SAM 3-0

R2: Fares Dessouky 3-0 Simon Rosner

The World No.12 Fares Dessouky proved too hot to handle for Germany’s Simon Rosner as the Egyptian finished off their Round 3 match Pittsburgh of the Qatar Classic 2020 in 40 minutes as he claimed straight games (11-3, 11-9, 11-8) win.

The 26-year-old Egyptian, the defending champion of the Pittsburgh Open, will now square up against Spain’s Borja Golan, who holds a 5-2 head-to-head advantage over Dessouky, in the last-16 of the $175,000 total prize money event.

Dessouky took the first game in just under eight minutes, and he didn’t relent in the second as he reclaimed a 4-6 deficit to finish the game.

The third was tightly fought with Rosner opening up a three-point lead only for Dessouky to bounce back and ensure the match didn’t go into the fourth as it closed it out.

“Obviously, it wasn’t an easy match. I know it is 3-0, but it was very close. I had to dig hard and deep to get every single point which wasn’t easy, but I am happy to be through,” Dessouky, who lost to Tarek Momen in the second round of last month’s CIB Egyptian Open, said.

Speaking about his next match against the Spaniard, who he last met in the semi-finals of the 2017 Canary Wharf Classic, Dessouky said, We’ve always been having tough matches between us.  The last time it ended 3-2 in my favour, and it was a tough match for both of us. I hope to win and reduce the deficit against him.”