Two Egyptian squash players, Youssef Ibrahim and Mohamed Saied, represented Egypt in the 2017 Squash Open D’Italia.
Saeid exited the tournament after losing the first round’s match to France’s Baptiste Masotti by a score of 3-0. Masotti won the first two games 11-2 and 11-5. The Egyptian champion performed better in the third game, however he was beaten 12-10.
His fellow countryman, Ibrahim, on the other hand, only lost one game in the championship until now.
Ibrahim won against France’s Victor Crouin 3-0 (11-4/11-4/12-10). He managed to qualify for the semifinals after he won against Spain’s Bernat Jaume 3-2.
The quarterfinal match saw a strong start between both rivals. Jaume won the first game 12-10. The second game ended 11-8 to Ibrahim. The Spanish champion did not lose hope, and won the third game 11-9. After a great competition, the Pharaoh ended the match to his favour, winning the fourth and fifth games 14-12 and 15-13 respectively.
This evening, the Egyptian player will meet England’s Patrick Rooney in the semifinals.
Ahmed Al-Sarraj, representing Jordan, left the tournament after losing to England’s Nick Mulvey 3-0 (11-7/11-1/11-6).