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El Gouna International: Day Two - Player Reaction

The 2022 El Gouna International continues today at the El Gouna Squash Complex as the seeded players – including defending champions Mohamed ElShorbagy and Nour El Sherbini – begin their tournaments.

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 [4] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
12:45 Cesar Salazar (MEX) v [3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
13:30 [1] Nouran Gohar (EGY) v Hollie Naughton (CAN)
14:15 [1] Paul Coll (NZL) v Mazen Hesham (EGY)
16:00 [3] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v Hana Ramadan (EGY)
16:45 [4] Mostafa Asal (EGY) v Moustafa El Sirty (EGY)
18:00 Mariam Metwally (EGY) v [2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
18:45 Adrian Waller (ENG) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY)

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Schedule – Court Two
(All times are local GMT+2)
12:00 Sabrina Sobhy (USA) v Nada Abbas (EGY)
12:45 Borja Golan (ESP) v Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
13:30 Zeina Mickawy (EGY) v Aifa Azman (MAS)
14:15 Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v Todd Harrity (USA)
16:00 Rachel Arnold (MAS) v Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
16:45 Joel Makin (WAL) v Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA)
18:00 Lucy Turmel (ENG) v Nele Gilis (BEL)
18:45 Raphael Kandra (GER) v Youssef Ibrahim (EGY)

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Schedule – Court Three
(All times are local GMT+2)
12:00 [8] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) v Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
12:45 [8] Fares Dessouky (EGY) v Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
13:30 Ka Yi Lee (HKG) v [6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
14:15 George Parker (ENG) v [6] Tarek Momen (EGY)
16:00 Sana Ibrahim (EGY) v [5] Joelle King (NZL)
16:45 Youssef Soliman (EGY) v [5] Diego Elias (PER)
18:00 [7] Salma Hany (EGY) v Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
18:45 [7] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v Greg Lobban (SCO)

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Schedule – Court Four
(All times are local GMT+2)
12:00 Georgina Kennedy (ENG) v Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
12:45 Baptiste Masotti (FRA) v Patrick Rooney (ENG)
13:30 Lisa Aitken (SCO) v Emily Whitlock (WAL)
14:15 Saurav Ghosal (IND) v [WC] Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY)
16:00 Nadine Shahin (EGY) v Olivia Fiechter (USA)
16:45 Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY) v Gregoire Marche (FRA)
18:00 Olivia Clyne (USA) v Donna Lobban (AUS)
18:45 Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) v Lucas Serme (FRA)

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Gilis Upsets Sobhy As Day Two Begins

Tinne Gilis in action

World No.13 Tinne Gilis put in a magnificent performance to shock No.4 seed Amanda Sobhy as day two of the El Gouna International got off to a thrilling start.

Gilis has been close to an upset for a while – notably taking World Champion Nour El Sherbini all the way to five games twice this year – and put together a superb performance to dispatch World Championship semi-finalist Sobhy by an 11-7, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6 scoreline.

There were some lengthy rallies in the match, with both players moving each other into all four corners of the court regularly. Gilis was able to outmanoeuvre her opponent in the opening game, but Sobhy really found her corners in the second as the American came back from 3-1 down to level the scores.

However, a number of errors from Sobhy handed the initiative back to Gilis as the Belgian pulled ahead to a 2-1 lead, and she kept her composure in a crucial fourth game to get the win over the line.

Gilis will now take on Egypt’s Nada Abbas after she came back from a game down to beat the younger Sobhy sister, Sabrina.

“It’s been a while since I’ve beaten a top 10 player, so it’s good for my confidence,” said Gilis.

“Especially because it’s the last Platinum event of the season, so it’s always nice to play well in the last ones. I’m really happy with how I played and how I focused throughout the whole match. Hopefully I can keep going for my next match.

“I’m expecting a really tough match [against Abbas]. She’s been playing really well lately, she reached the quarter finals of the World Championships two weeks ago, so she’s been in good form. I’m expecting a really tough battle, and it’s always harder to play an Egyptian in Egypt.

“But I’m motivated as well and I will give it my all.

“[Beating a top seed] will help me for sure with my confidence. It will make me believe in myself more and I know I’m capable of doing it, so I’ll take that with me into my next match. I think she [Abbas] is a few spots behind me [in the PSA World Rankings], so it’s going to be a great opportunity for both of us.”

Meanwhile, Nour El Tayeb – also a World Championship semi finalist in Cairo last week – stormed past No.8 seed Rowan Elaraby, and the World No.28 will face England’s Georgina Kennedy in the round.

