Egypt’s World No.15 Mazen Hesham secured his place in the last 16 of the CIB Black Ball Open with an 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 victory over Scotland’s Alan Clyne.
The talented shot-maker has not played a PSA tournament since the CIB Egyptian Open held in front of the Pyramids due to doing his military service until the end of 2021 which means he can only play tournaments in his home country. But Hesham was comfortable to close out in three despite his lack of preparation.
World No.38 Clyne was unable to captialise on a good start as Hesham found enough winners to convert and from then on he was able to maintain his lead in each game to close out in 40 minutes.
Up next for Hesham will either be World Champion Tarek Momen or USA’s Todd Harrity.
“Even though my body is tired and restricted, I was amazed how good I played today after not playing for a little while,”
“I had my army thing going on, so I couldn’t actually train as much. But to be honest I think I played even better than I thought. It was really good and I enjoyed it.
“I just think about each match at a time, I don’t overlook the draw and think about what will happen next because you never know. You just have to focus on yourself and watch both opponents and see how you can do well against them. I have played Tarek [Momen] a lot and he is tough to beat and he’s playing Todd [Harrity], who is a tough opponent. So, either of them will be tough tomorrow.”
 Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (40m)