Egypt’s Mostafa Asal and New Zealand’s Paul Coll have arrange a mouthwatering second spherical conflict on the males’s CIB Black Ball Squash Open after they got here by means of their first spherical fixtures on the PSA World Tour Gold event earlier right this moment in Cairo, Egypt.
It will likely be a rematch of their dramatic conflict within the quarter-finals of the CIB Egyptian Open in October, the place Asal acquired the higher of Coll in a nail-biting five-game battle in entrance of the Nice Pyramid of Giza to succeed in his maiden PSA Platinum semi-final.
That match was notable for Asal’s wild celebration, which noticed him rip off his shirt in celebration and throw it into the gang. He’ll now look to make it back-to-back wins over Coll after claiming a 3-2 victory over India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar.
It was a scrappy 82-minute affair, which noticed Asal win the bodily battle to finish a 12-10, September 11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-1 win to succeed in the final 16.
“I didn’t anticipate that in any respect,” Asal mentioned afterwards.
“Mahesh shocked me right this moment. I didn’t assume that he would play like that. I wasn’t prepared for that sort of match, a 3-2.
“I’m glad to undergo and possibly I’m fascinated about the following spherical, and hopefully we are able to do good issues right this moment. In the long run, I’m grateful to undergo, and I’m prepared for the following match.”
Coll, in the meantime, booked his second spherical spot after beating Frenchman Victor Crouin 11-5, 11-7, 11-2 in his first look since falling to World No.1 Ali Farag in final month’s Qatar Traditional ultimate.
“I used to be attempting to come back out a bit extra aggressive than I’ve accomplished in the last few tournaments,” Coll mentioned.
“I assumed I used to be a bit passive within the early rounds, so I wished to begin right this moment, attempt to dominate the center and take the ball in brief when it was there and simply play some extra proactive squash. “
Farag, the 2018 Black Ball Open runner-up, was examined by Spain’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu in his match, however ultimately got here again from a sport right down to win 11-13, 11-3, 11-3, 11-7 in 55 minutes.
The Egyptian – who will turn out to be a father in 2021 after spouse and World No.3 Nour El Tayeb introduced her being pregnant on the eve of the ladies’s event final week – was ruthless after dropping the primary sport, whereas Pajares battled on by means of damage and required remedy after the third sport.
“It felt good to win for positive, however at the start, I felt a bit subdued,” Farag mentioned.
“He shocked me along with his techniques, we’ve got by no means performed earlier than and that’s uncommon seeing as I’ve been on the tour six years now.I watched just a few matches together with in opposition to Greg [Gaultier] in Qatar and [Karim Abdel] Gawad on the ToC [Tournament of Champions] and he has by no means performed that sluggish. He held the ball and performed quite a lot of lobs. It wasn’t what I used to be planning so it caught me off-guard.”
In the meantime, Colombia’s World No.10 Miguel Rodriguez required 5 video games to get the win over Egypt’s Youssef Soliman within the longest match of the day at 84 minutes.
Rodriguez will line up in opposition to Egypt’s Zahed Salem within the subsequent spherical, with Salem beating Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller by a 3-1 scoreline.
“All the first rounds are very difficult these days,” mentioned Rodriguez.
“I needed to battle in my head to maintain enjoying and do my greatest and it went all the best way to the fifth sport. I didn’t have time to play on the glass court docket and, for me, it’s at all times laborious to play within the first spherical, particularly travelling from Colombia. It wasn’t my greatest match or efficiency, however I’m taking this as a constructive factor to play higher within the subsequent spherical.”
Elsewhere, World No.17 Omar Mosaad claimed victory over Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng, and he’ll tackle Farag within the final 16. France’s Gregoire Marche and Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar have been the opposite winners on day one.
The primary spherical continues tomorrow (December 14) and play begins at 11:00 (GMT+2). All the motion will likely be proven stay on SQUASHTV and the official Fb web page of the PSA World Tour (excluding Europe & Japan).
Outcomes – First Spherical (Prime Half): Males’s 2020 CIB Black Ball Squash Open
 Ali Farag (EGY) bt Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 3-1: 11-13, 11-3, 11-3, 11-7 (55m)
 Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (43m)
 Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Nathan Lake (ENG) 3-1: 11-2, 15-13, 7-11, 11-2 (64m)
 Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-0: 12-10, 11-8, 12-10 (50m)
 Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bt Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-2: 7-11, 11-3, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9 (84m)
 Zahed Salem (EGY) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-1: 11-8, 14-12, 6-11, 11-6 (48m)
 Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 3-2: 12-10, September 11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-1 (82m)
 Paul Coll (NZL) bt Victor Crouin (FRA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-2 (34m)
Draw – First Spherical (Backside Half): To Be Performed December 14th
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA) v  Fares Dessouky (EGY)
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Greg Lobban (SCO)
Declan James (ENG) v  Diego Elias (PER)
 Joel Makin (WAL) v Borja Golan (ESP)
Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) v  James Willstrop (ENG)
 Mazen Hesham (EGY) v Alan Clyne (SCO)
[WC] Ahmed Wael (EGY) v  Tarek Momen (EGY)
Draw – Second Spherical (Prime Half): To Be Performed December fifteenth
 Ali Farag (EGY) v  Omar Mosaad (EGY)
 Gregoire Marche (FRA) v  Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
 Miguel Rodriguez (COL) v  Zahed Salem (EGY)
 Mostafa Asal (EGY) v  Paul Coll (NZL)