Nour El Tayeb

El Tayeb lost out to Elaraby in straight games the last time they played, but made a strong start in the first game and survived a lapse of concentration to a game ahead.

She narrowly took the second game too after pulling away from the midway point, and was able to weather a late Elaraby charge in the third – the No.8 seed had fought back from 9-1 down to 9-5 – to complete the win.

El Tayeb said: “I never feel comfortable playing against Rowan. I'm having trouble reading her game, which is all credit to her.

“But going in today, I'm very glad I had a tough match yesterday, I knew when I stepped on court that it was the right draw for me. Playing well in the second round seems to release a bit of pressure. I watched my match against her in Black Ball, and I saw how her game seems to nullify mine and I had a plan.

“I think the hangover from the worlds is still here, I'm still not 100% mentally focused throughout the match on my performance. I think my focus was better during the World Champs. But still, I wasn't too hard on myself today, because I have confidence and play longer rallies, it's in my favour.

“And that's something I had in my mind, keep the rallies longer and you'll be fine. But I couldn't relax. Not even at 9-1 in the third. These these are the things I need to work on for tomorrow. I'm happy I managed to wake up during the game itself and react, adjust and play better. Maybe that's something I wouldn't have been able to do a year or so ago.

“I can't believe this is only the last 16. I beat Rowan, played two matches, and it's only the last 16.”

Kennedy fought to a 3-2 win over South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller, coming back from 2-1 down to sneak an 11-7, 7-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8 victory.

Georgina Kennedy (ENG) bt Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 3-2: 11-7, 7-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8 (56m)
Nada Abbas (EGY) bt Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 3-1: 4-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (47m)
Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt [4] Amanda Sobhy (USA) 3-1: 11-7, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6 (42m)
Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [8] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 11-8, 11-5 (35m)

Golan Battles Past Rodriguez as ElShorbagy Beats Salazar

Borja Golan (right) in action against Miguel Rodriguez (left)

Spanish veteran Borja Golan has reached the third round of a PSA World Tour Platinum event for the first time since March, 2020 – and he will take on defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy for a place in the quarter finals.

39-year-old Golan, the World No.41, required five games and 81 minutes to finally get the better of former British Open champion Rodriguez, finally bringing an end to a brutal battle by an 8-11, 12-10, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9 scoreline.

There was plenty of applause from enraptured spectators at the El Gouna Squash Complex, particularly when Rodriguez pulled off one of his trademark dives, and there was little to separate the pair throughout the contest, until Golan held his nerve right at the death.

Meanwhile, ElShorbagy had a contrasting fixture against Mexico’s Cesar Salazar, winning 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 in 28 minutes.

Mohamed ElShorbagy (left) takes on Cesar Salazar

“I’m very happy to win today, Cesar is a very tricky player, he’s beaten me before and we’ve had some tough matches in the past,” said ElShorbagy.

“We haven’t played in so many years, so it was a bit tricky for me because in the first game he didn’t move very well, I think because of his tough match yesterday. Then from the second he was completely on fire, taking me short and it took me by surprise.

“Within a couple of minutes I found myself 7-2 down. But I think mentally it was very good for me to come back and win that game 11-8. He’s a quality player, Ali [Farag] had a strong three games with him at the World Champs and I’m glad to finish off in three.

“I’m looking forward to starting on the glass court tomorrow.”

No.8 Fares Dessouky also booked his place in the last 16 courtesy of a 3-1 win against Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng, and he will take on Frenchman Baptiste Masotti, who beat England’s Patrick Rooney by the same scoreline.

Dessouky: “It was a very tough match. I have been watching him play for so many tournaments, he is improving so I was expecting a tough one.

“I played well in the first, but he played very well in the second. I had to make sure I was making each rally very hard. Today, my plan was to impose my squash and not watch him play. Sometimes, if you pay too much attention to your opponent, you fall in the trap of playing his game instead of focusing on your own.”

Borja Golan (ESP) bt Miguel Rodriguez (COL) 3-2: 8-11, 12-10, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9 (81m)
[8] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-1: 11-9, 9-11, 14-12, 13-11 (76m)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt Patrick Rooney (ENG) 3-1: 8-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-5 (49m)
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (28m)

Azman Fights Back to Beat Mickawy

Aifa Azman

Malaysia’s Aifa Azman is through to the last 16 of a PSA World Tour Platinum for the first time in her career after overturning five match balls en route to a 3-2 win over Egypt’s Zeina Mickawy.,

World No.27 Azman found herself 2-0 down and five match balls down after a slow start, but she dug in and came back to win the third. The momentum shifted in Azman’s favour as she won the fourth too for the loss of three points, before a lengthy injury break in the fifth brought the match to a grinding halt after a collision in the middle of the court.

