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Gawad Overcomes Richards in British Grand Prix


Egypt's Karim Abdel Gawad saw off Tom Richards after a gruelling first round clash at the AJ Bell British Grand Prix, PSA M70 tournament.

Both players played some outstanding squash at the beginning of the match with a number of tightly contested rallies. In a nail-biting first game, Richards fought to pull away and secure an 11-8 lead.

The Englishman started strongly in the second and built up an early advantage. Gawad pushed hard for the comeback with some exceptional play to level the match with an 11-9 triumph.

A shift in momentum saw Richards back on top in the third and he pressed on to take a one-game lead once more before Gawad claimed a tense fourth.

An assured performance from Gawad saw him dominate the fifth and final game to record an 11-2 victory which yielded his fifth straight win over Richards.

'Tom is one of the toughest players on tour and was World No.12 for many months before sadly suffering from injury,” said Gawad.

“He's back now climbing the rankings and it was a very tough match. Luckily I won the fourth game because I felt the match going towards Tom and really tried to push on. In the fifth I tried to keep all of my focus and concentration to get the lead and keep it and I'm happy I did that.”

The Egyptian World No.11 will face either Miguel Angel Rodriguez or Gregoire Marche in the quarter-final.

Result- First Round: AJ Bell British Grand Prix 2015
[6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [M] Tom Richards (ENG) 3-2: 8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 11-2

By Shana Lord

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