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Ali Farag (fore) and Fares Dessouky in action at East Wintergarden

Canary Wharf QFs: Farag Through After Dessouky Retired

World No.2 Ali Farag is through to the last four of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic after compatriot Fares Dessouky was forced to retire through injury in their quarter-final clash at East Wintergarden.

The final match of the night carried on in the same vain as the three before it, with a high-pace, and both men started strongly. The World No.2 took the first on a tie-break, but Dessouky came roaring back.

The World No.12 was able to find his range in the second, and play some incredible shots, as he tied the match at one game apiece, however, the third would not last long.

In the early stages of the third game, Dessouky started to hobble in between points, and he eventually went down with Farag leading 5-2. He had to retire from the match, putting Farag into the semi-finals of the PSA Gold event.

“I am sorry for Fares. He had an ACL injury a couple of years back and the way he has come back onto the Tour, it shows how strong of a character he is,” Farag said.

“I hope this is nothing remotely as serious as the ACL, and hopefully he can heal soon because he is a great addition to the Tour. In the first game I tried to match him toe-to-toe in the front corners, but he is a lot more skilful than I am. I had to be disciplined and to force errors from his racket, and that is sometimes the plan against more skilful players.

“I did not use the front two corners in the second game, but in the third I think I was starting to find my balance a bit better. I heard him say that nothing popped which is a good sign. I hope he recovers very quickly.

[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Fares Dessouky (EGY) 2-1: 12-10, 9-11, 5-2 rtd (51m)

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