Mickawy went down and needed treatment from the physio and, while she was able to continue, she wasn’t able to break Azman down, and the Malaysian progresses to the third round, where she will take on World No.1 Nouran Gohar.

“I’m very happy with how I came back after being 2-0 down,” said Azman.

“Yesterday I had to wait an hour and a half to play my match and the same happened today because it was too long. I wasn’t ready for the match because I was sitting down and waiting for the previous match to finish. The first two games were very bad, but I’m glad I came back with a new game plan and stuck to that.

“I kept myself warm and told myself not to worry about her because it [the injury] was not my fault. I stayed focused and stuck to my game plan.

“I’m very excited [to play Gohar] because at the previous tournament I was supposed to play her in the next round, but I didn’t make it, so I’m very happy that I could win so I could play her. It’s my dream to play with her, she’s the World No.1, so I’m looking forward to playing her on the glass court.”

Gohar kicked off her attempts to win a first El Gouna International title with a 12-10, 11-7, 13-11 victory over Canada’s Hollie Naughton.

Nouran Gohar in action

Gohar had won all four of their previous fixtures but had to be on her mettle to navigate a dangerous opponent, who pushed the World Championship runner-up in the first and third games in particular.

However, Gohar found the winners when she needed them and emerged victorious to move into the third round.

England’s Sarah-Jane is also through after getting the better of Hong Kong’s Lee Ka Yi and the World No.6 will go up against Scotland’s Lisa Aitken next after Aitken got the better of World No.18 Emily Whitlock.

Perry said: “It’s hard to think in there, but then again sometimes it's better for my squash.
I never played her before, so the first half of the first game was just about discovering her game. I was definitely opening up more that I was hoping to.
“But I stopped doing that and went back to making sure that the ball was going to the back and wide because she was very good on the volley and very good around the middle, so you can't give her the ball there.

“It's never easy to play one of your best mates. We [Perry and Aitken] haven't actually played that many times but it's never been easy at any time. So I'll try not to have half a game tomorrow working things out.”

Aifa Azman (MAS) bt Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 3-2: 7-11, 6-11, 13-11, 11-3, 11-7 (56m)
Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt Emily Whitlock (WAL) 3-1: 7-11, 11-2, 14-12, 11-7 (47m)
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Ka Yi Lee (HKG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 (24m)
[1] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-0: 12-10, 11-7, 13-11 (35m)

Eleinen Comes Back to Vanquish Ghosal

Aly Abou Eleinen (left) celebrates his win over Saurav Ghosal (right)

Wildcard Aly Abou Eleinen continued his superb tournament after he followed up an opening day win over former World No.3 Omar Mosaad with a comeback from two games down against World No.17 Saurav Ghosal.

Eleinen is appearing at only his second PSA World Tour Platinum event – with last year’s El Gouna International being his first – but the World No.76 has now reached a maiden third round after a dogged performance against Ghosal.

22-year-old Eleinen looked down and out after falling two games behind but dug in his heels and battled to victory over the course of the next three games, which included a tie-break in the fourth.

His maiden third round fixture will be against former World Champion Tarek Momen, who got the better of England’s George Parker in four games.

“I have been watching Saurav for such a long time, he had a great season,” said Eleinen.

“I watched him in the ToC having a fantastic match against Diego, I’ve enjoyed watching him. Coming in, I knew that he likes playing at the front, so I tried to reach the back corners as accurately as possible. In the first two games, I tried to play a fast deep game, find the corners at the back, be patient and wait for him to attack.

“But he was way too quick and I was way too passive, I had to find ways to attack him. But every time I attacked, he was so good at the front.

“For me, it was a matter of staying tough, staying strong and counting on my physicality to get through. When I was down 2-0, I told myself it came down to two things, give up or keep fighting. But here in El Gouna, I’m always going to keep flighting.

“And when I saw [Tournament Promoter, Amr] Mansi coming to watch me play, the minute I saw him I just switched on, he gave me the opportunity and I was never going to let go of it. Now, I get get to play my idol, Tarek Momen. I’m enjoying every moment, I’m just going to have to recover and come back stronger tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, World No.1 Paul Coll came up against the tricky World No.8 Mazen Hesham, but produced a composed display to nullify the Egyptian’s attacking talents, and his 3-0 victory will pit him against Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller, who came back from a game down to beat USA’s Todd Harrity.

