2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad got his title assault under way at the 2019-20 edition of the biggest tournament on the men’s tour with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Frenchman Auguste Dussourd at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex.
Gawad comes into the event off the back of a stunning title win in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza last week at the CIB Egyptian Squash Open, and he is returning to the scene of his first PSA Platinum title this week in Doha, which he won just two weeks after his World Championship triumph over Ramy Ashour.
His red-hot form in Cairo means that Gawad is one of the favourites to take the iconic title this week in Qatar and he made no mistake in despatching World No.63 Dussourd by an
11-4, 11-8, 13-11 margin.
Dussourd, who qualified for the event after winning the Aspin Cup, showed some nice touches, but didn’t have the consistency to stick with Gawad over the course of the 28-minute match, and the Egyptian progresses to take on Mexico’s Cesar Salazar for a spot in the third round.
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“I'm really happy with my performance today, it's hard to play someone who you haven't played before,” said World No.4 Gawad afterwards.
“I just focused on performing my best from the beginning. I'm happy to win in three.
“We [Gawad and Salazar] have played a few times before, he's one of the fittest players on court. We're really good friends and playing him tomorrow will be a tough match. I'm just trying to focus on my recovery today and will then focus on the match tomorrow.
“Winning a major tournament gives you extra confidence, especially when you're playing well, and I played really well back home in Cairo. Now a week after we are playing a World Championship here in Qatar and that gives me more confidence. I'm focusing on my performance, how I'm playing and how I can can enjoy my squash and play better on court.
“Hopefully I can do something special here.”
"Hopefully I can do something special here."
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 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [L] Auguste Dussourd (FRA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 13-11 (28m)