Egypt’s World No.3 Karim Abdel Gawad ensured his title defence continued at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals after he defeated Germany’s Simon Rösner in straight games.
The Egyptian, who defeated compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar in last year’s final, tops Group A following his win after both him and Ali Farag were tied on points, but Gawad goes ahead due to beating Farag earlier in the week.
The two players last four encounters have proved to be tight battles and this one proved no different with Rösner starting brightly before Gawad was able to take control and hold game ball. The German fought back though to save the first attempt from Gawad before having his ball called out to hand the Egyptian the lead in a 25-minute first game.
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A sensational rally from
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Gawad fired himself up in the second game though and with the two players performing to their best with some high-quality rallies it was the World No.3 who was able to advance to the last four at the expense of the German.
"I have a very good record in Cairo but it doesn't mean that I'll win all the tournaments."— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) October 1, 2020
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“It feels great reaching a semi-final here, especially after a slow start against Diego [Elias],” said Gawad in his post-match interview.
“It always makes the next rounds much more difficult, when you play you are much more stressed compared to if you had of won the first match. Today was a very tough match against Simon, we are used to playing very tough matches, so I’m pleased to be through in two today.
“I’m trying to enjoy the tournament as much as I can and I have a very good record here in Cairo, but that doesn’t mean I’ll win all the tournaments. I just try to enjoy the crowd and I like to play on this court, especially in Cairo – so I’m just trying to enjoy the tournament and not worry about anything else.
“My family have been through this now for years and years. I feel bad, but this feeling they have, I will never feel it until I have kids.”
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt  Simon Rösner (GER) 2-0: 13-11, 11-8 (41m)