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SQUASH: Egypt dominate first round of Squash World Championship
The Egyptians started their domination in the early matches of the first round as Fares Dessouki beat Pakistani Nasir Iqbal 3-0 in 27 minutes – with Omar Abd El Meguid beating Finnish Olli Tuominen 3-0 in 29 minutes.
Young Pharaohs Ali Farag and Karim Ali proved themselves once again as the former defeated Kristian Frost (Denmark) in 34 minutes, and – in one of the tournament’s surprises – the latter beat world No. 11, Englishman Peter Barker 3-1 in 53 minutes.
The Shorbagy brothers won their matches respectively but it wasn’t easy for Marwan, as he overcame Hong Kong’s Leo Au 3-0 in a game that lasted 69 minutes; Mohamed El Shorbagy on the other hand beat Mexican Alfredo Avila 3-0 in 31 minutes.
The two all Egyptian matches of the tournament ended in the higher ranked players’ favour, as World No. 10 Karim Abd El Gawad defeated compatriot Andrew Wagih 3-0 in 35 minutes.
After coming back from an injury that made him forfeit against Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet In the 2015 US Open, defending champion Ramy Ashour, world ranked No. 4, breezed through Mazen Hesham, defeating him 3-0 in 26 minutes.
World No. 8 Tarek Mo’men went through after a thrilling 5-game rally that ended with him on top after defeating Englishman Joe Lee 3-2 in a match that lasted 87 minutes. US Open runner up Omar Mossad beat Pakistani Farhan Zaman 3-1 in 42 minutes.
Two other Egyptian youngsters – Karim El Hammamy and Mohamed Abo El Ghar – went through to the second round after Abo El Ghar defeated Canadian Shawn Delierre 3-0 in 36 minutes and Hammamy overcoming the tough Declan James (England) 3-2 in 108 minutes, the longest match of the round.
The second round of the prestigous competition will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday; Mohamed El Shorbagy against Englishman Tom Richards, Ali Farag versus Hong Kong’s Max Lee, Karim Ali up against Fares Dessouki, and Omar Abd El Meguid against Frenchman Gregory Gaultier.
On Wednesday, Ramy Ashour will face Mohamed Abo El Ghar, Karim Abd El Gawad versus Mexican Cesar Salazar, Omar Mossad will square off against Malaysian Nafizwan Adnan, Tarek Mo’men will face Peruvian Diego Elias, Marwan El Shorbagy against Englishman Daryl Selby, and Karim El Hammamy against Nick Matthew.