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Mazen Hesham

CIB Egyptian Open RD3: Hesham Continues Run

Egypt’s World No.14 Mazen Hesham defeated India’s World No.13 Saurav Ghosal 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 to confirm his place in the quarter finals of the CIB Egyptian Open.

The talented shot-maker has enjoyed an impressive week already in Egypt, taking out defending champion Karim Abdel Gawad in the last round before adding Ghosal to his tally in a closely contested match in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Each game proved to be a tight affair with Hesham managing to stay more consistent than his opponent, with Ghosal letting errors affect his game, to close out in just under an hour.

Hesham will face CIB PSA World Tour Finals winner Marwan ElShorbagy in the quarter finals.

“I’m enjoying myself, playing in front of the Pyramids in Egypt – what else do you need?” said the Egyptian afterwards.

“I far from killed it, it was three tough games. I had to fight in each game and especially for the last few points, the crucial points at 8-8 and stuff like this. I’m really happy to be here, to be playing and enjoying my squash again, moving a little better – I have felt like an 80-year-old for the last few years, so I am living up to my age again.

“I have the best fans here. My mum, dad, cousin, my coach has helped me a lot these last few years and Hossam – the new addition to the team – these guys are amazing. I’m a hard case to deal with, I’m trying to be a better person and a better player and I think it’s all going to plan.”

Result:
Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 (56m)

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