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 TODAY at the El Gouna International 2016

Wed 27th April, Day SEVEN, QUARTER-FINALS:

We started the quarter-finals with five Egyptians and a real prospect of all-Egyptian semis, but after a long - and windy - evening at the Abu Tig Marina the home fans had to settle for one player in each of the semi-finals as top seeds Mohamed Elshorbagy and Gregory Gaultier were joined by upset winners Miguel Rodriguez and Fares Dessouki.

[7] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) 3-1 [3] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
                  9/11, 11/6, 11/7, 12/10 (80m)
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy) 3-1 [8] Simon Rosner (Ger) 
                      11/8, 11/6, 7/11, 11/4 (47m)

Fares Dessouki
(Egy) 3-2 Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy)
                          10/12, 11/13, 11/3, 14/12, 12/10 (91m)
[2] Gregory Gaultier
(Fra) 3-2 Ali Farag (Egy)
                              4/11, 11/6, 6/11, 11/4, 11/4 (50m)

Full Reports and Quotes

Gaultier foils Farag

The final match, which finished after midnight, saw world champion Gregory Gaultier come through a see-saw five-setter with Ali Farag to keep alive his hopes of making a first El Gouna final. 

After a well-contested opening Gaultier seemed to let the first game go, but struck back immediately. Farag retook the lead but it was the Frenchman in control for the last two games in front of an impressively large crowd.

Report & Quotes: Greg in a better state of mind

Fares forces his way into last four

The third match of the night was always going to produce an Egyptian winner, and an unseeded one at that after Marwan Elshorbagy and Fares Dessouki's upset wins in the first round.

It turned out to be a marathon, taking 91 minutes and requiring 72 decisions of the referees. Four of the games went to extra points, Marwan taking the first two and Dessouki, after racing through the fourth, got the better of the tail end of a decision riddled fifth game which finished, unsurprisingly, on a video appeal on a no let decision. Dessouki was ecstatic, Marwan gutted.

Report & Quotes: Fearless Fares saves 5 match balls

Top seed through to semis

Having taken the first game with something to spare, top seed Mohamed Elshorbagy had to recover from a second game deficit to double his lead over Simon Rosner, was unable to repeat the trick in the third, but proceeded to dominate the final game to reach a third successive El Gouna semi-final.

Report & Quotes:
Mohamed in and out again

Rodriguez downs Mosaad

The first quarter-final produced a big upset and disappointment for the home crowd as Colombia's Miguel Rodriguez came from a game down to beat third seed Omar Mosaad to reach the semis for the first time.

Down 0-6 in the first Rodriguez settled but too late in that game, took the next two and then came from 8-10 down to take the fourth.

Report & Quotes: Miguel slows the Hammer to  Halt

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