The current title holder of the Chamberlain Squash Open – CSO and world No.22- Egyptian Zahed Salem has delivered another blow in the Motor City yesterday, this time on World No.6 and the 2015 MCO Champion-Miguel Rodriguez of Colombia.
ZAHED SALEM SPEAKS
‘’I always believed that I could win but until the last point, until we left the court, anything could change
‘’I had to keep focused and not do something different because lose anytime if I lose concentration.’’
It was Salem’s first career win against a top ten player like Rodriguez, Zahed also reveal that is his first win after a dozen tries as Rodriguez effortlessly beat him in a three game at the Hong Kong Open in November.
Zahed will be playing against another Egyptian, close friend and the third seed, World No.10-Mohamed Abouelghar.
This will be a rematch for both players seen the last encounter in the finals of the Guatamala few years back where Abouelgar won that game.
Salem says: ‘’He is a very good player and a very good friend of mine, I am looking forward to a good, clean and fair match.’’
Abouelghar who beat England’s Adrian Waller I an 11-2 game, came back strong to win the fifth game, after Waller won the fourth game.
MOHAMED ABOUELGHAR SPEAKS
‘’It feels good to be through it to be honest, sometimes when you are not o your best, you just need to find a way to get through the match with a win.’’
In other matches, top seed Marwan El Shorbagy defeated the seventh seed Omar Mossad in three games.
While fourth seed Giego Elias showed fifth seed Ryan Cuskelly of Australia his superiority who unfortunately threw in the towel after two games.
MARWAN EL SHORBAGY SPEAKS
‘’It was quick, but it was tough, Omar is a great player and I have learned so much from him over years
‘’Against Elias, Cuskelly came into the quarter-finals ill and then got tied up with his opponent on the match’s opening point.
‘’Cuskelly returned to the court but the 2017 MCO Champion could not shake his ailments.’’
‘’He is a great fighter, he is trying to get back to his best and I am happy for him, but for me to be able to win three games makes me fresher for tomorrow.’’
Recall that in the just concluded J.P Morgan tournament of Champion held in New York last week, El Shorbagy lost the to Diego Elias in four games.
Results: Quarter Finals
 Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt  Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-9, 11-4 (34m)
 Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-2: 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-9 (60m)
 Diego Elias (PER) bt  Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9 retired (20m)
Zahed Salem (EGY) bt  Miguel Rodriguez (COL) 3-1: 6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (49m)
Draw: Semi Finals
 Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) vs  Diego Elias (PER)
 Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) vs Zahed Salem (EGY)