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Mazen Hesham (left) against Diego Elias (right)

Channel VAS RD2: Hesham Stuns Elias to Reach Quarters

Egypt’s World No.19 Mazen Hesham claimed a big upset in round two of the Channel VAS Championships at St. George’s Hill after he took out Peru’s World No.7 Diego Elias in four games.

Hesham was in dazzling form at his first appearance at the English event to take the first game with both players producing some spellbinding moments of squash on court, with the Egyptian’s natural flair, in particular, coming to the fore.

Elias dug in in the second game to level the scores and take advantage of a fatigued Hesham, who received treatment after the opener. However, the tables soon turned around on the Peruvian as he was the one who looked to be struggling on his feet in the third and could not cope with the tempo that was being set by Hesham.

The Egyptian continued to utilise that to his advantage to change up his angles and took the ball in earlier to leave Elias looking increasingly uncomfortable on court to claim an 11-6, 5-11, 11-8, 11-6 victory in 52 minutes.

Hesham will face compatriot and World No.8 Mohamed Abouelghar on Friday November 22 for a place in the semi-finals.

“My movement is much better now, and my forehand shots are getting back in as well,” said 25-year-old Hesham afterwards.

“I need to thank Gary Nisbett for his support as I have been working with him for more than a year now, and I feel great, I don’t want to jinx it but I am injury free, and very happy on court.

“Because I play more and more matches, I am able to control my emotions better and when I’m about to close a match, I used to play so many errors because I was getting so excited. But now I’m able to control and finish my matches, playing the important points better.

“I think my deception came from me trying a few things when I was younger.

“I used to have a funny swing in the forehand and then switched to a little bit of a compact swing and then I started to be more creative. I don’t like to play boring squash, I like to be entertaining and I like people to like me and enjoy my game. If I play one tournament playing like this then I’m happy.”

Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt [4] Diego Elias (PER) 3-1: 11-6, 5-11, 11-8, 11-6 (52m)

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