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Gawad and Dessouky reach El Gouna International last eight

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Egyptian squash players Karim Abdel-Gawad and Fares Dessouky both qualified on Monday to the quarter-final of El Gouna International Squash Open.

On day four of El Gouna International, Abdel-Gawad and Dessouky managed to reach the quarter-finals after they defeated Spain’s Borja Golan and Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly.

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“I didn’t play my best in the last couple of tournaments, so mentally I really needed to focus in this tournament,” Abdel-Gawad said after his match as he previously lost to Golan in their last clash in February’s Windy City Open. The 25-year-old qualified after a 9-11, 11-1, 11-8, 11-5 victory in 61 minutes.

“I suffer playing my attacking game against him because he has very good counter-drops at the front of the court. Mentally, I just wanted to have a good start today, I wanted to win today and I wanted to keep the performance that I’ve had since August. I’m really glad to get through to the quarters here, especially in Egypt,” he added.

Abdel-Gawad will be facing German number one, Simon Rösner, who reach the last eight after easily defeating Abdel-Gawad’s fellow Egyptian Karim Ali Fathi 3-0.

On the same day, Dessouky, who shockingly defeated three-time World Champion Nick Matthew in round one eliminated Australian number one and world number 14 Ryan Cuskelly 3-0.

“I didn’t start well today then from 9-7 at the end, I started playing well and I won the first game 11-9. In the second, I played really well, I was focused, then I lost concentration again in the third,” he said. “I went off court and said to myself that I had to give it everything, I had to win the game. He wasn’t going to give me any cheap points to grab the win.”

Dessouky’s next battle will be against two-time World Junior Champion Diego Elias.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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