Mohamed El Shorbagy has made it to the semi-finals of the Mauritius Open ©Getty Images

England’s new number one Mohamed El Shorbagy defeated French number one Grégoire Marche to move into the semi-finals of the Mauritius Open at the RM Club in Pamplemousses.

El Shorbagy made it back-to-back victories since changing his allegiance from Egypt to England by overcoming his opponent three games to one.

He took the first game of the quarter-final 11-6 before dropping the second 13-15.

However, he bounced back to triumph 11-8 in the third following Marche needing to take an injury break.

The former world champion capped off the win with a 11-5 victory in the fourth game.

"I thought the match was very high quality and played in the right spirit," El Shorbagy said.

"I actually didn’t see when he fell but I heard the crowd then the replay came on so it mustn’t have been good.

"I have great respect for him for continuing, he didn’t need to do that, being in a battle, he understood that he needed to finish the battle and that’s exactly what he did, full respect for that and I hope it is not too serious and it is the end of the season so there’s time to recover but I just hope it’s not too serious."

El Shorbagy is expected to face Tarek Momen after the Egyptian got the better of compatriot Omar Mosaad.

The former world champion took the first two games comfortably, 11-4 and 11-2, before Mosaad threatened to pull off an unlikely comeback by taking the third 11-7.

Nevertheless, Momen ended such hopes with his own 11-7 triumph in the fourth game.

Meanwhile, world number two Paul Coll of New Zealand is due to play Diego Elías of Peru following their respective wins.

Coll beat Baptiste Masotti of France 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4 while Elías took down Mazen Hesham of Egypt 11-7, 11-5, 11-3.