Mohamed El Shorbagy, the superb young Egyptian tipped as a major champion of the near future, missed three match points and suffered a stunning defeat in the second round of the British Open Thursday.
The 22-year-old from Alexandria let slip a huge lead against Cameron Pilley, the unseeded Netherlands-based Australian 13-15, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 13-11.
World No. 1 Nicol David survived a huge temperature drop to carry her bid for a fifth British Open title into the quarterfinals with a straight games win over a surprise survivor Wednesday.
The game’s greatest legend did that with an 11-4, 14-12, 11-2 success against the unseeded Sarah Kippax in single figure outdoor temperatures which were almost 20 degrees celsius colder than first round matches played indoors.
David will now have a day’s rest before taking on Joelle King, the sixth-seeded New Zealander, who progressed with an 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 win over Annie Au, the 13th seed from Hong Kong.
Kasey Brown, the 12th-seeded Australian, made a tenacious recovery to beat Sarah-Jane Perry of England 8-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 12-10. Brown will now face Alison Waters, the fourth-seeded English player, who lost a two-game lead but still scrambled home 11-2, 11-4, 8-11, 7-11, 11-4 against 36-year-old Rachael Grinham.
Nick Matthew, the only Englishman to have won the British Open three times, reached the quarterfinals with a 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 win over Laurens Jan Anjema, the world No. 17 from The Netherlands.
Matthew, 32, next plays Karim Darwish, the former world No. 1 from Egypt, who played with commendable accuracy in winning 11-9, 11-5, 11-6 against Daryl Selby, the world No. 13 from England.