Dessouki Dispatches Dark Prince in British Open Upset

Dessouki (R) and Darwish. (image: Steve Line/

Dessouki (R) and Darwish. (image: Steve Line/

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Egyptian qualifier Fares Dessouki will compete in the quarterfinals of a PSA World Series event for the first time in his career after he pulled off arguably the biggest upset of the tournament so far to take out World No. 9 Karim Darwish 3-2 at the 2014 Allam British Squash Open.

300x250Dessouki, the nineteen-year-old world No. 55, was a late entry into the competition as the beneficiary of Tom Richards’s withdrawal due to injury but the youngster showed no sign of nerves as stunned his experienced compatriot, racing into an early 2-0 lead before holding on to eek out a win despite a late surge from the former World No. 1.

Dessouki will now face three-time British Open champion and current World Champion Nick Matthew in Friday’s quarterfinals after the Englishman came through a testing encounter with compatriot Daryl Selby.

“This is the biggest win in my career, ” said Dessouki.

“To beat a legend like Karim Darwish is huge. I dreamed of these moments when I was young and I’m very happy that it has happened.

Frenchman Matthieu Castagnet continued his successful run to reach the quarterfinals. (Steve Line/

Frenchman Matthieu Castagnet continued his successful run to reach the quarterfinals. (Steve Line/

“My focus was up and down in the fifth game and I was very lucky because he is a player who can finish a match from any situation so I’m very happy with this win.”

Matthew, who disposed another Englishman, Joe Lee, in the first round on Monday remains on course to win the prestigious ‘Wimbledon of Squash’ for the fourth time, a win which would see him equal the record of David Palmer, Azam Khan and Mahmoud Karim.

“It was a huge relief to get the win tonight, ” said Matthew following the seventy-six-minute battle.

“It was a bit of a topsy turvey match. We normally have very attritional matches but it was a dead court today and we both adapted and fortunately I got the better start in the fifth game and just saw it through.”

Second Round, Top Half Results:
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) v Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-2: 11-7, 10-12, 11-3, 5-11, 11-4 [76m]
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Adrian Grant (ENG) 3-2: 7-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6 [90m]
[4] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-9 [50m]
[Q] Fares Dessouki (EGY) bt [8] Karim Darwish (EGY) 3-2: 12-10, 11-6, 2-11, 2-11, 11-9 [62m]

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