22-Nov, Day SIX, Semi-Finals:
 Karim Darwish 3-2  Marwan Elshorbagy
9/11, 10/12, 11/9,
11/9, 11/6 (64m)
 Mohamed ElShorbagy 3-2  Omar Abdel Meguid
11/6, 5/11, 6/11,
11/1, 11/7 (60m)
Darwish comes back again
Karim Darwish found himself two games down for the
second time in three days in the first semi-final of the
Banque Misr Sky Open as the Sky resort in New Cairo.
Former world junior champion Marwan Elshorbagy took those
opening games 11/9, 12/10, but the world number five fought
back once again, taking the next three games to reach the
final of the tournament he won in 2009.
"I’m not sure what’s going on with me, but I’d better figure
it out soon!" said Darwish.
"I gave it all today," tweeted Marwam "Was very close from
winning but all credit to him he came back very well."
There will be one Shorbagy in the final, but second seed
Mohamed had to really work for his place, fighting back from
2-1 down to Omar Abdel Meguid to set up a repeat of the
Qatar Classic semi-final of just a week ago, which he of
course won on his way to taking that title.
The win means that not only does he have a chance of taking
a second consecutive big title, he'll also rise to number
four in the world next month.
Preview: Pick two from four Egyptians
An Egyptian winner is guaranteed, but given the trials that
the seeds have endured in earlier rounds, it's far from
certain that it will be top seeds Karim Darwish and
Mohamed Elshorbagy who will contest the Banque Misr
Sky Open final ... the younger Elshorbagy and
Omar Abdel Meguid will be desperate to reach their
first-ever $50k finals, and the cool conditions at night in
Cairo seem to be a recipe for upsets.