It was tough, but Egypt’s World No.11 Mohamed Abouelghar got the better of England’s George Parker in the final match of the opening day at the Manchester Open.
Both of the first two games could have gone either way, with neither player able to pull out into a big lead. However, at the crucial moments, it was ‘The Bullet’ who was able to win points when it mattered.
The third game was slightly easier for Abouelghar, as he secured the victory in just over three quarters of an hour. He will now face World No.4, and current World Champion, Tarek Momen in the last 16.
“It has been a hard time for all of us. I had no expectations coming here. This is not usual and they are very different circumstance but I am very happy with how I played through the match,” Abouelghar said.
“I worked a lot on my mental aspects during lockdown, and I am happy to come through. I came here just wanting to play and enjoy myself. To start with a performance like that is a huge positive.
“I am not well known for my patience, so I was working on that a lot. Shot selection, I am trying to be more conservative and to not go for fancy shots when the pressure is on. Sometimes I still go for it, and I might lose it, but it is still part of my game.”
 Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt George Parker (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (46m)