Sun 24th April -
Round One - Top
Salazar springs another surprise
as action moves to the marina ...
complete, it was time for the main draw to begin - eight matches
in the top half of the draw, four in the afternoon at the
Movenpick Hotel, then four more on the Glass Court at the
Abu Tig Marina.
of the afternoon matches were hotly contested as Hong Kong's
Leo Au came from a game down to beat India's Saurav Ghosal,
then Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet did the same against
wildcard Zahed Mohamed, both matches taking an hour to complete.
Chris Simpson took exactly an hour to beat qualifier Paul
Coll, but that was in just three games, the first of which alone
took 23 minutes.
A qualifier did progress in the next match though, Mexico's
Cesar Salazar producing another nailbiting five-game win.,
this time against local favourite Mohamed Abouelghar.
the players were introduced at the Marina by children carrying
the national flags, Colombian Miguel Rodriguez got the
glass court action started with a tough three-game win over
qualifier Nafiizwan Adnan.
first two Egyptian winners followed - newly-crowned National
Champion Omar Mosaad recovering from losing the first
game to beat Cameron Pilley and top seed Mohamed Elshorbagy
winning three close games against the returning to action Mazen
With the heat and humidity making the playing conditions
difficult, Germany's Simon Rosner finished off the day
with an hour-long - including interruptions - straight game win
over Scottish qualifier Greg Lobban.
Sun 24th, Round One (top) :
 Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) 3-0 [Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
14/12, 11/6, 11/5 (47m)
 Omar Mosaad (Egy) 3-1 Cameron
9/11, 11/6, 11/8, 11/2 (67m)
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy) 3-0 Mazen Hesham (Egy)
12/10, 11/9, 13/11 (45m)
 Simon Rösner (Ger) 3-0 [Q] Greg Lobban (Sco)
11/9, 11/4, 11/2 (61m)
Leo Au (Hkg) 3-1 Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
7/11, 11/4, 13/11, 14/12 (59m)
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra) 3-1 [wc] Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
6/11, 11/5, 11/8, 11/7 (54m)
Chris Simpson (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Paul Coll
13/11, 11/7, 11/6 (60m)
[Q] Cesar Salazar (Mex) 3-2Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) 11/8, 1/11,
10/12, 11/7, 11/6 (73m)