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The El Gouna Squash Complex hosts the early rounds of the El Gouna International

El Gouna International: Day One - Player Reaction

The 2022 El Gouna International begins today at the El Gouna Squash Complex as the PSA World Tour Platinum event gets under way for what will be its 10th instalment.

We’ll have reports and reaction from the players right here, while you can also stay up-to-date with our live scoring page

Schedule – Court One
(All times are local GMT+2)
12:00 Tinne Gilis (BEL) v Chan Sin Yuk (HKG)
12:45 Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) v Cesar Salazar (MEX)
13:30 Zeina Mickawy (EGY) v Nicole Bunyan (CAN)
14:15 Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v Ramit Tandon (IND)
16:00 [WC] Haya Ali (EGY) v Hana Ramadan (EGY)
16:45 WC] Mohamed Nasser (EGY) v Moustafa El Sirty (EGY)
18:00 Mariam Metwally (EGY) v [WC] Zeina Zein (EGY)
18:45 Adrian Waller (ENG) v Auguste Dussourd (FRA)

Schedule – Court Two
(All times are local GMT+2)
12:00 Sabrina Sobhy (USA) v Cristina Gomez (ESP)
12:45 Karim El Hammamy (EGY) v Borja Golan (ESP)
13:30 Jana Shiha (EGY) v Aifa Azman (MAS)
14:15 Bernat Jaume (ESP) v Todd Harrity (USA)
16:00 Rachel Arnold (MAS) v Marie Stephan (FRA)
16:45 Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA) v Zahed Salem (EGY)
18:00 Lucy Turmel (ENG) v Cindy Merlo (SUI)
18:45 Raphael Kandra (GER) v Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)

Schedule – Court Three
(All times are local GMT+2)
12:00 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v Farida Mohamed (EGY)
12:45 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
13:30 Melissa Alves (FRA) v Ka Yi Lee (HKG)
14:15 George Parker (ENG) v Faraz Khan (USA)
16:00 Nour Aboulmakarim (EGY) v Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
16:45 Alan Clyne (SCO) v Greg Lobban (SCO)
18:00 Yathreb Adel (EGY) v Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
18:45 Mazen Gamal (EGY) v Lucas Serme (FRA)

Schedule – Court Four
(All times are local GMT+2)
12:00 Anna Serme (CZE) v Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
12:45 Ivan Yuen (MAS) v Patrick Rooney (ENG)
13:30 Lisa Aitken (SCO) v Enora Villard (FRA)
14:15 WC] Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) v Omar Mosaad (EGY)
16:00 Jasmine Hutton (ENG) v Sana Ibrahim (EGY)
16:45 Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY) v Muhammad Asim Khan (PAK)
18:00 Emilia Soini (FIN) v Donna Lobban (AUS)
18:45 Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND)

El Tayeb Halts Mohamed

Nour El Tayeb (left) takes on Farida Mohamed (right)

World No.28 Nour El Tayeb continued her fine form as she overcame fellow Egyptian Farida Mohamed to book her spot in round two of the 2022 El Gouna International.

El Tayeb, who reached the semi finals of the PSA World Championships last week, is appearing at the El Gouna International for the first time since 2019 and was competing against Mohamed for the first time in over two years.

The 29-year-old hit her attacking targets well and, despite a third game blip which saw Mohamed come back to within a game of her, held firm to complete the win, setting up a second round encounter with No.8 seed Rowan Elaraby.

Mohamed had her hamstring strapped up and required an injury break in the second game, meaning she wasn’t able to inflict her best squash on the fixture.

“Mentally, I was trying to prepare myself for a non-structured kind of game because she doesn't play with structure,” El Tayeb said.

“Sometimes when she gets in a round of points, it's not easy to get back into the game and play my game. At the moment, she is not playing at her best, there were a few errors here and there and that played an important role, as in the second and third at times I was under a lot of pressure.

But I've seen her doing that a few times with SJ (Perry) and Joelle (King) so I know how dangerous she can be. I'm very happy with the way I played, especially as it's my first round against an incredible player. I was trying to get pumped and even if I lost the third game, I told myself that it was a good preparation for tomorrow.

