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Greg Lobban shocked Karim Abdel Gawad to win in straight games

Canary Wharf Round-Up: Lobban Shocks Gawad To Reach Quarter-Finals

Scotland’s World No.27 Greg Lobban shocked the packed crowd at East Wintergarden as he got the better of Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad to reach the quarter-finals of the PSA Gold event for the first time in his career.

The Scot had never beaten the former World No.1 and World Champion in six previous matches, and was yet to take two games off the World No.4, but this was their first meeting in the best-of-three format, and it suited Lobban.

He came flying out of the gate and after a good run of points in the middle of the game, the Scot was able take it 11-7, and he then got on a great roll at the start of the second game, as he scored seven of the first eight points to take a commanding lead.

Gawad threatened to comeback, as he has the tendency to do, especially in the best-of-five format, as he pulled it back to 7-8, but Lobban was able to push through. Despite seeing one match ball saved by the Egyptian, he was able to take the second, booking his place in the quarter-finals of a Gold level tournament for the first time in career.

“Without a doubt [the best result of my career]. Coming into today, it always tough getting into the last 16 of these tournaments because they are such strong events. There are very few players that play the game better than Karim so it is extremely rewarding to win this one!” Lobban explained.


“I had played Karim six times and never got close as that, never got two games off him before. Nick [Matthew] has played him plenty and I think it is good to go back to him to come up with a good gameplan, and I was happy to execute it today.”

Lobban will face Egypt’s World No.8 Marwan ElShorbagy in the quarter-finals of the event, after ‘the Jackal’ made it through to the last eight after Omar Mosaad had to retire from their second round clash through injury.

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The World No.8 started terribly, as Mosaad roared through to take the first game, restricting his compatriot to just a couple of points in the opening salvo. The ‘Hammer of Thor’ then had a solid start in the second, only for ElShorbagy to bounce back in the middle part of the game. A run of six straight points gave ‘the Jackal’ control as he sent the match into a decider.

‘The Jackal’ held a 4-2 lead in the third when he caught Mosaad with the ball, with the Egyptian requiring treatment on his leg. Just three points later, Mosaad went down after accidentally standing on ElShorbagy’s foot. The turn of the ankle caused the gentle giant too much pain to continue, with the tournament’s No.7 seed moving through to the last eight.

“I just hope it is nothing too serious. We are in the middle of the season and I just hope that he recovers from it as fast as he can. Hopefully it is not serious, it is not the way I wanted to win. I just hope he is okay,” ElShorbagy said.

“To be honest, I didn’t understand what was happening but when I saw it on the reply I could see that it did not look good. We have a physio in Derek [Ryan] here, and I know Omar is in good hands.”

The other two matches of the evening saw Egypt’s World No.2 Ali Farag and World No.12 Fares Dessouky set up a quarter-final clash, after they got the better of England’s Declan James and Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar, respectively.

St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic: Second Round (Bottom Half) Results
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt [4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 2-0: 11-7, 11-9 (36m)
[7] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 2-1: 2-11, 11-6, 6-3 rtd (63m)
Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt [8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 2-1: 8-11, 11-7, 11-5 (42m)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Declan James (ENG) 2-0: 11-6, 11-3 (27m)

St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic: Quarter-Final Draw – To be played Wednesday 11th March
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[6] Diego Elias (PER) v [3] Tarek Momen (EGY)
Greg Lobban (SCO) v [7] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
Fares Dessouky (EGY) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY)

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