World No. 3 Gawad is a specialist in Egypt and has won two titles in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza, where the Glass Square Games will take place from tomorrow.
But the number 2 was absent from the races at the New Giza Sporting Club today and couldn’t stop Hesham from scooping a big win as he grappled with the effects of plantar fasciitis that flared up during his run up to the final of last Weeks CIB PSA World Tour Finale.
Hesham was clinical and made few mistakes. His win was the first time since April 2016 that Gawad failed to make it through the second round of a PSA World Tour Event on home soil.
After that tournament, Hesham will do military service until the end of 2021, which means he is currently unable to play squash outside of his native Egypt. The 26-year-old, stripped of his signature hairstyle, says he is making the most of the event and refusing to put pressure on himself.
“After this tournament I’m going to join the army, so I won’t be going outside of Egypt for a while,” Hesham explained.
“I might as well not put any pressure on myself and relax, tomorrow is a different day and a different game, it’s such a strange time too. I work hard, I am injury-free, fit and take it match after match.
“Being in the last 16 is not that important to me, but what is important to me is being able to play with someone as well as Karim. After he lost the first game, we know he’s not the best in the beginning. I kept wondering when he was going to wake up and I was in a bit of a rush on the third and he came back very strong. ”
Hesham is joined by 19-year-old compatriot Mostafa Asal, who achieved one of the greatest successes of his ambitious career when he defeated German world champion Simon Rösner.
Asal appeared in his first tournament since the restart of the PSA World tour after six months COVID-19 forced suspension and his talents in shooting were in full swing as he overtook his opponent to reserve his spot in the last 16.
“Simon is such a dangerous player, so talented and when I saw the draw I found it difficult,” said Asal.
England’s former number 1 in the world, James Willstrop, ensured that a trio of the top 10 players missed a place in the next round when the 37-year-old made the world no. 9 Joel Makin defeated. Gregory Gaultier made his PSA The World Tour returns with a victory over Borja Golan, while top seed Ali Farag dispatched the 2015 World Cup runner-up, Omar Mosaad.
There was a lot to celebrate for the Gilis sisters at the women’s draw as Nele and Tinne defeated US number 1 Amanda Sobhy and Welsh world number 9 Tesni Evans.
For Nele, it was her first win against a top 10 player when she beat World No.7 Sobhy 8-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10, knocking over two match points. Gilis will battle Canada’s Hollie Naughton for a place in the quarterfinals.
“He’s still a big part of my life and he would have wanted me to enjoy my life. It was like putting a mirror in front of my face and asking, “So why are you stressed? You are living your dream so start enjoying it. ”
Tinne followed her older sister’s lead when she put on a flawless performance to beat Evans in even games. In the 11: 9, 11: 5, 11: 8 victory of the 22-year-olds, she will face the form-strong Hania El Hammamy in the last 16, with El Hammamy after winning the title at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals last week.
“I went there with nothing to lose and no pressure on myself,” said Tinne.
18 year old Egyptian Farida Mohamed continued her Black Ball Open scalp from World No. 8 Joelle King with a 3-0 breakdown from World No. 5 Sarah-Jane Perry. World No. 38 reward is a third round clash with Indian Joshna Chinappa.
Nouran Gohar, world champion Nour El Sherbini and Nour El Tayeb, runner-up in the world tournament, also started their tournaments with wins.
Round three of the CIB The Egyptian Open starts tomorrow (October 12th). The subsidiary lawsuit at the New Giza Sporting Club will continue from 12:45 p.m. (mean Greenwich Mean Time+2), while from 6:00 p.m. four games will be played on the Glass Square in front of the famous Great Pyramid of Giza. The action will be broadcast live SQUASHTV and the official Facebook page of PSA World Travel.
