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by kng zheng guan AND r. patrick
Omar Mosaad: 'Getting to the top of the world is my aim and competing in Malaysia offers a good chance at attaining that.'
KUALA LUMPUR: Egypt’s Omar Mosaad may not be ranked in the top 10 but he’s still a terror on court with his towering presence.
The 1.93m-tall Mosaad, 25, is one of the hardest-hitting players on the professional tour.
The 2012 KL Open champion comes into the CIMB Malaysian Open in fine fettle, having made the final of the Colombian Open last month – losing to world No. 7 Peter Barker of England.
But Mosaad, who lost in the first round of this year’s KL Open to national No. 1 Ong Beng Hee, has made clear his intentions – to scale the rankings.
The world No. 11, however, will not have the easiest of first round matches after being drawn to meet third seed Borja Golan of Spain in Thursday’s first round.
“The first match after a break is always the toughest,” said soft-spoken Mosaad.
“It will be tough taking on Borja ... getting the right momentum is always the key to a good start.
“But I’m confident and I know I can do well here because I want to climb up the rankings.
“Getting to the top of the world is my aim and competing in Malaysia offers a good chance at attaining that.
“Still, I need to be wary of injuries because I have a few tournaments lined up after this.”
Besides Mosaad, two other Egyptians – top seed Karim Darwish and defending champion Tarek Momen – are in contention for the men’s title.
Darwish, who has won the KL Open title three times but always fell short in the Malaysian Open, will meet England’s Chris Simpson in the first round.
Momen, seeded fourth, has a tough challenge as he will be up against Australia’s Cameron Pilley.
Beng Hee, meanwhile, will face compatriot Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan in the first round.
There will be two more Egyptians in the main draw Thursday after the completion of the qualifying finals on Wednesday.
First, Mazen Hesham – who won the Maharashtra State Open in Bombay, last week – came back from two sets down to beat Alan Clyne of Scotland 9-11, 13-15, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 in 56 minutes before Omar Abdel Aziz downed Malaysia’s Mohd Asyraf Azan 9-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9.
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