1st November, Round One
Youssef Ibrahim 3-1 [17/32] Nicolas Mueller (Sui) 11-7, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7 (41m)
[17/32] Mohamed ElSherbini 3-0 [wc] Syed Azlan Amjad (Qat) 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (31m)
[17/32] Youssef Soliman 3-0 Mazen Gamal 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (41m)
[17/32] Eain Yow Ng (Mas) 3-1 Karim El Hammamy 8-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-5 (46m)
“I’m really happy with today’s win against Nicci Mueller. He’s a very experienced player on the tour and I think I’ve only played him once before at the World Championships two years back and I remember the first three games were pretty close and I managed to sneak it in the fourth and build up a bit of a lead and I think it was similar today.
It’s really hard to get a lead against Nicci because he is such a good shot player and you have to be on your toes the whole time and not give him any freebies because he can come back at you at any time. He can hit winners from anywhere on the court and so I had to be on my toes the whole match and stick to my tactics, so I’m really happy with today’s win.
“The conditions of the court weren’t suitable for both of our games, it was a quick, fast front wall so the ball was flying around the court and we had to adapt our tactics to the court and I think I probably adapted a bit better to the court.
“I reached the last 16 of the CIB Egyptian Open and I’m really happy I’m getting the momentum and I’m playing better each tournament. I’m getting more confident in my game and my fitness. I’m looking forward to playing tomorrow in the second round.”
“It’s my first match since March, so I haven’t played for a while. I was injured after Chicago right away and I couldn’t find my rhythm today, I was all over the place. I don’t know how I’m going to play like this tomorrow, I have to play much better than that, but I’m glad to win in three.
“I’m just going to play and enjoy my time on court.”