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CIB Black Ball Open RD2: Dessouky Takes Out Defending Champion Gawad

Egypt’s World No.11 Fares Dessouky took out defending CIB Black Ball Open champion Karim Abdel Gawad by an 11-6, 9-11, 3-11, 11-2, 11-3 scoreline to reach the quarter finals.

Gawad lifted the title back in 2018 when the men’s Platinum event was held, but there will be a new name on the trophy this year after Dessouky saw off the World No.5 in five-games.

Dessouky displayed some of his best squash as he showed explosive movement around the court, particularly in the front corners and really asked questions of the former World No.1.

Despite losing the first game, Gawad came back well in the second, closing out a close game to draw level before a quickfire third saw him take the lead in the match.

But from then on, Gawad seemed to struggle with his movement and Dessouky made sure he punished his compatriot with his accurate hitting closing out the next two games in rapid fashion to claim the victory.

He will face Peru’s Diego Elias for a place in the semi-finals.

“I’m very happy to be through to the quarters,” Dessouky told SquashTV afterwards.

“It was a tough match, mentally and physically – he’s a very tough and talented player as everyone knows. I’m happy to be through and for the next match Diego and I usually have tough matches, the last time he won. Hopefully this time I play my best and win.

“Both of us are very skilful players, we’re playing good squash and squash to watch. We are not just running around and it’s not just about fitness. Today, we gave the crowd a good match and for sure they enjoyed the level of squash they saw.”

[9] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt [3] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-2: 11-6, 9-11, 3-11, 11-2, 11-3 (52m)

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