Willstrop and Ashour followed to El Gouna semis!

Ramy Ashour (EGY) was ready to jump for good shots of Greg Gaultier (FRA) to beat the Frenchman 11-5, 12-10, 11-8 after 58 minutes of fast and furious play (photo: Steve Cubbins, SquashSite).

World No1 James Willstrop faced an early onslaught from Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema, who was delighted as he took the 28-minute 1st game 11-9. Willstrop quickly regrouped himself and started dominating the game to take the 9-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-5 victory after 69 minutes.

In the last quarter-final of the day Ramy Ashour (ri) delighted his home crowd at the Abu Tig marina with a marvelous attacking display against 2nd seed Greg Gaultier (le). To be fair, the Frenchman was equally impressive for most of the match, but Ashour found the necessary extra when it was needed to win 11-5, 12-10, 11-8.

The set-up of the semi-finals at El Gouna will be Egypt v England, Willstrop v Darwish and Matthew v Ashour.