R1: Mazen 3-0 Tom

Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-0 Tom Richards (ENG) 17-15, 11-8, 11-8 (42m)

Two shot makers, playing very entertaining squash, fast and furious. Mazen found some good lines tough, while playing sumptuous winners. Tom about the same really, just making a few costly errors at the end of the games…

I didn’t feel comfortable at all. I was trying to keep ahead a couple of points, but I didn’t manage it consistently enough to be able to relax a bit.

Taking the first game was massive for me, it was a big boost of confidence. But he moved me around very today, while I think I was patient enough at times and managed to play the big points a bit better than he did.