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Ali Farag

U.S. Open RD3: World No.1 Farag Dominates Waller

Egypt’s World No.1 Ali Farag despatched England’s Adrian Waller in straight games as he continues his strong start to the 2019 FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships.

Farag started strongly to take the first game for a loss of just three points, before Englishman Waller came back strongly in the second to pose more of a threat to the Egyptian, however, it was Farag who was eventually able to double his lead.

Waller continued to try and frustrate the rhythm of Farag in the third but it was not enough to stop the World No.1 from closing out a comprehensive 11-3, 11-9, 11-8 victory in 34 minutes.

Farag will take on Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez in the next round after he defeated Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly earlier in the day.

“I feel good,” said World No.1 Farag afterwards.

“I played well against a really tough opponent. I don’t know what it is about the lefties but they all hit the ball so cleanly, especially with Adrian as well, he holds it before he hits it so he keeps you unsettled on the ‘T’ and I can’t take it as early as I would like.

“The first I was able to impose that, but he changed that in the second and the third. I’m really happy and feeling sharp and looking forward to progressing through to the quarter finals.

“Everyone is playing really well and everyone is really sharp and wants to do well this season. The season is still young but I hope I can achieve as much as last season and give it my all.”

[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-9, 11-8 (34m)

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