Egypt’s World No.14 Mazen Hesham defeated India’s World No.13 Saurav Ghosal 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 to confirm his place in the quarter finals of the CIB Egyptian Open.
The talented shot-maker has enjoyed an impressive week already in Egypt, taking out defending champion Karim Abdel Gawad in the last round before adding Ghosal to his tally in a closely contested match in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Each game proved to be a tight affair with Hesham managing to stay more consistent than his opponent, with Ghosal letting errors affect his game, to close out in just under an hour.
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Hesham will face CIB PSA World Tour Finals winner Marwan ElShorbagy in the quarter finals.
“I’m enjoying myself, playing in front of the Pyramids in Egypt – what else do you need?” said the Egyptian afterwards.
“I far from killed it, it was three tough games. I had to fight in each game and especially for the last few points, the crucial points at 8-8 and stuff like this. I’m really happy to be here, to be playing and enjoying my squash again, moving a little better – I have felt like an 80-year-old for the last few years, so I am living up to my age again.
“I have the best fans here. My mum, dad, cousin, my coach has helped me a lot these last few years and Hossam – the new addition to the team – these guys are amazing. I’m a hard case to deal with, I’m trying to be a better person and a better player and I think it’s all going to plan.”
Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 (56m)