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CIB Black Ball Open RD2: Farag Eases into Quarters

Egypt’s World No.1 Ali Farag ensured a safe passage to the quarter finals of the CIB Black Ball Open with an 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 victory over compatriot Omar Mosaad.

The two Egyptians are familiar opponents with their last meeting coming at the CIB Egyptian Open when Farag took the win in a speedy 29-minute battle. However, it was a better performance from Mosaad this time out as he challenged Farag in the opener by taking control of the middle of the court.

One too many errors proved costly, however, as Farag was able to take the first and from that moment on stepped up his level to close out in straight-games.

Farag will face compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar in the quarter finals tomorrow.

“In the second and the third, I think I found my length a lot better than the first,” said the World No.1.

“In the first I got away with my movement a little and cover a lot of ground because he was dominating the ‘T’ a lot more than I was. I was trying to play at a high pace but then it comes at the cost of accuracy, I thought I would rather have accuracy than pace with loose shots in the middle of the court because he’s very good at this.

“I’m very happy with the way I played, I think I played a lot better than the first round and I’m happy with the way I’m improving.”

[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [13] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 (33m)

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