Omar Mosaad -15- (EGY) def [WC] Syed Azlan Amjad -159- (QAT)
Round-2 Score: 11-5, 11-2, 11-6 (25m)
Match recap from Squash Announcer Andy Taylor, Voice of the 2019 PSA Mens World Championship.
Omar Mosaad never takes an opponent for granted. Even a local Wild Card who scored a spot in Round-2 after getting blasted in the nuggets during his Round-1 match with Iker Pajares Bernabeu (full story below).
In a determined 25-minutes, 2015’s World Championship Finalist is back in the Round of 16.
Announcer Corner | Player Introductions
 Omar Mosaad -15- (EGY)
In 2006, he made his World Championship debut in Giza as a lanky, 18-year-old Wild Card ranked outside the top-75. 13-years-later, he is now a 32-time Tour-level Finalist, owns 10 PSA titles – and in 2015, defeated Ramy Ashour, then Tarek Momen to reach the Final of the World Championship in Bellevue, Washington. The last time he played on this court, it was the championship match of last year’s PSA Bronze QSF No.1, where he reached the championship match. Competing in his 14th PSA World Championship – he is an Egyptian National Champion, a Platinum Finalist, and has been ranked as high as World #3. From Cairo – this is the Hammer of Thor, Omar Mosaad.
► Omar is now 3-3 on the season. After a 1st-Round Bye, his first win came in Round-2 of September’s China Open, where he defeated Doha’s Abdulla Al-Tamimi to reach the Quarterfinals. Marwan Elshorbagy won that match, then Mazen Hesham knocked him out of the US Open before Ali Farag eliminated him early at the Egyptian Open. With 2 more “W’s” on the board, he promised the audience to deliver his best performance on Tuesday in the Round of 16.
▲ R1 — def Baptiste Masotti -59- (FRA) | Score: 8-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-8 (54m) | RECAP
[WC] Syed Azlan Amjad -159- (QAT)
He is one of two tremendous talents representing Qatar, still alive in this year’s World Championship. 7-years-ago, at just 15-years-old, he made his PSA Tour debut at the 2012 Doha Bank Challenger. Since then, he’s reached 5 career Tour-level Quarterfinals – and at the 2018 Asian Games Team Championship, earned a pair of victories over Thailand and Indonesia to help lift Qatar to a 4th place finish in its pool of six nations. On Friday – after inadvertantly being injured by his opponent – he advanced to the 2nd-Round of the PSA World Championship in his main-draw debut. A proud product of Aspire Academy in Doha – From Qatar, this is Wild Card – Syed Azlan Amjad.
► In Syed’s Round-1 match, surprisingly the World #159 was giving World #35 Iker Pajares Bernabeu a run for his money. Amjad lost the first game, took game-2 in a tiebreak, lost the third, and was up 2-0 in game-4…when a very unfortunate turn-of-events happened. In between rallies, Bernabeu was delivering a few practice whacks against the wall. During one of those full-on forehands, Iker accidentally hammered the ball directly into Syed’s groin. After an extended medical time-out, Amjad decided he couldn’t continue. However, under current PSA rules, when a match-ending injury is caused by an opponent, the injured player is granted the victory. So, in short – Amjad is in Round-2 of the PSA World Championship because he got nailed in the nuggets by an errant practice stroke from Iker Pajares Bernabeu. Any questions?
▲ R1 — def Iker Pajares Bernabeu -35- (ESP) | Score: 8-11, 12-10, 4-11, 2-0 RET (60m) | RECAP