Egypt’s World No.4 Karim Abdel Gawad booked his place in the quarter finals of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships after defeating France’s Gregoire Marche in straight games at Drexel University.
Gawad controlled the first game to take a comfortable one game lead, before Marche struck back in the second, sing his formidable retrieval skills to keep himself within touching distance of the talented Egyptian.
The match looked as though it had all the makings to be one of the most entertaining of the tournament so far. However, lots of decisions caused stoppages and also the court floor causing problems for Gawad in particular saw the match lose its flow.
Skills R Us— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) October 7, 2019
The flicks and tricks are out in Philadelphia as
GregMarche</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/karimabdelgawad?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">karimabdelgawad strut their stuff #USOpenSquash pic.twitter.com/JR3MApdX2h
The third saw Marche facing an uphill battle to get back into the encounter and Gawad was able to make the most of it as he moved ahead to close out an 11-5, 16-14, 11-7 in a difficult third round match.
“It was very tough,” said the 28-year-old former World Champion.
“Especially when you are playing a player like Greg, he’s very tough physically and the second game was really tough physically. I had to keep my focus the whole time and never lose my concentration, especially with a player like him.
“Greg is one of the best French player on the tour and I saw him training really hard in the off season with the videos he put up on Instagram. He’s always a tough opponent for me and we always have tough matches that can go to five, so to win in three is huge for me today and it will give me a push into the next round.
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-0: 11-5, 16-14, 11-7 (59m)