Last time, I was in the same situation, and I didn't deal well with the following tournament. But this time I knew what I was getting into. I am starting very early in the event, which is not something I'm used to. I take it as an advantage to play more matches, as I know that's what I need, to get my match fitness back.

Also, having Ali [husband and men's World Champion, Farag] to be able to speak to made a big difference as we have nearly the same feeling, although when you win it's a bit different if you finish the tournament losing. Having Ali around, we can talk things round, I talked a lot to him yesterday about how I'm feeling towards this event and how to cope with the last one, and that led me to a much better mindset than previously.”

Over on court one, Belgium’s Tinne Gilis got her tournament off to a winning start as she dispatched Hong Kong’s Chan Sin Yuk in straight games. The World No.13 will line up against No.4 seed Amanda Sobhy for a place in the last 16.

Tinne Gilis (left) takes on Chan Sin Yuk (right)

“I’m very happy to beat her in three today because I played her a few months ago in Washington, that was the first time I’d ever seen or heard of her, and I just won that match in five,” said Gilis.

“I was surprised with how she played. She’s a young player, she’s up and coming, so I knew I had to start well. It was the same as in Washington where I won the first game comfortably and then she just completely changed her game in the second and played attacking shots out of nowhere. I had to be focused from the beginning until the end.

“I knew what to expect today. I was expecting her to attack from everywhere, so I needed to hit my targets without leaving anything in the middle, and that’s what I focused on today. That’s what helped me through the match today to win.

“I’m very pleased with my season so far, I think I’ve played good squash and I’m very happy with how it’s going. It’s my last Platinum event of the season, that’s for sure, but I have a lot of tournaments coming up still, so it’s not over for me yet. I’m very excited to keep going and to keep progressing.

“I’m learning every single day, not just from playing squash but from watching it and being around all the other pro’s, so I’m happy and very pleased with my season so far. Hopefully, it will get better, that’s what I’m aiming for.”

Sobhy’s younger sister, Sabrina, defeated Spain’s Cristina Gomez in straight games to set up a meeting with Egypt’s Nada Abbas, while South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller completed a comfortable win over Anna Serme.

Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Farida Mohamed (EGY) 3-1: 11-3, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5 (31m)
Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt Chan Sin Yuk (HKG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (27m)
Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bt Cristina Gomez (ESP) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-3 (22m)
Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt Anna Serme (CZE) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-0 (21m)

Veteran Golan Battles Past Hammamy

Borja Golan (left) takes on Karim El Hammamy (right)

Spanish veteran Borja Golan fought to a gruelling 3-2 win over World No.29 Karim El Hammamy to ensure he will take on experienced Colombian Miguel Rodriguez in the last 32.

Golan had won their last two matches – both of which lasted over the hour-mark – but today’s encounter was the longest of all, clocking in at 82 minutes until Golan finally won 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-3.

It was a hard-fought win for the 39-year-old, who twice took a one-game lead, only to be pegged back by his opponent, who was performing in front of partizan home support.

It was when Golan really connected with his drives and was able to lob the ball out of his opponent’s reach that the Spaniard was able to get his nose in front, and so it proved in the decider, where he implemented his game plan to perfection to seal the win.

“He was quite motivated playing here in Egypt,” said World No.41 Golan.

“I don’t think he has had very good tournaments in the last few weeks, but I could see he wanted to win today. He’s a very fast player and very tricky, I had to play my best. I’m an experienced player now, but I’m missing other things like the speed.

“I tried to concentrate all the time and focused on my length, I tried to play lobs to take the ball away from him and it was working. It was a mental game, in the fifth game I had a very good start, which was important and I’m very happy to win the match, it was a good fight.

“[Miguel] is only three years younger than me but he’s played on the tour for so many years. He’s a good friend of mine, I know him very well, he’s still playing really good squash, so it will be very tough. I just want to enjoy this victory now, try to recover and try to give my best.”

