Wales number one Joel Makin.

Welsh Wizards’ Marwan Storms Into World Championship Last Eight – Plays Brother Mohamed

Welsh Wizards, the Cardiff-based Premier Squash League team, have a player through to the PSA Men’s World Championship quarter-finals in Doha, Qatar.

Bristol-based Marwan ElShorbagy, who has played for Wizards over the last two seasons, will go head-to-head with his brother, Mohamed, on Thursday.

But there was no joy for Welshman Joel Makin, who was born in Haverfordwest and later lived in Aberdare, or another Wizards’ player, Omar Mosaad. Both went edged out in the last 16.

Makin went down 3-0 against Simon Rosner from Germany 11-8, 11-8, 11-5, while Mosaad lost a thriller against Kiwi Paul Coll 3-2. 

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Coll, ranked number five in the World, won 9-11, 14-12, 11-9, 6-11, 16-14.

Mohamed ElShorbagy (right) got the better of Saurav Ghosal in the third round. Pic: PSA World Squash Championships.

Egyptian brothers Marwan and Mohamed ElShorbagy clash in Doha almost two years after meeting in the 2017 title decider.

Marwan won 3-0 victory against World number eight Mohamed Abouelghar. World number 10 Marwan dominated the match and managed the cold court conditions well, attacking against Abouelghar at every opportunity to win in 30 minutes.

“Mohamed is an extremely good player who plays at a fast pace and likes to go short quickly, so I had to make sure I started really sharp and started better than I did two days before [against Nicolas Mueller],” said Marwan.

“When tomorrow comes I will think about it [playing his brother]. I don’t have to think about it today.”

Older brother Mohamed, who boasts a formidable record in Doha after reaching World Championship finals there in 2012 and 2014 in addition to winning three Qatar Classic titles, won 3-0 against India’s Saurav Ghosal in his last 16 clash.

“This is my fourth tournament this season and the next game will be my third meeting with him [younger brother, Marwan],” said the World number two.

“It is normal because we both play in the later stages of the tournament. A unique situation for our sport, but we both give something different to squash and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

New Zealand’s Paul Coll prevented came out on top in a brutal match with 2015 runner-up Mosaad. The clash lasted almost two hours (119 minutes) and is the longest World Championship fixture since 2017.

It was a monumental battle, with the fifth game – littered with refereeing decisions – lasting over half an hour. Coll looked to have booked his last eight berth after going 10-7 ahead in the decider, but Mosaad was able to save all three match balls, before then saving another four in the ensuing tie-break.

The Egyptian then had two match balls of his own, but Coll managed to fight back from both. The Kiwi was finally able to get the win over the line thanks to another decision on his eighth match ball, with a no let decision given against Mosaad to send Coll through to the quarter-finals.

“I am relieved because it was really scrappy squash there at the end,” said Coll.

“There weren’t many flowing rallies and it became tough mentally. The ball was getting soft, so I just had to keep it together.”

Coll plays Egypt’s World number 16 Zahed Salem in the last eight.

Welsh number one Makin, ranked 12 in the World, defeated Egypt’s Mohamed ElSherbini in a testing four-game second round clash.

Makin has had a strong start to the season after reaching the final of the Open de France, while he reached a first PSA Platinum semi-final at the Egyptian Open.

ElSherbini played outstanding squash after losing the first 11-3. He took the second 11-6, while Makin edged the third 11-9 and overturned two game balls in the fourth to complete the win.

It was, though, a controversial victory. A no let decision was given against ElSherbini on match ball after a Makin drop volley and the young Egyptian held his hand up to ask for a video review. 

That was missed by the referee and, after ElSherbini had shaken hands with Makin, he asked once more for a review, but was told by the referee that he had taken too long after the end of the match to ask.

“I started pretty well and then struggled to adjust when the ball softened up,” said Makin.

“I was a little bit slow and he was firing into the front. He was lower ranked coming into the match and was going for it. Mohamed had no fear of missing and attacked well.

“It was stop-start and that’s the way he plays.

“There were far too many interactions with the referee and that didn’t suit good, consistent squash. 

“It was a weird situation at the end, but it was a clear no let and asking for a review way after it was a bit strange. I’m not sure what happened, but I was just happy to get off.”

Makin, though, went out against Germany’s Simon Rosner in the last 16, losing 8-11, 8-11, 5-11 in 47 minutes. The German played some outrageous squash, stepping forward and taking the ball early throughout the three games.

World number six Rosner was tested by England’s Declan James in a 70-minute tussle in the previous round, but completely changed his game against Makin.