Paul Coll (right) takes on Mazen Hesham (left)

Coll said: “I was pretty happy, it was very tough at the start, he was firing it in short very well. I was a bit slow to start and he was chopping nicks in and doing what he does best.

“I had to be careful and once I got over that it was good.

“It’s quite a short break [after the World Championships] but it’s a good opportunity to bounce back. I’m looking forward to a good tournament, I got exactly the same draw, so it’s familiar this week, and I’m hoping to put in some more good performances.”

Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 3-1: 2-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-1 (42m)
[WC] Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-2: 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7 (71m)
[6] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt George Parker (ENG) 3-1: 11-4, 10-12, 11-8, 11-6 (48m)
[1] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-4 (32m)

El Hammamy Gets Title Challenge Under Way

Hania El Hammamy

World No.3 Hania El Hammamy got her title challenge under way with a comfortable 3-0 win over fellow Egyptian Hana Ramadan.

The reigning Allam British Open champion fell to a disappointing quarter final exit at the CIB PSA World Championships last week but has looked to put that behind her and completed an 11-2, 11-5, 11-8 victory to book her spot in the last 16.

“I tried as much as I could to get in the zone after the World Championships,” said El Hammamy.

“We didn’t have much time recover and regroup, so I tried to take this match as if it was a practice match and release everything that happened [at the World Championships]. I managed to do that and played well.

“I’ve never played against Hana, so it was a little bit tricky to play an Egyptian. I’m glad I was able to get through.

“I’m definitely looking forward to playing on the glass court, playing in El Gouna is amazing, it’s always exciting and I always look forward to coming back here. Hopefully, after tomorrow, I will be ready for another match.”

El Hammamy will play Malaysia’s Rachel Arnold in the last 16 after the World No.35 got the better of Canada’s Danielle Letourneau in four games.

World No.5 Joelle King and Olivia Fiechter have joined El Hammamy and Arnold in the next round and will face each other following wins over Sana Ibrahim and Nadine Shahin.

Joelle King (left) takes on Sana Ibrahim (right)

King said: “Last time I played Sana, the first time I did, actually, it was 3-1. She was my first round in Manchester after I had an injury, I hadn't played for a bit. She is young, she knows how to put the ball away, and she took me a bit by surprise to be honest. So today I was more prepared.

“It’s hard sometimes with some of the youngsters, you don't know how they play, you don't know what to expect. So playing her in Manchester helped me a lot today.

“It's been a long season and when you are a top player, you have got to back it up. Sometimes things don't go to plan but it’s about how you come back from that, and that's what I want to do in this tournament, to finish the season well.”

Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 3-1: 11-5, 11-7, 12-14, 11-9 (39m)
Olivia Fiechter (USA) bt Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 11-3, 11-5 (25m)
[3] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Hana Ramadan (EGY) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5, 11-8 (29m)
[5] Joelle King (NZL) bt Sana Ibrahim (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 (27m)

Asal Overcomes El Sirty

Mostafa Asal (fore) takes on Moustafa El Sirty

World No.4 Mostafa Asal overcame fellow Egyptian Mostafa El Sirty in a repeat of the 2019 World Junior Championships final.

It was a tricky start for Asal as 20-year-old El Sirty – who is just five months younger than Asal – settled the quicker of the two and fought to a first-game victory.

But a one-sided second game quickly went the way of Asal, and he kept his opponent at arm’s length in the third and fourth games to book his spot in the last 16.

“My last match at the World Championship with Farag [in the semi finals] was disappointing for me,” said Asal.

“I believe in every tournament that I’m going to go to the final. I had dreams of winning the tournament, but I’ve mentally prepared again. It was a tricky start [today], I was a bit sleepy after a very tough tournament.

“He’s incredible, I told him that I need someone like him in my generation. We are the same age, he is about five months younger, and I need him on my side. It’s my first time playing someone who I am older than, it was a new experience, but I’m happy that I made the last three games tough and solid.”

Asal will take on Welshman Joel Makin in the next round after he overcame Sebastien Bonmalais of France, while Bonmalais’ compatriot – Gregoire Marche – fought to a 3-2 victory against Egypt’s Mohamed ElSherbini which, at 91 minutes, is the second longest match of the event so far.

No.5 seed Diego Elias will be Marche’s opponent in the last 16. Elias had a contrasting second round fixture as he dispatched World No.16 Youssef Soliman in straight games.

Diego Elias (left) takes on Youssef Soliman (right)

Elias said: “I’m very happy with the 3-0 win. I just came here for a little rest before this one after the Worlds. To be honest, I didn't play much squash, I just rested, relaxed and enjoyed the sun a little bit.