Mexico’s Cesar Salazar will join Golan in the second round after he beat Egypt’s Yahya Elnawasany in a similarly brutal five-game battle, while men’s England No.1 Patrick Rooney is also through after dispatching Ivan Yuen of Malaysia in straight games.

Patrick Rooney

Rooney said: “Maybe Ivan is not playing at his best level at the moment, but I am so I went on there trying not to give him any chances around the middle because he is very attacking and very accurate if you give him loose shots. I got a few errors out of him, and I knew that if I kept that consistency up, I should be alright.

“I'm playing Baptiste [Masotti] [next], I've never played him in PSA, but I know what to expect, and he knows what to expect. I think we are similar in level, it will be a close match, we will just go on there to play a battle and we’ll see who will come up on top.”

Yuen’s compatriot Eain Yow Ng fared better in his first round fixture as he took out Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in an impressive 3-0 win.

Borja Golan (ESP) bt Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 3-2: 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-3 (82m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) 3-2: 11-7, 13-15, 12-10, 1-11, 15-13 (75m)
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 (35m)
Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (28m)

Ka Yi Upsets Alves

Ka Yi Lee (left) plays Melissa Alves (right)

Hong Kong’s Ka Yi Lee marked her El Gouna debut with a come-from-behind victory against the higher-ranked Melissa Alves.

World No.56 Lee had to weather an early storm as Alves, the World No.30 controlled the rallies and and put her opponent under a serious amount of pressure to build up a two-game lead.

However, Ka Yi responded brilliantly as she slowed the pace of the match down to nullify her opponent, and the 28-year-old was duly awarded with victory in the next three games to claim a fine win.

“In the beginning, she was controlling the rallies really well and really put me under so much pressure,” said Ka Yi, who will play England No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry next.

“Gradually, I tried to play my rhythm, slow down the pace and play my shots. And the most important thing was that I hung in there.

“I never played SJ before, but I need to prepare myself for a lot of running and a physical session. But I will definitely enjoy the match, and it’s always a great chance to get to play against a top player. Hopefully, I can have a good match.”

Alves’s fellow Frenchwoman Enora Villard also lost out following a 3-0 defeat to Scotland’s Lisa Aitken, while Malaysia’s Aifa Azman got the better of Egypt’s Jana Shiha, recovering from a slow start to win in four.

Aifa Azman (left) takes on Jana Shiha (right)

Azman said: “I feel in the first game, I didn’t get my rhythm. I tried to get my rhythm in the second game, it was very close, I was 10-6 up but then it got to 10-10. I just tried to calm myself.

“I have never played with Zeina [Mickawy] before but I hit with her a few days ago, it’s going to be a tough match. It’s my first time in El Gouna, so I hope I play well.

“I feel better in El Gouna than Cairo because Cairo is a bit too crowded. El Gouna is a really nice place and I really enjoy the views, there are very beautiful.”

Egypt’s Zeina Mickawy will be Azman’s second round opponent after she toppled Canada’s Nicole Bunyan.

Aifa Azman (MAS) bt Jana Shiha (EGY) 3-1: 7-11, 16-14, 11-6, 11-8 (43m)
Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt Nicole Bunyan (CAN) 3-1: 11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8 (35m)
Ka Yi Lee (HKG) bt Melissa Alves (FRA) 3-2: 4-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 (41m)
Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt Enora Villard (FRA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (30m)

Wildcard Eleinen Downs Mosaad

Aly Abou Eleinen (left) takes on Omar Mosaad (right)

Wildcard Aly Abou Eleinen has reached the second round of a PSA World Tour Platinum event for the first time after he defeated former World No.3 Omar Mosaad in a gripping four-game contest.

Eleinen’s only previous appearance at a Platinum event came at this event last year when he narrowly went down to World No.16 Youssef Soliman after 80 minutes of action, but a 12-10, 15-13, 9-11, 11-8 victory over Mosaad means he has gone one better this year.