The quarter-finals are played on Wednesday, November 13 at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex. Play begins at 4pm (GMT+3) and will be broadcast live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) or the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour.

A sell-out attendance for Welsh Wizards at Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff.

Last 16 results:

Tarek Momen (Egypt) beat Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (Qatar) 3-2 (11-5, 10-12, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4

Diego Elias (Peru) beat Fares Dessouky (Egypt) 3-1 (10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4)

Simon Rosner (Germany) beat Joel Makin (Wales) 3-0 (11-8, 11-8, 11-5)

James Willstrop (England) beat Karim Abdel Gawad (Egypt) 3-1 (11-8, 4-11, 11-9, 12-10)

Paul Coll (New Zealand) beat Omar Mosaad (Egypt) 3-2 (9-11, 14-12, 11-9, 6-11, 16-14)

Zahed Salem (Egypt) beat Miguel Rodriguez (Colombia) 3-1 (8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9)

Marwan ElShorbagy (Egypt) beat Mohamed Abouelghar 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-4)

Mohamed ElShorbagy (Egypt) beat Sourav Ghosal (India) 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 14-12)

Quarter-final draw (matches to be played November 13)

[2] Tarek Momen (Egypt) v [6] Diego Elias (Peru)

[5] Simon Rцsner (Germany) v James Willstrop (England)

[4] Paul Coll (New Zealand) v [14] Zahed Salem (Egypt)

[9] Marwan ElShorbagy (Egypt) v Mohamed ElShorbagy (Egypt)

The next home fixtures for Wizards are against Coolshurst on Tuesday, November 26 and Warwick on Tuesday, January 7.

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Welsh Wizards team – Men: 

Marwan ElShorbaggy

World ranking: 11 (highest 3)

Born: Alexandria, Egypt

Residence: Bristol, England

University: UWE, Bristol

Age: 26

Omar Mosaad

World ranking: 13 (highest 3)

Born: Cairo, Egypt

Residence: Cairo, Egypt

Club: Heliopoli

Age: 31

Edmon Lopez

World ranking: 59 (highest 54)

Born: Barcelona, Spain

Residence: Barcelona, Spain

Age: 23

Peter Creed

World ranking: 65 (highest 50)

Born: Caerphilly, Wales

Residence: Caerphilly, Wales

University: University of Wales, Cardiff

Club: Rhiwbina SRC

Age: 32

Emyr Evans

World ranking: 114 (highest 112)

Born: Cardiff, Wales

Residence: Cardiff, Wales

Age: 22

Elliott Morris Devred

World ranking: 251 (highest 227)

Born: Birmingham, England

Residence: Barry, Wales

Club: Leamington plus Cardiff SRC

Age: 21

James Peach

World ranking: 228 (highest 223)

Born: Doncaster, England

Resides: Bristol, England

University: UWE, Bristol

Age: 22

Moustafa Asal 

World ranking: 29 (highest 29)

Born: Cairo, Egypt

Resides: Cairo, Egypt

Age: 18

Todd Harrity.

World ranking: 47 (highest 44)

Born: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Resides: Bristol, England

University: Princeton

Age: 29

Women: 

Tesni Evans

World ranking: 9 (highest 9)

Born: Cardiff, Wales

Resides: Rhyl, Wales

Age: 26

Joshna Chinappa

World ranking: 13 (highest 10)

Born: Chennai, India

Resides: Bristol, England

Age: 33

Rachael Chadwick

World ranking: 53 (highest 53)

Born: Chester, England

Resides:  Chester, England

Club: Neston Cricket Club

Age: 29

Milou van der Heidjen

World ranking: 32 (highest 29)

Born: Veldhoven, Netherlands

Resides: Helmond, Netherlands 

Age: 28

Anna Kimberley

World ranking: 76 (highest 76)

Born: Ipswich, England

Resides: Colchester, Essex

University: Trinity

Age: 24

Anna Serme

World ranking: 66 (highest 63)

Left-handed

Born: Krnov, Czech Republic

Resides: Creteil, France

University: Paris-Sorbonne

Age: 28

Welsh Wizards

Professional Squash League fixtures

November 

Tuesday 5

Wizards – no game

Round four

Tuesday 26

Welsh Wizards v Coolhurst

Round five

Tuesday 10

RAC v Welsh Wizards

Second Half fixtures

Round six

January

Tuesday 7

Welsh Wizards v Warwick

Round seven

Dates to be arranged

St George’s v Welsh Wizards

Round eight

Wizards – no game

Round nine

Coolhurst v Welsh Wizards

Round 10

Dates to be arranged

Welsh Wizards v RAC

Semi-finals and final to be arranged

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