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Greg Lobban celebrates after winning his second round clash

Canary Wharf RD2: Lobban Shocks Gawad To Reach Last Eight

Scotland’s Greg Lobban is through to the quarter-finals of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic after taking out the World No.4 Karim Abdel Gawad, beating him in straight games.

Lobban had never beaten the former World No.1 in six attempts, but this was their first ever clash in the best-of-three format, and it suited the Scotsman, as he came flying out of the gate.

After a good run of points in the middle of the game, the Scot was able take it 11-7, and he then got on a complete roll at the start of the second game, as he scored seven of the first eight points.

Gawad threatened to comeback, as he always seems to do, especially in the best-of-five format, as he pulled it back to 7-8, but Lobban was able to push through, and despite seeing one match ball saved by the Egyptian, he was able to take the second, booking his place in the quarter-finals of a Gold level tournament for the firs time in career.

“Without a doubt [the best result of my career]. Coming into today, it always tough getting into the last 16 of these tournaments because they are such strong events. There are very few players that play the game better than Karim so it is extremely rewarding to win this one!” Lobban explained.

“I had played Karim six times and never got close as that, never got two games off him before. Nick [Matthew] has played him plenty and I think it is good to go back to him to come up with a good gameplan, and I was happy to execute it today.”

Greg Lobban (SCO) bt [4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 2-0: 11-7, 11-9 (36m)

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