Results – Men’s Second Round: 2020 CIB Egyptian Open
 Ali Farag (ONEbt Omar MosaadONE3-0: 11-1, 11-3, 11-7 (29 m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt [WC] Karim El Hammamy (ONE3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (31 m)
Gregory Gaultier (FROM) v. Borja GolanESP) 3-1: 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10 (61 m)
 Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bt Lucas Serme (FROM) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-2 (42 m)
Mostafa Asal (ONE) bt  Simon Rösner (GER) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 12-10 (56 m)
James Willstrop (ENG) bt Joel Makin (WAL3-2: 9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 5-11, 11-6 (73 m)
Youssef Ibrahim (ONE) bt Declan James (ENG3-2: 11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6 (67 m)
 Paul Coll (NZL) bt George Parker (ENG3-1: 11-4, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 (58 m)
 Tarek Momen (ONE) bt Tarife Dessouky (ONE) 3-1: 11-7, 6-11, 14-12, 11-6 (69 m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX(v. Youssef Soliman)ONE3-1: 5-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-3 (63 m)
Gregoire Marche (FROM) bt Zahed Salem (ONE3-2: 16-14, 6-11, 13-11, 8-11, 11-4 (90 m)
 Diego Elias (PRO) bt Todd Harrity (United States of America) 3-1: 11-9, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7 (55 m)
 Marwan ElShorbagy (ONE) v Victor Crouin (FROM3-1: 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 (52 m)
Nathan Lake (ENG) bt Arturo Salazar (MEX3-1: 9-11, 11-0, 11-0, 11-1 (36 m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Tom Richards (ENG3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-1 (31 m)
Mazen Hesham (ONE) bt  Karim Abdel Gawad (ONE) 3-1: 11-1, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6 (47 m)
Tie – Men’s Third Round (Upper Half): Will be played on October 12th
 Ali Farag (ONE) against Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
Gregory Gaultier (FROM) v  Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
Mostafa Asal (ONE) v James Willstrop (ENG)
Youssef Ibrahim (ONE) v  Paul Coll (NZL)
Tie – Men’s Third Round (Lower Half): Will be played on October 13th
 Tarek Momen (ONE) gegen Cesar Salazar (MEX)
Gregoire Marche (FROM) v  Diego Elias (PRO)
 Marwan ElShorbagy (ONE) versus Nathan Lake (ENG)
Saurav Ghosal (IND(v Mazen Hesham)ONE)
Results – Women’s Second Round: 2020 CIB Egyptian Open
 Nouran Gohar (ONE) bt Zeina Mickawy (ONE) 3-1: 4-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-7 (42 m)
Rowan Elaraby (ONE) bt Haley Mendez (United States of America) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-9 (24 m)
Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt Lucy Turmel (ENG3-2: 12-10, 12-14, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7 (67 m)
Nele Gilis (BEL) bt  Amanda Sobhy (United States of America) 3-2: 8-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10 (64 m)
 Hania El Hammamy (ONE) bt Mariam Metwally (ONE) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (24 m)
Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt Tesni Evans (WAL3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 (30 m)
Sabrina Sobhy (United States of America) bt Olivia Clyne (United States of America3-0: 11-5, 11-9, 15-13 (36 m)
 Camille Serme (FROM) bt Mayar Hany (ONE3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-1 (30 m)
 Nour El Tayeb (ONE) bt Melissa Alves (FROM3-0: 11-3, 11-9, 11-4 (28 m)
Nadine Shahin (ONE(v. Yathreb Adel)ONE3-1: 11-2, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9 (33 m)
Salma Hany (ONE) v. Olivia Fiechter (COM)United States of America3-0: 12-10, 11-5, 11-7 (35 m)
 Joelle King (NZL) bt Alison Waters (ENG) 3-1: 6-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 (48 m)
Farida Mohamed (ONE) bt  Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 12-10 (36 m)
Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Lisa Aitken (SCO3-1: 7-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-6 (38 m)
Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v. Millie Tomlinson (ENG3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (31 m)
 Nour El Sherbini (ONE) bt Donna Lobban (OUT) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (25 m)
Tie – Women’s Third Round (Upper Half): Will be played on October 12th
 Nouran Gohar (ONE) against Rowan Elaraby (ONE)
Hollie Naughton (CAN) against Nele Gilis (BEL)
 Hania El Hammamy (ONE) against Tinne Gilis (BEL)
Sabrina Sobhy (United States of America) v  Camille Serme (FROM)
Tie – Women’s Third Round (Lower Half): Will be played on October 13th
 Nour El Tayeb (ONENadine ShahinONE)
Salma Hany (ONE) v  Joelle King (NZL)
Farida Mohamed (ONE) in Joshna Chinappa (IND)
Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v  Nour El Sherbini (ONE)
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