There was the typical slow start for Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad, but he fought back from a game down to defeat Germany’s Simon Rösner in four, setting up an all-Egyptian clash in the last four in Manchester.
Gawad only took two of the first ten points of his clash with the big German, as the World No.8 took control early on. He won the first 11-6, before the Egyptian started his comeback, with a quick start to the second game.
The ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ wrestled the momentum back in that second game, and he carried it for the rest of the tie. He won both the third and fourth quite comfortably, showing his remarkable touch and ability to win out. He will face Marwan ElShorbagy in the last four on Monday evening.
“I hate it [starting slowly]. The thing is, I am getting older so I won’t be able to handle it. I am really disappointed with the first game,” Gawad admitted.
“It was all about the mental side. I just warmed up really well and then went on court very passive. It is all about mental, especially playing someone like Simon, you can not give a point, never mind a whole game. I am happy to get through in the next three after the slow start.
“Everyone is fit out there. Everyone has the experience of playing a tough match and then playing the next day. I had a tough first round, and today, I won in four but it was still a tough match. I am now looking forward to tomorrow’s match.”
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt  Simon Rösner (GER) 3-1: 6-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 (48m)