Lobban Topples World No.4
Karakal's World No.27 Greg Lobban shocked a packed London crowd last night as he toppled Egypt’s World No.4 Karim Abdel Gawad to reach the quarter-finals of the Canary Wharf Classic.
Greg, who had never beaten Karim, a former World No.1 and World Champion, came flying out of the gate and after a good run of points in the middle of the game, was able take the first 11-7 and then got on a great roll at the start of the second game, scoring seven of the first eight points to take a commanding lead. Karim threatened to comeback, pulling it back to 7-8, but the Scot was able to push through. Despite seeing one match ball saved by the Egyptian, he was able to take the second, booking his place in the quarter-finals of a Gold level tournament for the first time in career.
After the match Greg said “Without a doubt [the best result of my career]. Coming into today, it always tough getting into the last 16 of these tournaments because they are such strong events. There are very few players that play the game better than Karim so it is extremely rewarding to win this one! I had played Karim six times and never got close as that, never got two games off him before. Nick [Matthew] has played him plenty and I think it is good to go back to him to come up with a good game plan, and I was happy to execute it today.”
Greg will now face another Egyptian World top ten player in Marwan ElShorbagy in the quarter-finals, after his opponent, Omar Mosaad, had to retire through injury.
For the full match report and tournament results visit the PSA World Tour website.