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Omar’s a diamond Giza

Lee Hortonhttps://squashmad.com
Former Sun, Mirror, People and Sunday Express sports executive. Knows a bit about newspapers and the art of talking a good game. Brighter than some but a way to go to match others.

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Qualifier Omar Abdel Meguid scored his second successive upset in the Macau Open when he despatched third-seeded South African Stephen Coppinger in today’s quarter-finals  in Taipa, Macau.

Just 24 hours after knocking out higher-ranked Tom Richards, the world No37 from Egypt defeated in-form Coppinger, ranked 19 in the world, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 in 50 minutes to claim a surprise place in the semi-finals.

Meguid, a tall 25-year-old from Giza (pictured above, left, with Coppinger), now takes onAdrian Grant, the unseeded world No24 who boasts a career-high world ranking of nine.

33-year-old Grant, a left-hander from London (pictured below, left, with Au), ended qualifier Leo Au‘s run, beating the 23-year-old from Hong Kong 11-7, 14-12, 11-4 in 50 minutes.

By contrast, the other semi-final will be the clash predicted by the draw – between Egyptian favourite Omar Mosaad and Indian number one Saurav Ghosal.

Mosaad, the world No10 from Cairo, beat Malaysian Ong Beng Hee 11-5, 11-9, 11-5, while fourth seed Ghosal defeated Hong Kong number one Max Lee 12-10, 11-8, 11-5.

Quarter-finals:
[1] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 (33m)
[4] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Max Lee (HKG) 12-10, 11-8, 11-5 (55m)
[Q] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [3] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 (50m)
Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [Q] Leo Au (HKG) 11-7, 14-12, 11-4 (50m)

Semi-final line-up:
[1] Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [4] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Adrian Grant (ENG) v [Q] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)

 

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