2018 Early Rounds

Day THREE : Richards the home hero as the quarter-finals are settled …

Only one upset in today’s matches, but what a popular one it was, with St George’s own Tom Richards coming from a game down to beat Omar Mosaad for one of his best ever wins.

[4] Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy) 3-1 Greg Lobban (Sco)         3-11, 11-8, 11-8, 15-13 (55m)
[7] Saurav Ghosal (Ind) 3-0 Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)                  11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (42m)

Tom Richards (Eng) 3-1 [8] Omar Mosaad (Egy)    10-12, 11-7, 13-11, 11-2 (61m)
[2] Ali Farag (Egy) 3-1 Declan James (Eng)           13-11, 7-11, 11-7, 13-11 (57m)

Elsewhere it went the way of the seeds, with India’s Saurav Ghosal winning impressively against Mathieu Castagnet while Egyptian pair Karim Abdel Gawad and Ali Farag were given good four game tests by Brits Greg Lobban and Declan James.

Round Two Match Reports


Day TWO: Makin takes out ElShorbagy in massive upset

First up, unseeded Welshman Joel Makin sensationally beat top seed and defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy in three tiebreak games – the second  time in three years that Elshorbagy has suffered a first match loss in this event.


Then Diego Elias and Paul Coll despatched English opponents Daryl Selby and James Willstrop before last year’s finalist Tarek Momen beat Cameron Pilley, saving game ball in each of the three games to record an identical scoreline to Makin’s!

Joel Makin (Wal) 3-0 [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (Egy)  12-10, 13-11, 12-10 (61m)
[6] Diego Elias (Per) 3-0 Daryl Selby (Eng)  11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (40m)
[5] Paul Coll (Nzl) 3-0 James Willstrop (Eng)   11-7, 12-10, 11-4 (48m)
[3] Tarek Momen (Egy) 3-0 Cameron Pilley (Aus)  12-10, 13-11, 12-10 (49m)

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