Scotland’s Greg Lobban is through to the last 16 of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic after comfortably defeating Egypt’s Mazen Hesham in the first round at East Wintergarden.
The Scot seemed in complete control throughout the contest, as he restricted Hesham to 13 points across the two games played, as he won in just 25 minutes.
Hesham pulled out of his third round clash at the Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family in Chicago last week, and he was clearly not fully fit here, but Lobban pushed on to secure victory, booking his place against Karim Abdel Gawad on Tuesday.
“I didn’t know which Mazen was going to turn up. I knew he was not 100%, but for me, even Mazen at 50 or 60% is a good win. You never know when he is going to roll out some winners, but I wish him a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back to full fitness!” Lobban said.
“To have someone like Nick [Matthew] in my corner is great. We have worked a lot technically because I am not the best there. I changed my grip 18 months ago, but it is ever changing, there are things every day that change, but there is no better man to learn off.
“Brilliant season. We [along with wife, Donna] have been at the last few events together and I have learnt a bit off her, including fighting spirit. She has won a lot of games from tough positions, and last week I was 10-5 down in the fourth against Max and it helped me to come through to win.”
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Mazen Hesham (EGY) 2-0: 11-6, 11-7 (25m)