The second round of the 2016 Allam British Open saw two of the most talented young Egyptians on the PSA World Tour go head-to-head with World No.21 Fares Dessouki overcoming Cairo-born Mazen Hesham in an exciting clash in Hull.
It was all one-way traffic in the early exchanges with Hesham, who was making his first PSA World Tour appearance of 2016 after suffering a leg injury towards the end of last year, looking slightly rusty as a number of unforced errors, coupled with some consistent hitting from Dessouki, saw the latter go a game to the good and he followed that up by doubling his advantage in the second.
“I was 2-0 up and then he came back really strong, he won the third game and I thought he was going to win the fourth game. I was a bit lucky today that he didn’t but I’m really happy he could play today. It was a really good match and a real battle on court. He was injured but now he’s back so I hope he comes back stronger.
“Every time I play Karim, it’s in five games. Last time I played him, he was 2-0 up and 9-3 up but I came back and won 3-2, so I think it’s going to be a tough match. He’s a really talented player so I need to recover and get ready for the next one.”
Hesham, meanwhile, was disappointed with the result but happy to be back on court after a three-month injury lay off.
“The first two games I didn’t really get into it at all,” he explained.
“My balls were short and he was playing really well. You can’t give him too much of a chance or otherwise he will finish it but I’m happy to be back still. Of course, I wanted a few matches to get into the tournament but today I was totally fine.
“Everything is alright with my injury, I didn’t have any problems and he just played better at squash. Mentally, I think I need to be a bit stronger. I was still trying but I just didn’t find my range, especially because he was so much better than me.
“That’s what made a difference in the fourth but I’m still happy to be back. I’m competing again so I’m happy with that.”
Result – First Round: Men’s Allam British Open 2016
Fares Dessouki (EGY) bt Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-1: 11-2, 11-4, 6-11, 11-9 (46m)
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