Egypt’s former world unit Mohamed ElShorbagy thanked coach Paul Colla for his motivation to beat Kiwi in the semifinals of the World Squash Championships.
The 30-year-old West Coaster lost 4:11, 11: 8, 12:10, 8:11, 7:11 in a 109-minute meeting on Saturday (Sunday New Zealand time) in Cairo.
The loss also calls into question World No. 1 for Coll. Egyptian Ali Farag can regain the position if he wins the tournament.
Then ElShorbagy praised Coll, but fired at his coach Rob Owen, above the article quoting that Coll is almost invincible.
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“I felt bad for him and I knew it would.” [put] so much about him, ” ElShorbagby said. “It was one of the dumbest articles I’ve ever read, and I really hope as good as he is as a great coach, but he has shown that he has no experience with his player being ranked No. 1 in the World Cup.” .
“So thanks to him, he gave me such an advantage in winning the fifth match, because Paul had a lot on his mind in today’s fifth match.” So thanks to Rob for the article, very nice for him. “
The third ElShorbagy, who entered the match, looked deadly in his quarterfinals against his Alexandrian and world 10 Fares Dessouky, while Coll achieved a grueling 122-minute victory over former champion Tarek Momen.
In the initial stages, there were disturbing signals for Colla when he was caught out of position several times in the opening match.
The hero of Greymouth with a sports strap on his right knee had a problem responding to ElShorbagy’s shots in front of the court.
After the opening 11-4 match, ElShorbagy continued his flawless squash at the start of the second. In the first stages, a number of lengthy matches dominated, as players exchanged points.
Coll managed to pull ElShorbagy even more during the second match, which allowed Kiwi to move from 4-4 to 6-4.
Longer matches followed, which seemed to favor the rejuvenated world number one, who stood well on the court and equaled the score to 1: 1 with an 11: 8 victory.
The long exchange came in the third game, which was leveled until the fiery ElShorbagy pulled out and got three balls. However, it is unbelievable that Coll managed to get each of them to equalize and then took a 2-1 lead with a 12-10 win.
At the beginning of the fourth game, mistakes began to creep into ElShorbagy’s game. The former champion showed impressive resistance in heavy spell combat and then continued to attack to win the game 11-8 and force the match into the fifth game.
The dramatic change in destiny seemed to give ElShorbagy a huge increase in the fifth game. The 31-year-old went up the court more and more as the adrenaline rushed up and took the lead 5: 0.
ElShorbagy, full of confidence, continued to balance the attentive rallies with his typical brutal offensive squash, timing his attacks to perfection to seal the memorable victory with an 11-7 win, to the applause of Cairo’s audience.
Then ElShorbagy wanted to tell the crowd its name and reputation in the sport.
“I’ve been in this situation so many times in my career.” I think as people we used to have a short memory, so I needed to remind everyone who I was.
“I went to see Greg.” [Gaultier] two months ago and I told him I wanted to go back to who I was, I wasn’t happy with who I was, and we put a plan together. Of course, I don’t want to get too excited, I have the finals tomorrow, my fifth World Cup final.
“I’m really happy to be in the finals.” Just a few words about Paul. Paul is an amazing athlete, he inspires me a lot. The boys have been incredible for the past six months. Since he won the British Open last year, he took another level and I went to another level, but in the wrong direction!
“We haven’t played that long and I’ve waited a long time to get to the court with him. He inspires me a lot, his journey is inspiring and I hope he won’t be too hard on himself. I was a world unit and I was number one at the World Cup and I have never been able to do that before.
“It’s so hard, you are under a lot of pressure when you are placing No. 1 on the world champion.” He had so much on his plate this week that no one understands how much he had on his plate this week, except for people who have been in this position before. “
The next tournament for Colla is the El Gouna tournament in Egypt, which will start later this week.
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