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Mohamed Abouelghar gestures after winning his first round clash

CIB Black Ball Open RD1: Abouelghar Through In Three

Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar is into the second round of the CIB Black Ball Squash Open on home soil after defeating Frenchman Lucas Serme in straight games on the opening day of the tournament.

It is an important tournament for the Egyptian, as he had won just a single match this calendar year, having faced early exits at five of the six tournaments he had played in. His only win had come in the first round of the Manchester Open in September.

However, he was able to right that in this one, taking it in straight games, with some confident line hitting throughout the contest, putting the free-flowing Serme slightly off his movement.

Abouelghar had to save three game balls in the first, winning the final five points of the opening salvo to take it 12-10, and then had to deal with a comeback from the Frenchman in the third, with Serme saving two match balls. However, the World No.12 sealed the victory in three, booking his place in the last 16.

“The third game was crucial and I thought more on his favourite side, the backhand, I wouldn’t have the advantage. I switched to the forehand and hit some good winners so I just went for it,” Abouelghar said.

“That last rally was crucial. I felt like he was getting a bit of momentum and confidence. I thought that going into a fourth game would be tricky so I knew the importance of it and I was very happy to get it finished there.”

[8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-0: 12-10, 11-8, 12-10 (50m)

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