Egypt’s Ali Farag weathered an early storm from Hong Kong’s Leo Au to overcome a first game deficit and secure his place in the quarter-finals of the Grasshopper Cup, PSA M70 tournament which got underway in Zurich today.
Farag was caught off guard by an in-form Au who came out of the blocks full of confidence and intent, playing with supreme accuracy in the front court to reel off winner-after-winner courtesy of supremely soft hands.
Au played immaculate through the first two games but it was Farag’s superior class that made the ultimate difference as he overturned deficits in both the opening two games to seize hold of the match against the run of momentum before accelerating away in the third game to assert himself on proceedings and move into the last eight.
“I never felt comfortable on there at all today,” said Farag.
“Leo is a very dangerous player and he has a very subtle touch so you can never be sure what he is going to do.
“I was glad to get away with a 3-0 win especially coming from 3-6 down in the first. Winning that one made a huge difference to the end result.
“It’s my first time here and it’s a good start – I’ve never been to a tournament where there was a full house from the very first round so it was amazing to see that. “
 Ali Farag (EGY) bt Leo Au (HKG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (35m)