Egyptian teenager Fares Mohamed Dessouki, ranked outside the world top 100, caused a major upset in the Banque Misr Sky Open when he overcame third seed Omar Mosaad (above) , a senior Egyptian international, to claim an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the Sky Resort in New Cairo, Egypt.
The 19-year-old qualifier, competing in his third Tour event since reaching the World Junior Championship final in Poland in July, took the opening two games before 25-year-old Mosaad, the world No 9, recovered his form to take the next two games to level the match.
But Dessouki, coached by his opponent’s brother, maintained his composure to regain the upper hand – and, after 83 minutes, celebrated his breakthrough 11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 6-11, 11-7 triumph.
“I really focused for each point of the match,” the delighted teenager told www.squashsite.com later. “The court was very cold, and that really was a big bonus for me, as I just went for shots and nicks. He made a lot of errors, which is not like Omar. I know the pressure was on him, and that’s very hard when you are trying to play with that weight on your shoulders.
“Omar is a very good friend – he is a brother actually. And I need to thank my coach, Mohamed Mosaad – his brother! Also, my dad and my family who are watching me on the television, and my two other coaches, Mohamed Kaay and Walid.”
Dessouki will now take on fifth seed Marwan Elshorbagy, the 20-year-old world No 32 from Alexandria who guaranteed Egyptian interest in the final when he defeated South African Shaun le Roux 11-6, 11-5, 11-3.
An even bigger shock was on the cards when top seed Karim Darwish, the world No 5 from Cairo who lifted the trophy in 2009, dropped the first two games to rising Egyptian star Mohamed Abouelghar.
But the wily 32-year-old former world No 1 called upon his vast experience in the game to recover to win 11-13, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 in 75 minutes.
“I just didn’t want to lose in front of my wife and my baby,” said a relieved Darwish later, watched by former internationalEngy Kheirallah and their son Omar. “It’s the first time I have played in front of him here in Egypt. I played in front of him in Malaysia, and I won. I never want to lose. And not here, in front of my wife and baby, and on Egyptian TV!”
Darwish’s next opponent Zahed Mohamed also survived a marathon. The 21-year-old from Alexandria also pulled off a significant upset when he defeated eighth seed Mohd Ali Anwar Reda 13-11, 6-11, 11-7, 2-11, 11-9 in 94 minutes.
Alister Walker will be hoping to extend overseas interest in the event when he takes on Egypt’s Omar Abdel Meguid for a place in the semi-finals. The No 4 seed from Botswana, ranked 15 in the world, beat England’s Eddie Charlton 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-2 – while sixth seed Meguid also overcame English opposition when he defeated Jaymie Haycocks 11-9, 12-10, 11-8.
 Karim Darwish (EGY) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 11-13, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (75m)
Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt  Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) 13-11, 6-11, 11-7, 2-11, 11-9 (94m)
 Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Shaun le Roux (RSA) 11-6, 11-5, 11-3 (29m)
[Q] Fares Mohamed Dessouki (EGY) bt  Omar Mosaad (EGY) 11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 6-11, 11-7 (83m)
 Alister Walker (BOT) bt Eddie Charlton (ENG) 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-2 (44m)
 Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 (53m)
 Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (EGY) bt Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 12-10 (60m)
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Joel Hinds (ENG) 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 (39m)
 Karim Darwish (EGY) v Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
 Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) v [Q] Fares Mohamed Dessouki (EGY)
 Alister Walker (BOT) v  Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v  Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (EGY)