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Egypt's Mostafa Asal celebrates in Grand Central Terminal

Tournament of Champions RD2: Asal Upsets Abouelghar

Egypt’s World No.21 Mostafa Asal stunned compatriot and World No.9 Mohamed Abouelghar inside Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall as he reached the last 16 of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.

18-year-old Asal could have been playing in the British Junior Open this week, but instead chose to come to New York for more experience at senior level on the PSA World Tour and the decision proved to be the right one as he put on a stunning performance to down Abouelghar in four games.

26-year-old Abouelghar got off to the better start as he was on song in the first to comfortably take a one game lead. However, it was not long before Asal was flowing with confidence as he continued to slam the ball into the nick with some stunning shots to prove that he was a contender against the world’s best players.

With the crowd firmly on his side, the Egyptian World Junior Champion did not let his rhythm fade as he maintained his focus until the end to take a 4-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 victory and set up a third round tie with either former World No.1 Gregory Gaultier or compatriot Omar Mosaad.

“I want to thank the crowd, it was really amazing today,” said Asal afterwards.

“It’s really tough to beat Abou, I didn’t expect that from the start. I’m happy that I made it, this is a dream court and I love to play here. I’m looking forward to my next match.

“The last two months I have hit a lot of nicks in my practice. I can’t believe that I won today and I want to thank everyone who supported me today.”

Result:
Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-1: 4-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (48m)

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