R1: [14] Aly Abou Eleinen 3-1 Sebastien Bonmalais

[14] Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) 3-1 Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA)  11-6, 9-11, 11-1, 15-13 (64m)

A superb first round match, between two gentlemen of the game. Giving it all but playing fairly, excellent movement and very few calls. One of those matches you regret having a loser….

Aly : I wouldn’t say I played my best squash, but I found a way, and that’s the most important.

Round one of the World Champs, everybody wants to play their best at the World Champ, hence everybody is a bit nervous, excited, so it’s natural for the first round to be tough.

Sebastien is a very good player, he is fit, he plays at a fast pace, he attacks, he’s got a good deep game, he is mentally tough, he’s got the whole package as a player. So playing such a wellrounded player, but I found a way, and I’m super proud of myself.

A bit unhappy with the gaps in concentration here and there, but this will be helping me sharpening up for the next round. Going to do a nice session tomorrow as I’ve got a day off to sharpen up and I’ll be ready to go hopefully.