Egypt’s World No.12 Mohamed Abouelghar secured a quarter final berth at the CIB Black Ball Open with an 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 victory over France’s Gregoire Marche.
Abouelghar has struggled with a disappointing 2020 by his usual high standards, claiming just one victory at the Manchester Open prior to this tournament. However, the Egyptian looked back to his best with a performance of master shot-making against Marche to advance.
The 27-year-old was firing on all cylinders in all three games, with Marche unable to make any inroads in the match as Abouelghar took full control to see out the victory in 32 minutes.
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He will face either Ali Farag or Omar Mosaad in the quarter finals.
“Coming into this tournament I had no expectations,” said Abouelghar.
“I came here with only one win in 2020, so it hasn’t been the best of years for me. I just wanted to play my best squash, enjoy myself and just let it be whatever the result. If it’s a win, it’s a bonus, if it’s a loss then I learn from it. I guess this played a role in how I played tonight.
“The good thing is that I’m playing better than the previous match. I’m improving and I think tomorrow I will have a chance to play better as well. I’ll just take it one step at a time and I’ll see what happens.
“Playing here in front of my family and friends, it gives me an extra boost and maybe I didn’t have that when I played before. I’m happy with how I’m playing and it helps me a lot.”
 Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt  Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (32m)