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Mohamed Abouelghar

Channel VAS RD2: Abouelghar Reaches Quarters

Egypt’s World No.8 Mohamed Abouelghar secured a quarter final berth at the Channel VAS Championships at St. George’s Hill after defeating England’s World No.22 Declan James in straight-games in Weybridge, England.

The last time the two players met, James recorded a surprise victory over the Egyptian at the DPD Open earlier this year. However, he came up against a much more consistent Abouelghar today who was in strong form to power past the tall Englishman at the PSA World Tour Gold event.

Abouelghar only recently made his return to the tour following a shoulder injury but has endured a disjointed run of form, however, the 26-year-old ensured he was back to his best as he produced a consistent display in the first match of the day to take a 2-0 lead.

James fought back well in the third to create some scoreboard pressure, but ultimately it was Abouelghar’s accuracy and consistency that proved the difference in the end.

“I’ve always had tough matches against Dec, he’s such a great player,” said the Egyptian afterwards.

“I knew how crucial the third game was and I’m very happy to close this one out. At 7-3, I think he just went for it and gave it a big push. At 7-7, I realised how dangerous this could be, so I made sure I contained him a bit better and I was lucky as he gave me a couple of cheap points.

“I started working with Wael [Elhindi] last season and it has started paying off big time. With him I work on the mental side of my squash and I’ve got to accept that you cannot be 10 out of 10 all the time, and that it’s ok sometimes to accept that you are not playing your best.

“I’m so stubborn sometimes I keep going for it, when it’s just not working, so I am learning to just let go and go back to basics. I’m happy with the relationship and hopefully we can keep on going.”

[5] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt Declan James (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (44m)

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