Summary of Men's Quarter Final(Mohammed El Shorbagy VS Olli Tuominen)

Thursday, 13 September, 2012
By Andrew Cross, National Coach of Malaysia

In the opening game the players are not giving an inch as they try to feel their way into the glass court. In the opening exchanges Olli was onto the ball very fast and when Shorbagy hit a boast he got onto it and hit a straight drive which caught Shorbagy off guard as he was looking for the cross court. The game was tied at 6-6 before Shorbagy got to 8-6 and then he maintained the advantage to win the game on a stroke after a loose ball down the middle from Olli.

In the second Olli moved his T position up the court and got his reward as he got to 4-2, and then he got to 5-3 maintaining his advantage. Shorbagy is not the world number 8 for nothing though and he came back to lead 7-5 and then 8-6 as both shared a tin each. At 8-6 a great boast from Shorbagy gave him 9-6 but a cross court nick return of serve moved Olli to 7-9. A stroke got Olli even closer at 8.9 but a stroke to Shorbagy got him to 10.8 game ball, a long rally followed and Shorbagy hit the tin on a drop, Olli close now at 9.10 but a good low backhand from Shorbagy got him a two game advantage.

In the third again Olli moved up the court taking as much as he could at the top of the bounce and volleying in front of the half court line and he shot off to 7.1. This is good play from Olli now and he continues to hit winner after winner and now Shorbagy is resigned to losing this game and Olli wraps it up 11.1.

In the fourth again Olli gets a good start to 4.1 continuing with the same tactics as before and now Shorbagy is beginning to look a little rattled. Shorbabgy though lifted the pace and started striking the ball with more power and he got back to 4.4 but an unnecessary backhand boast gave Olli the lead back at 5.4. Olli dug in and got back to a 9.5 lead back to his volleying in front of the line and he went on to win the game 11.5.

At the beginning of the fifth the rallies have now got longer both not wanting to give away any cheap points. It was level at 2.2 but Shorbagy got the next four points as he carved out some openings and placed some very nice volley drops. It was the Egyptian now with the upper hand as he had a bounce in his step and leading 8.2. Olli wasn’t done though and got a second wind to get himself back to 7.9. The momentum is now with Olli as he cuts out the flicks at the front and starts attacking straight short. Shorbabgy hits a good forehand to 10.7 and he closed it out 11.8 to enter the semis.
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