Egypt’s world number two Mohamed El Shorbagy clinically despatched England’s Chris Simpson in straight games in Eindhoven tonight and advanced to the quarter-finals of the DPD Open.
The Englishman came closest to matching the former world champion in the second game, levelling the scores at 8-8 with his accurate hitting in this Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour Gold tournament at DPD headquarters in Belgium.
But the Egyptian, seeded second, moved smoothly clear to win 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 win in 33 minutes and set up a meeting with his eighth-seeded younger brother, Marwan, who defeated Joel Makin of Wales in the final match of the night.
The crowd got their money's worth as the contest lasted 83 minutes before the Egyptian squeezed through 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 8-11,11-8.
Earlier, a third Egyptian had reached the last eight in the men’s event – former world number one Karim Abdel Gawad.
But the third seed had to work for more than an hour and 10 minutes to defeat France’s Gregoire Marche 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-5.
New Zealand’s world number five Paul Coll put in a controlled performance against Germany’s Raphael Kandra to secure a quarter-final berth.
The recently crowned Canary Wharf Classic winner was in unstoppable form as he put Kandra to the sword in 42 minutes.
Gawad will now meet the sixth-seeded New Zealander.
Meanwhile, in women’s second-round action, triple world champion Nour El Sherbini earned an 11-8, 11-4, 11-2 win over the Malaysian who won the world title a record eight times between 2005 and 2014, 35-year-old Nicol David, who is in the course of her final campaign.
“It’s really hard to play Nicol, when you know it is the last season for her,” said the 23-year-old Egyptian.
“I always say it’s really special to play against Nicol, I have played her a lot of times and it is always special.
“She really did a lot for our sport and I learned a lot from her.”
The world champion now meets Tesni Evans of Wales, who beat Egypt’s Mariam Metwally 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6.
France’s world number four Camille Serme, ranked fourth here, beat Egypt’s Yathreb Adel 11-5, 11-7, 11-13, 11-6 and will now meet England’s former world number one Laura Massaro, who battled back from the brink of defeat against Canada’s Hollie Naughton to win 8-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7.
Tomorrow will see the first quarter-final action get under way in the top half of the men’s and women’s draws.
England’s world number 17 Declan James, who delivered a huge upset in the second round by knocking out Egypt’s world number eight Mohamed Abouelghar 14-12, 12-10, 11-6, faces Germany’s fourth seed Simon Rösner.
It was the England number one’s second win over a top-10 player after his defeat of Abouoelghar’s compatriot Marwan El Shorbagy last month at the Canary Wharf Classic.
Rösner also advanced with a victory over an Egyptian player, beating Mazen Hesham in straight games.
The other men’s quarter-final match sees Egypt’s world champion and top seed Ali Farag take on Colombia’s world number seven, Miguel Rodriguez.
Farag advanced from the second round with a straight-games win over England’s former world number one James Willstrop, while Rodriguez progressed thanks to a win in four games over England’s Daryl Selby.
Meanwhile, in the women’s draw, world number one Raneem El Welily of Egypt, who scrapped through to the quarter-finals after a five-game battle with England’s world number 22 Millie Tomlinson, meets Amanda Sobhy of the United States.
The other women’s quarter final will see England’s fifth seed, Sarah-Jane Perry, take on Egypt’s third seed Nour El Tayeb.