hesham (Egy) (11-7, 11-6, 11-5) (36m)
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy) bt Adrian Waller (Eng) 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-7) (31m)
Joel Makin (Wal) bt Mathieu Castagnet (Fra) 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 8-3 rtd (60m)
 Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy) bt Declan James (Eng) 3-2 (8-11, 11-9, 13-11, 7-11, 11-2) (72m)
 Ali Farag (Egy) bt Saurav Ghosal (Ind) 3-0 (12-10, 11-4, 11-6) (39m)
(3] Tarek Momen (Egy) bt James Willstrop (Eng) 3-1 (7-11, 11-0, 11-1, 11-7) (39m)
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