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Mohamed Elshorbagy edges Marwan to win family bragging rights 

Egyptian number one Mohamed Elshorbagy won his fifth British University Championship after defeating brother and fellow UWE Bristol student Marwan 13-11, 8-11, 11-1, 11-9 at the Nottingham Squash Rackets Club.

Mohamed, who rose to a career high third in the February world rankings, edged an opening game tie-break featuring a series of tricks and flicks and the exhibition-feel continued in the second game as world number 25 Marwan drew level at one-apiece.

Thereafter, the match followed a similar pattern to their encounter at the 2013 Hong Kong Open in December as Mohamed reeled off the next two games in quickfire fashion to secure the bragging rights over his younger brother.

In his post match interview, the 23-year-old and eight-time PSA Tour winner said: “I have been coming back here every year saying this is always my favourite tournament.

“Everyone is coming to have fun and enjoy themselves on court in a good manner and that’s what I like. Every time I have a bad loss I remember that there are people who know how to have fun even after loses and that keeps me going,” added Mohamed.

Mohamed and Marwan will return to action on the PSA Tour later this week, when they compete at the Windy City Open in Chicago.

Mohamed, the number four seed for the $115,000 PSA World Series event, opens his campaign against South African number one Stephen Coppinger, while Marwan faces world number 26 Tom Richards of England for a place in the second round.

 

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