Omar Mosaad (front) in a file photo. The world No. 13 defeated world No. 5 Borja Golan of Spain 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 in the El Gouna International Open second round.
PETALING JAYA: World No. 13 Omar Mosaad scored the only upset of the day as the Egyptians once again stamped their mark on home soil at the El Gouna International Open.
The towering Omar came back from a set down to beat fourth seed and world No. 5 Borja Golan of Spain 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 in 68 minutes in the second round.
“After the third game, my two coaches – my brother and Haithan Eiffat told me to calm myself down and take it one point at a time,” said Omar on www.squashsite.co.uk.
“It worked for most of the fourth game and I eventually won the last point. I’m happy to get through this round and head to the glass court next.”
Omar will go on to meet veteran compatriot and four-time world champion Amr Shabana, who defeated Tarek Momen 11-3, 11-8, 11-7 in 40 minutes, in the quarter-finals.
Other significant results saw sixth seed and world No. 9 Karim Darwish, who has been on the decline of late, twice battle back to overcome the challenge of Holland’s Laurens Jan Anjema.
Karim, who is a former world No. 1, won the tie 7-11, 11-9, 6-11, 14-12, 11-2 in 68 minutes to earn a quarter-final clash with second seed Ramy Ashour, also from Egypt.
The European challenge was kept alive by top seed Gregory Gaultier of France, and Englishmen Peter Barker and Daryl Selby who won their matches in straight sets.