Both hailing from Egypt and having brothers on the World Squash Tour, Ramy Ashour and Mohamed El-Shorbagy have plenty in common. Both have also won the World junior squash championship twice, Ashour in 2004 and 2006 being the first to achieve the double with El-Shorbagy picking up the 2008 and 2009 titles.
Yet, even more remarkably, El-Shorbagy’s achievement has since been matched by his younger brother, Marwan, who in January become the first qualifier to reach the quarter-finals of the Tournament of Champions in New York for 10 years.
At the same tournament Mohamed El-Shorbagy reached the semi-finals losing to France’s Gregory Gaulter. But three months later, on the shores of the Red Sea, El-Shorbagy he was to gain revenge on Gaultier beating him in four games to reach the final of the El Gouna International…where, coincidentally, he was to meet his fellow two-time World Junior Squash Champion, Ramy Ashour.
Here are some of the highlights from the semi-finals and the final. Maybe you’d like to try some of the shots they play during your next match.
On the other hand…
Semi-Final #1 – Ramy Ashour beat Amr Shabana
11-9 11-5 11-5
Semi-Final #2 – Mohamed El-Shorbagy beat Gregory Gaultier
11-6 14-16 11-9 12-10
Final – Ramy Ashour beat Mohamed El Shorbagy
11-7 12-10 8-11 11-8