Abouelgar bt  Amr Khaled Khalifa
9/11, 11/8, 3/11, 11/7, 11/9 (70m)
BEAUTIFUL, SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL
This second match was actually more structured than the first
one, with tight drives, lovely lobs, stunning long drop shots
and volley drop shots, again, sorry to repeat myself, but so
much retrieving, and an Aboelghar so fast to move to the front,
which of course allowed him to take the ball very early, and
keep Khalifa waaaay at the back, forcing him to cover an awful
lot of ground.
of the match was that Amr was basically defending more or less
the whole the match, except in the third and beginning of the
fifth, where he was more positive and attacking himself.
The rest of the time, he was too passive, expecting Mohamed to
make the error – as he probably often does – and ended up
running the four corners time and time again, emptying his
reserves, and when the fifth came, he basically had not much
In my opinion, this match should be shown in Squash Junior
school, as we had two players who asked for very few lets, a bit
more at the very end, as there were both very tired – the match
having lasted 70mn, they called every single double bounce, they
never argued with the ref, only a bit of a look here and there.
And the best moment was in the fifth, when Amr was desperate to
clean his glasses. Nothing on him was dry enough, and he was
unable to dry them.
“Can I go out please?” “No, you must remain on court,” said the
What did young Mohamed do? He used his own shorts to clean his
opponent’s glasses. People, is that class, sportsmanship, or
I love my players…
very happy, but I really cannot really let my emotions out, as
there is still tomorrow to play.
In the beginning, I was over excited, I really went for my shots
too early, and made too much errors. Then I started playing
serious squash, and I was accurate at the back.
In the third, I started again to go for shots, and of course, I
made too many errors, and I lost that one quickly.
My dad told me right before the 4th to keep the ball going, that
I had nothing to lose, and that’s what I did. I told myself not
to make any errors until I reach 5. But at 5/2, my mind was too
much set on wining, wining, and that led to play too early
I was able to cut down on errors, and I did my best to keep my
emotions down. And even at match ball, I didn’t want to get
excited, because I know that Amr is so good in the come back,
and he can eat you alive!
This was a match where fitness was really important, so I want
to thank my fitness coach, Fery, and my Dad….
I’m so happy, but, one more.
so hard, that pressure, you have to be number one, if you are
number two, you are nothing…
He played better than me today. I worked so hard in the first
game, running after his shots, in the fifth, I didn’t have much
left…. Well played to him really…