World No.7 Karim Abdel Gawad came out on top in an all-Egyptian second round fixture against the talented Fares Dessouki in the 2016 Allam British Open to reach the quarter-final of the distinguished ‘Wimbledon of Squash’ for the first time in his career.
Dessouki went a game to the good after a tightly-contested opener which saw him squander three game balls before finally converting on the fourth attempt after an unforced error from Gawad. Gawad came storming back though in the second and powered to victory, dropping just three points in the process, as he levelled proceedings in Hull’s Airco Arena.
“It feels great to be in the quarter-final, especially as is the first time I have ever beaten him on the Tour,” said Gawad.
“He has beaten me twice before, in the British Open two years ago, and in Philadelphia the same year. I need to recover well and focus well as I’m playing Marwan next.”
“The whole match wasn’t easy at all. I tried to focus in the second game from the beginning and try to maintain a lead. I was happy to get the second quite quickly but, in the third, things changed and he was 8-3 up.
“He was moving really quickly so I tried to refocus again, forget the score and the third was a turning point.”
Result – Second Round: Men’s Allam British Open 2016
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Fares Dessouki (EGY) 3-1: 12-14, 11-3, 12-10, 11-9 (91m)
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