R1: Youssef Ibrahim (Egy) 3-2 Richie Fallows (Eng) 13-15, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (62m)
Youssef Ibrahim comes from two games down to deny Richie Fallows
Youssef: “I was really nervous,”
“I haven’t played for a while in a competitive game, I haven’t played a tournament in a while. Also the lack of training, I’ve been struggling with a knee injury for about three months since the last Black Ball and I’ve been trying to push and push.
“It’s also mental, I was very conservative in every point, that’s not how I play but I was very worried about every point, I wanted to win every point badly. I think that played into his game very well, I don’t want to take anything away from him, he played my weak points really well and all credit to him, he made me work for this win.
“Today, I didn’t feel my knee but mentally I haven’t played a lot of practice matches because it hurts and I’m taking anti-inflammatory medications to be able to play practice matches, so today it worked out fine and hopefully it works for the rest of the tournament.”
Egypt's @Yousseefibrahim admits his worry over a niggling knee injury, but he is happy to have come through a tricky opening test!
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