Ali Farag ends Gaultier’s 27-match unbeaten run in PSA Dubai
World No.5 Ali Farag managed to end World No.1 Gregory Gaultier’s exceptional 27-match unbeaten run in the PSA Dubai World Series Finals opening day.
This is only the second defeat for the French man and defending champion in 2017. He was also victories before over Farag in the finals of the Grasshopper Cup and Bellevue Classic, however, Farag dominated the game and won 2-0: 11-5, 11-7 in 28 minutes.
“The last two times I didn’t even take one game, so to win today in two games was surprising to even myself,” said the Egyptian player. “It’s my first World Series Finals, I’m playing best of three for the first time in my life and I didn’t know what to expect. To get off to a good start is crucial and it gave me a lot of confidence.”
Farag next game will be against fellow Egyptian and World No.3 Mohamed El-Shorbagy in Group B.
Also, World Champion Karim Abdel-Gawad fell to Simon Rösner in the opening of the World Series Finals. Rösner claimed victory over Abdel-Gawad, who recently dropped to number 2 in PSA World Rankings, in 48 minutes.
“Even though I was down a few times, I didn’t let it go, I just tried to hang in there and made it as tough as I could for him. I think that the key was the aggressive game plan, but I also kept the error count really low,” said the German player.
On the women’s side, World No.1 Nour El Sherbini was also defeated in the opening by World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry even though she took the opener. Perry managed to return to the game and claimed her first win over El Sherbini ever. The 21-year-old Egyptian will have to win her next encounter with Malaysia’s Nicol David.
Also, World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar defeated World No.2 Raneem El Welily 2-1: 13-11, 3-11, 11-3 in 35 minutes.
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