Egyptians Mostafa Asal and Omar Mosaad both enjoyed huge wins as round two of the CIB Black Ball Squash Open PSA Platinum tournament came to a close in Cairo, Egypt.
Asal who is currently the World Junior Champion holder, pulled out all the stops to defeat England’s World No.19 Declan James in a five-game thriller at the Black Ball Sporting Club to reach the last 16 of a PSA Platinum tournament for the first time.
The 17 years old, Egyptian proved that he has all the attributes to be a serious contender on the PSA World Tour after he battled back against the Englishman to prevail 15-13, 4-11, 3-11, 12-10, 11-8 in 89 minutes.
Asal who has picked one of the sixteen spots, will be meeting with is his idol, World No.2 Ali Farag
Farag who is also one sixteen after showing France’s Lucas Serme the way out with a straight-games earlier in the day.
“It feels incredible to play in this atmosphere, I want to thank all of the people that came to cheer for me.
“It feels amazing, to be able to play the World No.2, he is my idol and I hope to be able to play a good match with him.”
In another surprise fall, Egyptian Mosaad, followed suit as his compatriot Asal, as he also took out Colombia’s World No.6 Miguel Angel Rodriguez in an intensive five-game battle.
Cairo-born 6ft 4in Mosaad started strongly in front of his home crowd and was able to survive two comebacks from the ‘Colombian Cannonball’ to also book his place in the last 16 of the PSA Platinum tournament.
The tall Egyptian, known as the Hammer of Thor, will now face India’s Saurav Ghosal, who defeated Egypt’s Karim Ali Fathi in straight-games.
“I was expecting this tough match, have played a couple of matches with Miguel and they have all been 3-2, so I just played my game and focused.
“Playing against Miguel is really tough, he’s so fast around the court. I had to be strong mentally more than physically, so I’m really happy with my performance today.”
Elsewhere at the Black Ball Sporting Club, England’s Chris Simpson enjoyed a big win over Egypt’s World No.26 Zahed Salem.
The 31-year-old Englishman was forced to dig deep to hold off a resilient Salem to claim an 11-7, 5-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9 in 75 minutes.
Chris Simpson REACTS
“It’s a massive win, so far this season I’ve not been confident, I lost from match ball up in my last tournament
‘’Then in the fourth, I thought about that a little bit and I thought ‘right, concentrate’ but he came back
‘’In the fifth when I was 10-7 up I think I again played some not so great rallies but I was just willing myself to win somehow.”
Simpson will now face New Zealand’s Paul Coll in the next round after he claimed a dominant straight-games win over United States No.1 Todd Harrity.
The other last 16 clash will see Germany’s World No.3 Simon Rösner face France’s Gregoire Marche after they enjoyed respective wins over Scotland’s Alan Clyne and Hong Kong’s Leo Au, who had to concede because of injury.
The third round is already on its way today, when the remaining players battle it out for a place in the quarter-finals.
CIB Black Ball Squash Open, Cairo, Egypt.
Second Round (Bottom half):
 Simon Rösner (GER) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-7 (31m)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Leo Au (HKG) 3-2: 7-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-3, 9-3 retired (74m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Zahed Salem (EGY) 3-2: 11-7, 5-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9 (75m)
 Paul Coll (NZL) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (35m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt  Miguel Rodriguez (COL) 3-2: 11-6, 2-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8 (79m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-0: 11-3, 11-1, 13-11 (36m)
Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt Declan James (ENG) 3-2: 15-13, 4-11, 3-11, 12-10, 11-8 (89m)
 Ali Farag (EGY) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (30m)
UPDATE ON TODAY’S MATCHES (Third Round December 6):
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-6 (29m)
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Diego Elias (PER) 14-12, 3-11, 11-9, 11-7 (63m)
 Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v George Parker (ENG) 11-8, 5-11, 11-8, 11-5 (53m)
 Tarek Momen (EGY) v Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-0: 13-11, 13-11, 11-4 (48m)
 Simon Rösner (GER) v Gregoire Marche (FRA) – 5-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (72m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) v  Paul Coll (NZL) 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 (46m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) v Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-6, 12-10, 11-1 (36m)
 Ali Farag (EGY) v Mostafa Asal (EGY) 11-4, 13-11, 11-3 (32m)