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Ali Farag

Egyptian Open: Farag Sets Up Final with Gawad After Defeating Coll

World No.1 Ali Farag has set up a final showdown with former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad at the CIB Egyptian Squash Open after he defeated New Zealand’s Paul Coll in straight games.

Coll and Farag last met in a best-of-five format at the 2019 Allam British Open, where played out one of the matches of the season as each player pushed each other to their absolute limit before Farag was able to take it in five. However, today proved to be much more straightforward for the World No.1 as he was dominant from the outset to take out the Kiwi.

Farag never looked in any danger as he took control of the match from the start and punished any errors that came from Coll, particularly in the opening exchanges.

The Egyptian will now face former World Champion Gawad in the final in a repeat of their 2016 Al Ahram clash in front of the Pyramids, which saw the latter take the title.

“I think I played really well,” said Farag. “We had a game plan together, myself, Karim Darwish and Nour [El Tayeb] and my brother as well.

“They reminded me to mix it up because Paul is a very good player when he gets into a rhythm. I tried to disrupt that in a way and I think I did that well. I’m really pleased to be through in three.

“I know a lot of players have already mentioned it numerous times, but I want to thank CIB and the entire institution for supporting us all the way through. It’s something we are really grateful for and thanks to Amr Mansi and I-Events for bringing this back. You see so many pictures of this venue and you can never get bored of it.”

[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [5] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (36m)

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