17-Nov, Day Six, QUARTER-FINALS:
Afternoon (top half):
 Nour El Sherbini (Egy) 3-0  Nouran Gohar (Egy)
11/7, 11/5, 11/6 (27m)
 Laura Massaro (Eng) 3-1  Tesni Evans (Wal)
4/11, 11/8, 13/11, 11/6
 Marwan ElShorbagy (Egy) 3-1  Gregory Gaultier
11/8, 11/8, 7/11, 11/6 (51m)
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (Egy) 3-1 Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)
11/7, 5/11, 11/9 (46m)
Evening (bottom half):
 Raneem El Welily (Egy) 3-2  Joelle King (Nzl)
17/15, 7/11, 8/11, 14/12 (66m)
 Camille Serme (Fra) 3-1  Nicol David (Mas)
8/11, 11/9, 11/6 (45m)
 Ali Farag (Egy) 3-1 [Q] Declan James (Eng)
6/11, 11/6, 11/6 (43m)
 Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy) 3-1  Tarek Momen (Egy)
12/10, 11/7, 12/14, 11/7 (70m)
Marwan topples top seed in Hong Kong
Quarters as Sherbini dethrones Gohar
The afternoon session of the Hong Kong Open quarterfinals, on
the glass court at Hong Kong Sports Centre, produced a massive
upset as Marwan Elshorbagy brushed aside a run of poor
recent results to beat top seed and world #1 Gregory Gaultier in
four games to reach his first Hong Kong semi-final.
Marwan took the first two games, then came from 1-7 down to
7-all in the third before the Frenchman pulled a game back. It
was Marwan on top again in the fourth though as he advanced to
the last four, where he'll meet his elder brother Mohamed.
Third seeded Mohamed took a two game lead over compatriot
Mohamed Abouelghar, who took the third and held a 7-1 lead in
the fourth. Like Marwan, Mohamed powered back, levelling at
9-all and taking the game 11-9 with an emphatic roar.
In the women's matches top seed and world #1 Nour El Sherbini
despatched fellow-Egyptian Nouran Gohar in straight games to
relieve her of the title she won last year, and in the semis
she'll face England's Laura Massaro, who fought back from
a game down to beat Wales' Tesni Evans.
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Camille breaks the spell as Egypt dominate
The evening session saw two terrific women's matches, both with
long winning streaks attached to them, and confirmation that
there will be an Egyptian men's champion.
Raneem El Welily had beaten Joelle King the first ten
times they played, but the Kiwi broke that spell in the last
match just this month. And she nearly did it again as the pair
engaged in a match of the highest quality, Raneem going two
games up only for Joelle to peg it back and force a fifth. The
decider was nip and tuck, and it was the Egyptian who got to
match ball 10-9, but she needed four attempts before finally
clinching her place in the semis.
Camille Serme is seeded #3, two places higher than
11-time HK champion Nicol David, but the French world #3 went
into the match 0-19 down in the head-to-heads. Camille took the
lead, and although Nicol levelled at one-all, there was no
denying this time as Camille took the next two games to end what
was for her a most unwelcome spell.
An Egyptian men's Champion was guaranteed when Ali Farag
beat English qualifier Declan James in four games. James fought
well, bringing the crowd into play at times as he took the
second game, but U.S. Open champion Farag had a little too much
in the end as he took the next two games.
Farag will face world champion Karim Abdel Gawad for a
place in the final after the #2 seed came through a tough four
game encounter with Tarek Momen, who saved a match ball in the
third game but couldn't stop Gawad from taking the fourth to
complete the all-Egyptian men's semi-final lineup.
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