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El Gouna Update: Dessouki Halts Gawad In El Gouna Heat

After returning to winning ways on the PSA World Tour with a first round defeat of Daryl Selby, Egypt’s Fares Dessouki backed up with a second consecutive win and impressive performance against Karim Abdel Gawad to move into the quarter-finals of the El Gouna International.

After bursting on to the scene to stake his claim as a genuine top ten candidate two year ago Dessouki has suffered a slump in form over the past 12 months but returned to form in style in his home country this week, with a 3-0 victory over World No.8 Gawad highlighting his improved performances as he controlled the traditional plater court on the Red Sea.

“I’m not that experienced on the glass court, I move better on a traditional court, I control the ball better, I can see the ball better,” said Dessouki.

“I prepared a lot for this match, both mentally and physically. When I came back from the British Open I was struggling with my fitness and felt down mentally – so I worked on a couple of things, and made sure I was more solid physically. When you are stronger physically, you are stronger mentally.

“I went back to the things I was doing a few months ago, and everything went back to place.”

After the match Gawad said: “I really want to wish Fares good luck for the rest of the tournament, he is a good friend of mine, and I hope he does well here.”

Fares Dessouki (EGY) bt [6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (43m)

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