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Dessouky and Abouelghar Set Up CCI International Final Showdown


Egyptian duo Fares Dessouky and Mohamed Abouelghar, seeds one and two, respectively, will face off in the final of the 2016 CCI International JSW ISC tournament in Mumbai as both players look to win their maiden PSA M50 titles.

Dessouky, the World No.18, booked his final berth after coming through in straight games against England’s Chris Simpson. After a tentative start to the match, both players soon found their range, with Simpson holding a game ball at 12-11 up in the opener, only to see a tenacious Dessouky rattle of three straight winners to go ahead.

The 22-year-old doubled his lead after dominating in the second game, before closing out the third to wrap up a 14-12, 11-5, 11-7 victory and move to within one win of a second career PSA World Tour title.

“It was a tough match, Chris was really good,” said Dessouky.

“I am sure we are going to have many upcoming battles in the future. I really enjoyed playing with him today, it was a nice game.”

Abouelghar overcame Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller in his semi-final fixture, with Mueller looking to follow up a surprise victory over Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal in the previous round.

The 80-minute battle with Ghosal looked to have had an effect on Mueller as Abouelghar started the stronger of the two and it was the Egyptian who held out to take it 11-7, 11-6, 11-9.

“I wasn’t very comfortable today because Niki is a consistent player, and if I give him any openings, he will go for it and strike,” Abouelghar said.

“I had to make sure that I was sharp as much as I could.”

Dessouky and Abouelghar are set to meet for the fourth time on the PSA World Tour, with Dessouky winning their last two fixtures.

Results – Semi-Finals: 2016 CCI International JSW ISC
[1] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt [3] Chris Simpson (ENG) 3-0: 14-12, 11-5, 11-7 (45m)
[2] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt [5] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (34m)

Draw – Final
[1] Fares Dessouky (EGY) v [2] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)

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