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Elsewhere in the December Rankings, Shabana’s compatriot Ramy Ashour maintained his place at World No.1, completing a 12-month spell at the top of the table.
Elshorbagy went into the final 3-9 down to Darwish on a career head-to-head tally over the past four years – but had only dropped a single game in his three wins over the former world No 1 from Cairo.
Favourite Ali Fathi will be trying to become the first Egyptian champion of the long-established event after seeing off Canadian hope Dane Sharp, the fourth seed from Toronto, 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 in 37 minutes.
For the second time in three days, world No 5 Darwish had to fight back from two games down to survive an onslaught from an up-and-coming fellow countryman.
The match had all the makings of a great climax to the seventh PSA World Series event staged before a packed crowd at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex.
Former world number one Darwish, 32, will now face compatriot Mohamed Abul-Ghar in one of four all-Egyptian last 16 round clashes.
Two Egyptian quarterfinalists face each other on Wednesday
Ashour’s withdrawal means Gaultier will look to regain the Qatar Classic title he won in 2011
Gaultier, the world number two from Aix-en-Provence, also becomes a member of a notable trio of fellow former world number ones – including Pakistan’s Qamar Zaman and Australian Chris Dittmar – who have been finalists four times but have never won the title.
Elshorbagy, the world No6 from Alexandria, was meeting England’s James Willstrop in a repeat of last year’s semi-final which went the full distance – with the Egyptian underdog prevailing in 112 minutes to reach the final as the No8 seed.
Egypt’s world number one Ramy Ashour and England’s world No4 Nick Matthew will meet in an eagerly-anticipated AJ Bell PSA World Squash Championship semifinal in Manchester on Saturday
Egypt’s defending champion secured his expected place in the last eight for the third year in a row in the third round of the AJ Bell PSA World Squash Championship in Manchester when he beat Australian Cameron Pilley
The top four seeds each progressed to the third round after straight games wins.
The competition was staged on an all-glass court at the Complex Desportivo International do Cotai in Taipa, Macau.
The NetSuite Open enjoyed a sold out crowd, beautiful California night and exquisite competition from Ashour and Gaultier.
Meguid, the world No43 from Giza, reached the final without dropping a game.
It was only six days earlier that El-Sherbini,17, the world No11 from Alexandria, made history for herself in Wroclaw by becoming the first ever player to win a world junior individual title for a third time.
It took just 34 minutes for the 17-year-old to fulfil her dream, beating Metwally 11-7, 16-14, 11-8 to take the title.
The biennial World Squash Federation Championship gets underway on 22 July at the Hasta La Vista Club in the historic city of Wroclaw in Poland following Sunday’s world individual finals.
History was made in the women’s event when Nour El Sherbini beat fellow Egyptian Habiba Mohamed Ahmed Alymohmed 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 in 31 minutes to become the first player ever to reach a world junior championship final for a fourth time.
Top seed Fares Mohamed Dessouki reached the men’s quarter-finals for the second successive year after beating Pakistan’s 9/16 seed Tayyab Aslam 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 in 54 minutes.
No4 ranked James Willstrop beats Karim Darwish to clinch title in France
Ashour first Egyptian to win Squash British Open since 1966
Ashour wins the British Open becoming first Egyptian to claim the title since 1966
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