Egypt’s World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy got his tournament off to a winning start yesterday of action at the CIB Black Ball Squash Open PSA Platinum tournament in Cairo, Egypt.
2018 Hong Kong Open winner ElShorbagy had to be at his best to conquer a resilient Max Lee of Hong Kong, who pushed the Egyptian all the way in an entertaining four-game battle inside the Black Ball Sporting Club.
However, the World No.1 showed why he is the current holder of the coveted position as he swept through Max with an 11-7, 13-11, 2-11, 12-10 score line to the delight of the home crown to book his place in the last 16.
EL SHORBEGY REACTS
“I had to be sharp and any loose shots I played today he took full advantage of and he showed what a great player he is
“He is such a great talent and it was never easy from the first point. I’m just glad I pulled through in the end because that fourth game could have slipped away
“I’ve had a good start to the season, maybe I’ve had a few dips at a couple of tournaments
‘’But Hong Kong got me back on track again. I’m coming here, and I want to try and play my best squash.”
ElShorbagy will be meeting twenty-two-year-old Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng today, this is coming after Ng defeated New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson in straight-games.
EAIN YOW NG REACTS
“Every game I was leading, Campbell kept coming back really strongly
“I had to stay focused and I feel like I did that well today. I’m happy to go through in three and hopefully be fresh for the next round.”
Peru’s World No.11 Diego Elias also won his match in a 3-1 win over Switzerland’s World No.20 Nicolas Mueller to set up a rematch with Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad.
Gawad who defeated Hong Kong’s Tsz Fung Yip in straight-games in round two, defeated Elias in the final of the Pakistan Open PSA Bronze tournament over the weekend to lift his 19th PSA title.
DIEGO ELIAS REACTS
“I’m looking forward to playing Gawad on Thursday, so I can get my revenge
England’s George Parker and Karim El Hammamy in action“He played really well on Sunday, I think he played so well that I didn’t know what to do but I know what to expect now and I’m prepared for that.”
There was also joy for England’s George Parker who continued his strong start to the season as he is also through to the last sixteen standing
Parker won a 3-1 against Egyptian Karim El Hammamy. This is the first time Hammamy will make it this far in the history of any PSA Platinum event
Hammamy you will recall won his match against fellow compatriot Mazen Hesham only yesterday in the round two of the tournament
GORGE PARKER REACTS
“All credit to Karim, he’s such a good counter player and makes you hit a lot of balls to the front
”Sometimes you see your margin go down and you start to hit tins and lose your head but luckily I managed to hit a lot more winners than tins today and I just dug in.”
Parker will meet Egypt’s World No.10 Mohamed Abouelghar to try to secure a place among the next eight men standing by the end of today’s matches.
MOHAMED ABOUELGHAR REACTS
“I just made sure I played simple squash and nothing too fancy and I’m happy with the way I played
“I don’t have a good history in Egypt. I’m coming into this tournament confident and I’m playing well
‘’I worked on a lot of things over the summer and I’m glad to see that they are paying off and I hope I can break the losing streak here.”
Germany’s Raphael Kandra also marched through to the third round, beating England’s former World No.12 Tom Richards by a 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4 score line in 44 minutes
Kandra will be going head long with World No.4 Tarek Momen today.
More updates coming from today’s matches.