Wednesday March 13, 2013
Beng Hee falls to Shorbagy
PETALING JAYA: National No. 1 Ong Beng Hee’s fine run in the Kuwait PSA Cup came to an end in the third round after going down tamely to Egypt’s Mohamed El Shorbagy on Monday.
The 33-year-old Beng Hee who has already exceeded expectations by making the last 16 was out-played by Shorbagy’s physical fitness, losing 7-11, 6-11, 11-13 in 39 minutes.
But Beng Hee, ranked No. 22 in the world, is hardly disappointed in losing to the world No. 5 Shorbagy and believes that his performance at Kuwait City could help him kick-start a run of positive results.
“Shorbagy’s ranked fifth in the world and right now he’s simply too powerful,” said Beng Hee.
“He was on top of his game and he really played well. Besides, this is already the second time he’s beaten me in three meetings.
“But I had a really good tournament just by making the last 16. In fact I would definitely prefer making the third round in tournaments than crashing out early in the first.
“Next up for me will be the CIMB KL Open (March 26-31) and I’m really hoping to carry this form over to KL when I face (Omar) Mossad of Egypt in the first round.
“It will be equally tough because these Egyptians are just so good. Even if I beat one of them, there will be another one just around the corner,” added Beng Hee.
The 22-year-old Shorbagy, runner-up in the World Open last year, said the glass court gave him the advantage.
“I really don’t enjoy playing against Beng Hee on a traditional court and his game makes me uncomfortable. But on the glass court, the conditions suited my game better and I had the advantage there,” said Shorbagy.
Other results saw world No. 15 Daryl Selby of England stunned compatriot and world No. 2 Nick Matthew 11-6, 11-6, 12-10.
It was only Selby’s second PSA win over Matthew and he will take on Shorbagy in the quarter-finals.
There were no problems for reigning world champion Ramy Ashour of Egypt who notched a comfortable win over Germany’s Simon Rosner despite dropping a set.