All but two of the 2nd round matches in El Gouna International Open will feature Egyptian interest after local players led a flurry of upsets in the 1st round. Now from the 2nd round onwards, the events leaves Alexandria and will move to El Gouna. In 101-minute battle, 19-year-old qualifier Karim Abdel Gawad fought back from two games down to overcome No11 seed Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema 11-9 in the final game. England’s 8th seed Daryl Selby was the highest ranked to fall. The No10 in the world went down 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-2 in 80 minutes to unseeded Omar Mosaad (WR 22). Pakistan’s Farhan Mehboob contrived to reduce the Egyptian interest by upsetting Cairo-born 10th seed Wael El Hindi 9-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-5. An all-Egyptian first round clash produced a surprise outcome when unseeded Mohd Ali Anwar Reda beat 16th seed Tarek Momen 7-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6. An English qualifier also claimed an unexpected place in the last 16 round in the Red Sea resort of El Gouna when Chris Ryder defeated fellow countryman Alister Walker, the 14th seed, 11-1, 12-10, 11-8.
Seeds suffer as Egyptians thrive in El Gouna!