Herentals (Belgium): The Indian challenge in the WSF Men's World Junior squash championship came to an end after Ramit Tandon and Mahesh Mangaonkar went down fighting to their Egyptian counterparts in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Marwan El Shorbagy, the second seed from Alexandria, survived the longest match of the day to beat India's 9/16 seed Mahesh Mangaonkar 11-7 9-11 13-11 11-8 in 62 minutes at the Flemish Squash Centre.

"I was really nervous from the start, and to be honest, I can't remember what happened on there, only that I nearly lost, and that I'm glad I won," explained El Shorbagy, the 17-year-old brother of two-time champion Mohamed El Shorbagy.

"Too much pressure I think, I'm not sure why -- I guess I put the pressure on myself. And also, all the players, when they play me, they have nothing to lose -- and they play their best squash. And Mahesh played really well," he added.

 Defending champion Amr Khaled Khalifa eased into the semi-finals following a 11-7 11-7 17-15 win over India's 5/8 seed Ramit Tandon in 51 minutes.

Tandon, an 18-year-old from Kolkata, who was runner-up in this year's Asian Junior Championship, was the only player making his fifth successive appearance in the championship.

Bidding to become only third player in history to win the title for a second time, Khalifa will now face compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar of Cairo. A dramatic day of last-eight action yesterday led to an all-Egyptian semi-final line-up.

It is the first time that one country has dominated the last four of the World Squash Federation event since England achieved the feat 21 years ago.

(Agencies)