R1 : Faraz, Lucas, Karim

Faraz Khan (USA) 3-1 Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY)  5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 (49m)


“I tried not to pin my happiness on something that is a win-loss situation, I guess anything could be that way. Even if I lost, I would hope that I wouldn’t deviate too much from how I’m feeling right now. Of course, I’m a little bit happier than normal because the prize money is so good and that will help a lot.

“I’m not the best tactician, but maybe just a bit of luck. Fine margins like the ball clipping the tin, the margins are so small. I maybe just kept running a bit more and his shots didn’t go deep enough to prevent me from getting it.”

Lucas Serme (Fra) 3-0 Tsz Kwan Lau (Hkg) 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (28m)

Lucas Serme:

“I’m very happy, I was really wary of him. My draw changed quite recently, I was supposed to play Mathieu Castagnet, but he withdrew and I ended up playing Lau. I have never played him before but I know how talented he is, so I’m happy to get off in three.

“It was an intense but short match, so I’m not feeling too tired. I get the day off tomorrow, so I’m going to be able to recharge to 100% and I have nothing to lose against Joel in the next round.”

Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 3-1 Ibrahim Elkabbani (EGY)  11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4 (67m)


“I’m happy to be through that one! He’s another up-and-coming player from Egypt. He’s young and in Egypt there are so many good players and it’s always tough to play another Egyptian.

“It was tough for me to get a win, because I’ve been struggling for a while, perhaps since November, to get in form. So I’m glad to get through. I’m gaining form slowly but steadily.

“Mazen is very talented and at World No.8. I have a good head-to-head record against him, 1-1, but our last meeting was two years ago in Black Ball. I made it through that one, but we’ll see how it goes!”