Egypt’s world number ones Mohamed ElShorbagy and Nour El Sherbini have qualified for the last eight of the men’s and women’s draw respectively at the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Hong Kong Open.
Top seed El Shorbagy beat England’s Tom Richard 11-6, 11-7, 12-10 in just over half an hour at the Hong Kong Squash Centre to advance to the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Platinum event.
Paul Coll will be ElShorbagy’s next opponent as the New Zealander also overcame an Englishman, defeating Declan James 13-11, 11-9, 11-9 in an hour.
The second quarter-final in the men’s draw will be an all Egyptian affair as Mohamed Abouelghar and Tarek Momen clash for a place in the last four.
Abouelghar beat Malaysia’s Ng Eain Yow 12-10, 11-4, 11-4, while world number four Momen overcame Germany’s Raphael Kandra 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8.
Germany will have a representative in the quarter-finals as Simon Rösner will take on Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez.
The world number five beat Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller 11-4, 11-4, 11-7 as Rodriguez defeated Egypt’s Zahed Salem 11-7, 11-7, 11-7.
Egypt’s Ali Farag and Karim Abdel Gawad complete the last eight.
Gawad overcame home favourite Yip Tsz Fung 11-8, 11-7, 11-9, while world number two Farag beat Peru’s Diego Elias 11-4, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8.
In the women’s draw, top seed El Sherbini is through despite dropping a game to American Amanda Sobhy.
Sobhy did not have enough to get past the world number one, who triumphed 11-6, 11-6, 11-13, 13-11.
The Egyptian will face Sarah Jane Perry of England following her 7-11, 15-17, 11-8, 11-3, 11-4 success against Wales’ Tesni Evans in a marathon 78 minute match.
New Zealand’s Joelle King beat Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy 11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-3 to set up a quarter-final against Nour El Tayeb.
The world number three from Egypt qualified for the last eight after defeating India’s Joshna Chinappa 11-6, 11-4, 10,-12, 11-8.
World number four Camille Serme of France is also through after she dispatched England’s Millie Tomlinson 11-7, 11-5, 11-8.
Serme will face Egypt’s Nouran Gohar, who knocked out Alison Waters from England 14-12, 12-10, 11-8.
Home favourite Joey Chan continued her successful journey in the Hong Kong event as she progressed to the last quarter-final.
Chan beat Egypt’s Yathreb Adel 11-2, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8 to set up a match against Raneem El Welily.
El Welily is currently the world number two but will overtake her compatriot for top spot if she equals or surpasses El Sherbini’s tournament achievement.
El Welily beat England’s Victoria Lust 10-12, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 to advance to the quarter-finals.