“So I'm starting this tournament fresh. I think it worked and I'm very happy with the way I played. We played last week at the Worlds actually, I felt pretty good that time so I made sure I was doing the same today.”

Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY) 3-2: 10-12, 11-7, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9 (91m)
Joel Makin (WAL) bt Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 (54m)
[4] Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt Moustafa El Sirty (EGY) 3-1: 8-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 (46m)
[5] Diego Elias (PER) bt Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 (34m)

Gilis Has Huge Battle with Turmel

Nele Gilis in action

Belgium’s Nele Gilis came through an almighty battle with World No.23 Lucy Turmel as she came back from two games down to triumph in the longest women’s match of the tournament so far.

A narrow first game went the way of Turmel, and she looked to be on the verge of running away with the contest as she dropped just four points in the second game.

Gilis finally found her range in the third though and halved the deficit for the loss of two points, before displaying nerves of steel to wrestle back control of the match, eventually prevailing 10-12, 4-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-9 in 75 minutes.

“I came here with zero expectations,” said Gilis.

“A week ago I didn’t think I would be able to play, so I was lacking some match fitness I felt in the first two, my legs were on fire. Then at 2-0 down, I had nothing to lose, so I just wanted to give it my all and see where that got me. Adrenaline helped me as well.

“If she was going to beat me, she would have to take it away from me, she would have to beat me. I am very proud of myself for this performance, it wasn’t my best but I did all I could do today and I’m so happy that I’m able to play on the glass court now.

“There is no pressure, I’m going to try and enjoy the occasion. It’s my first time in the last 16 in El Gouna, so I’m happy about that. Sometimes when you’re practicing you can play a lot of shots and then in matches, with the nerves, you can’t hit the shots you want to.

“So I’m going to go into it with almost a practice match mindset. Hopefully I’ll produce my best squash because that’s what I do in training. I just have to push through two more tournaments and then I can give my body a rest, I can rest mentally and see my family.”

Gilis will go up against World Champion Nour El Sherbini in the next round after the World No.2 defeated fellow Egyptian Mariam Metwally.

Nour El Sherbini

Meanwhile, No.7 seed Salma Hany became the third women’s seed to fall on day two – following Amanda Sobhy and Rowan Elaraby – as she lost out to Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam.

Subramaniam will take on Australia’s Donna Lobban for a place in the quarter finals, with both players vying to reach the quarter finals of a PSA World Tour Platinum event for the first time. Lobban battled to a 3-2 win against United States No.3 Olivia Clyne.

Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Lucy Turmel (ENG) 3-2: 10-12, 4-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-9 (75m)
Donna Lobban (AUS) bt Olivia Clyne (USA) 3-2: 11-8, 10-12, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7 (45m)
Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt [7] Salma Hany (EGY) 3-1: 6-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (39m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Mariam Metwally (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 (28m)

Farag Through as Kandra Topples Ibrahim

Ali Farag (right) takes on Adrian Waller (left)

World No.2 Ali Farag got his title challenge under way as he defeated Adrian Waller of England 3-1.

Farag, the 2019 El Gouna International winner, comes into this tournament off the back of lifting a third World Championship title last week in Cairo and there were moments throughout his clash with Waller where he looked a bit sluggish.

But Farag – who will go back to World No.1 on June 1 – had enough to see out the win in four games after Waller had come back to win the third, and he will take on World No.19 Raphael Kandra in the next round after the German upset Windy City Open finalist Youssef Ibrahim.

“Adrian is very smart tactically, especially on the backhand side,” said Farag.

“He might not be the best mover into the front two corners, but he definitely compensates with his brand of squash. It was never easy, even in the first two, and then in the third he came back hard at me, but I’m very happy to clinch that one.

“I took a day off [after the World Championships] and then the next day I was on the bike and did some exercises for recovery, then Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I was back on court again. Even if I’m 30, I’m still experiencing new things, so every time I have to play it by ear and ask my coaches for their experience.

“Today, I was a bit sluggish with my performance, it’s not easy off the back of the World Champs. It’s good to be tested very early on because it gets you sharper for the next rounds.”

Raphael Kandra (right) celebrates against Youssef Ibrahim (left)

The final two matches of the day both went to five, with 2018 champion Marwan ElShorbagy beating Scotland’s Greg Lobban, and Mahesh Mangaonkar beating Frenchman Lucas Serme to reach the third round of a Platinum event for the first time. They will go head-to-head in the last 16.

Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 14-12, 11-9 (35m)
[7] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Greg Lobban (SCO) 3-2: 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8 (67m)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9 (38m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-2: 8-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-7, 11-6 (83m)

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