27-Oct, Day Three, ROUND ONE:
On to the Main Draw at Wadi Degla
complete, today saw 32 matches as the entire first round was
played, across five courts with the Glass Court coming into use
for the last four matches..
All of the top seeds progressed safely enough, with German
qualifier Jens Schoor and Egypt's Karim Ali Fathi
taking the only seeded scalps as they beat Aussie duo Cameron
Pilley and Ryan Cuskelly, the 14th and 13th seeds.
The other qualifier to progress was Youssef Soliman, who
won a five-setter over Abdullah Al Tamimi to become one of 13
Egyptians to make the last 32.
closest to b big upset came when English qualifier Nathan Lake
took a two-game lead over fourth seed Karim Abdel Gawad
before the in-form Egyptian responded to avoid the potential
After the opening parade action on the Glass Court saw Greg
Marche stop wildcard Youssef Ibrahim in a tough encounter,
followed by wins for top seed Mohamed Elshorbagy,
defending champion Gregory Gaultier and three-time
champion Ramy Ashour.
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