Next up for Eleinen is a second round encounter with India’s Saurav Ghosal.

“I had the expectation that Omar was going to be a class act,” said Eleinen.

“He is so experienced, he was three in the world not that long ago. He doesn't play just play at the back of the court, if you open the court he is going to take the opportunity. 

“I had to match his experience with my physicality. So when I saw I had Omar in the draw, I trained so hard physically. Especially as I had a little shoulder injury and couldn't train my squash as I would have liked. So I had to match my physicality until I could play my squash.

“Coming in from the beginning, he was so solid and I saw it right away. I had to be patient but at the same time move him around. So I had to make sure I kept the balance right between not opening the court too much and yet I wanted to move him. It was a mental balance to find and try to be physically stronger. 

“It’s such a pleasure to play somebody like Omar, he is super respectful on court, he was very nice to me, I'm just over the moon right now.

“I need to go back and study Saurav's game a little bit but he is having a fantastic season, he reached the semis of the ToC and had an epic match with Diego (Elias) and Youssef Ibrahim, so I know he is a tough player, but I have nothing to lose. 

“I am enjoying my squash, enjoying every moment, and I'm going to enjoy every moment of that opportunity, hopefully bringing my ‘A’ game. I just love it here, I've been coming to this event for the past 10 years, every single time, and I have been growing up watching this. So just being able to have the opportunity to play in this event, let alone compete with these guys, means the world and motivates me, and I'm just over the moon.

“I just need to recover now and get ready for a battle tomorrow.”

Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller is also through after beating India’s Ramit Tandon and he will line up against USA’s Todd Harrity next after he beat Spain’s Bernat Jaume.

Nicolas Mueller (left) takes on Ramit Tandon

Mueller said: “Ramit is a very dangerous player. It was freezing on there today, so whoever had the opportunity to go short first would win the rallies.

“I managed to hit some good balls today, I was moving quite freely, I was quick onto the ball and winning that second game was crucial. He was leading 9-6, so coming back and winning that 12-10 gave me a push for the third game.

“We played the other month and today was exactly the same as last time. We had one okay game, I was down in one game and he had game balls to win it, if it’s 1-1 it can go either way.

“I’ve been playing well and I’m enjoying the way I’m playing. We have this event, then Mauritius and then after that I’m very much looking forward to some well-earned rest.”

England’s George Parker also claimed a win, beating USA’s Faraz Khan, and he will play No.6 seed Tarek Momen in the next round.

Todd Harrity (USA) bt Bernat Jaume (ESP) 3-1: 11-7, 4-11, 11-6, 11-3 (45m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Ramit Tandon (IND) 3-0: 11-6, 12-10, 11-5 (30m)
[WC] Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-1: 12-10, 15-13, 9-11, 11-8 (62m)
George Parker (ENG) bt Faraz Khan (USA) 3-1: 11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6 (51m)

Ibrahim Takes Out Hutton in Five

Sana Ibrahim in action

World No.40 Sana Ibrahim got the better of England’s Jasmine Hutton in an entertaining five-game battle at the El Gouna Squash Complex.

It was their third meeting – though their first since 2019 – and Hutton had won both of those matches, with the first of those seeing her come back from two games down to win.

However, this time around Ibrahim was able to get her revenge. The momentum of the match ebbed and flowed, with a high-octane fifth game drawing in rapturous applause from the watching spectators as Ibrahim closed the match out by an 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 3-11, 14-12 scoreline.

Ibrahim will line up in the second round of this event for the first time and she will take on World No.5 Joelle King for a place in the last 16.

“I was looking forward to my revenge,” said Ibrahim.

“This time, I was much more focused the whole match than in the previous matches. I have lost so many close matches, I wanted to win that one badly. Last year, I lost in the first round here too and it’s the last tournament of the season, so I want to make it count.

I was nervous in the first game, which I won rather easily. And my coach and my dad told me to just play my game, go for my shots, and that if I was trying to play at the back and make it very physical, I would lose. And they told me, even if you are 2-0 down and 10-0 behind, keep playing your squash.

