Fares Dessouki recorded just his fourth match win on the PSA World Tour so far in 2016 courtesy of a dogged 3-2 victory over England’s Daryl Selby in El Gouna today.
With just two places separating the pairing on the World Rankings there was little to choose between them before the match and it proved to be the case on court as the duo probed and tested each other in search of weakness throughout a compelling 75 minute battle.
It was Selby, utilising height and variation to unsettle the pace of the match and Dessouki’s attacking threats out of the game, who enjoyed the better of the first game but the Egyptian responded in style during the second and third games to control the court and put Selby on the defensive.
The Englishman managed to re-gain his plan in the fourth, again mixing up his pace and attacks to take Dessouki out of his comfort zone but it proved to all be in vain as, after setting up a decider, he couldn’t capitalise as the young Egyptian sealed what is a big win for him after a long period of disappointing results.
“It was a very hard game mentally today because you cannot stick to a game plan against him,” said Dessouki.
“This victory means a lot to me. I feel that after a few weeks having lost my way, I’m now back on track. I had changed a few things in my game and fitness training, so now I’m back to what I was doing before and I’m enjoying my time on court again.
“I really feel I got my squash back and I hope to do good here because it’s my last tournament of the season.”
Fares Dessouki (EGY) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-2: 8-11, 11-5, 11-3, 5-11, 11-8 (75m)