“I wanted to win in front of my parents, I wanted to win for them. I have been training very hard, I’m very tired, but I wanted that to be for something.

“It was the first time I played Joelle in Manchester a few weeks ago. I was not used to the court, or to her squash. I lost in a tough battle, 3-1, so I’m looking forward to playing here on my home ground in different court conditions. I’m so excited to play against her tomorrow at home.”

World No.26 Hana Ramadan is also through after she came back from a game down to see off wildcard Haya Ali.

Hana Ramadan (left) takes on Haya Ali (right)

Ramadan said: “It was the first time I’ve seen her play and I think it was a tough match to start with. It kept me guessing a lot, she flicked her racket a lot, and it was challenging to read her game.

“You’ve got the basic pressure of playing a match and a tournament, let alone against someone you’ve never seen play before. I know a lot of the Egyptian juniors come up to play on the professional tour, I was expecting it to be challenging and it was.

“I’m happy with how I’ve done far and I hope next season I can bring it up a bit. I’m currently 26 [in the world] and my goal for the next season is to break into the top 20.”

There were also wins for Canada’s Danielle Letourneau, who beat Nour Aboulmakarim, and Malaysia’s Rachel Arnold, who got the better of Marie Stephan.

Sana Ibrahim (EGY) bt Jasmine Hutton (ENG) 3-2: 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 3-11, 14-12 (53m)
Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bt Nour Aboulmakarim (EGY) 3-1: 14-12, 11-3, 8-11, 11-8 (41m)
Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt Marie Stephan (FRA) 3-1: 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7 (37m)
Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt [WC] Haya Ali (EGY) 3-1: 9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-3 (30m)

El Sirty Sets up Asal Fixture

Moustafa El Sirty in action

Egypt’s Moustafa El Sirty will take on World No.4 Mostafa Asal in a repeat of the most recent World Junior Championships final after he claimed a comfortable win over fellow Egyptian Mohamed Nasser.

El Sirty and Asal will meet for the first time on the PSA Tour, and El Sirty will look to avenge his 3-0 defeat to Asal in the 2019 World Junior Championships final.

“I know Mohamed pretty well, he’s the son of my fitness coach,” said El Sirty.

“I’ve see him growing up and I managed to put together a good plan to be able to win in three today. I couldn’t play any better, the conditions were on my side at all, I’m really happy to get through.

“We [El Sirty and Asal] had a rivalry in juniors and he’s stepped up his game a bit and has gone up with the big guys now. I’m trying to follow on and I’m expecting a good match tomorrow. I know it will be tough because he’s such a good player.

“It’s an amazing place to play squash. The beach is two minutes away from the court. It’s really chilling, it’s an amazing venue as well and the people are so welcoming, it’s my homeland too, so I couldn’t be any happier.”

Greg Lobban in action

Elsewhere, Greg Lobban got the better of Scottish teammate Alan Clyne in a gruelling 98-minute battle to set up a meeting with No.7 seed Marwan ElShorbagy.

Lobban said: “It’s difficult to play your teammate. The court is quite bouncy and wasn't that rewarding at the start.

“It didn't help we weren't supposed to play against each other up to three days ago. We spent a week training here on these courts. We know where the ball is going quite well, and it was difficult to find the space today.

“I feel I didn't play like I wanted to, but I just had to grind it away and make sure I won the last point, and that's what I did. I'm facing Marwan next, it's always tough when you make it to the second round in these events. I know he is playing well, but for those guys that played the quarters and semis of the World Champs, it's really tough to back it up, so I know I've got a chance.

“I know he is going to be fired up tomorrow as well as he is playing in Egypt, so it’s probably going to be a good one and I’m looking forward to it.”

Meanwhile, Frenchman Sebastien Bonmalais overcame Zahed Salem, while Mohamed ElSherbini beat Muhammad Asim Khan.

Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-1: 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6 (98m)
Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA) bt Zahed Salem (EGY) 3-1: 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 (65m)
Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY) bt Muhammad Asim Khan (PAK) 3-0: 11-7, 11-0, 11-4 (25m)
Moustafa El Sirty (EGY) bt [WC] Mohamed Nasser (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-4, 13-11 (30m)

Turmel Vanquishes Merlo to Progress

Lucy Turmel (left) takes on Cindy Merlo (right)

World No.23 Lucy Turmel booked her spot in the last 32 after an accomplished performance against Switzerland’s Cindy Merlo saw her win in straight games.

Turmel had won all four of their previous meetings by 3-0 scorelines, and the 22-year-old from Ipswich looked full of confidence as she put her opponent to the sword, winning 11-1, 11-7, 11-5 in 23 minutes to set up a second round encounter with Belgium’s Nele Gilis.

“It was a decent start, it was good to get on court and play a first round match on there,” said Turmel afterwards.

“Hopefully I’ll get better and build on that ready for tomorrow.

“I felt confident with what I needed to do going into the match because I’d played her before, so it helped me have a lot of clarity with my plan.

“It’s going to be tough, Nele is very tough and physical, so I’m going to have to put some good squash together tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Australia’s Donna Lobban got the better of Finland’s Emilia Soini in five games and admitted that she was distracted by the fact that her husband, men’s World No.33 Greg Lobban, was locked in battle with Alan Clyne on the court next to her.

Donna Lobban (left) takes on Emilia Soini (right)

She said: “I was a little bit distracted by trying to see what was going on over there and I was watching before I played. I probably didn't warm up as well I should have and I was getting a bit nervous watching him.

“I was telling myself to snap out of it, I was just not concentrating. I got my concentration back in the second, but because it was so one-sided, it was hard to keep my rhythm. 
The fourth game wasn't bad, and in the last game I was trying to run to the service box, trying to keep myself focused.

“I didn't feel it was physically hard at any point, I wasn't breathing hard or anything. It was more up here [mentally].”

Meanwhile, Yathreb Adel was forced to retire mid-way through her match with Sivasangari Subramaniam due to illness, while Mariam Metwally beat wildcard Zeina Zein in three games.

Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt Yathreb Adel (EGY) 3-0: 11-3, 10-4 retired (12m)
Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt [WC] Zeina Zein (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (27m)
Donna Lobban (AUS) bt Emilia Soini (FIN) 3-2: 4-11, 11-2, 12-14, 11-1, 11-6 (41m)
Lucy Turmel (ENG) bt Cindy Merlo (SUI) 3-0: 11-1, 11-7, 11-5 (23m)

Kandra Halts Steinmann

Raphael Kandra (right) takes on Dimitri Steinmann (left)

Germany’s Raphael Kandra needed to draw on all of his resolve to come through a feisty clash with Switzerland’s Dimitri Steinmann in one of the final matches of the evening.

It was a hard-fought contest with both players greeting their winners with cries of pure passion. Steinmann came back from 2-1 down to force a decider, giving him a chance at his first win over the World No.19.

However, Kandra stood firm when it mattered most and kept his opponent at arm’s bay to see out an 11-3, 6-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-7 victory which will see him take on Egypt’s Youssef Ibrahim in the next round.

Frenchman Lucas Serme also needed to be on his mettle as he came through in four games against Egypt’s Mazen Gamal, and he will play India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar in the next round after he beat Serme’s compatriot, Mathieu Castagnet.

“It was a hard match,” said Serme.

I was telling Anna (Serme), I played him several times, and several in this kind of situation – as in Mazen coming at the last minute as a reserve.

“As he is not too outgoing, you never know if he really wants to play. He looks like he is quickly tired but in fact, although he makes you believe he doesn’t want to play really, he still gets to the ball if you give him just a bit of time.”

England’s Adrian Waller beat Auguste Dussord in the day’s other fixture.

Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Mazen Gamal (EGY) 3-1: 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 11-5 (56m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (50m)
Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 3-2: 11-3, 6-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-7 (57m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Auguste Dussourd (FRA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-2, 11-1 (30m)

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