R1: Aly 2-1 Mazen – Marie 2-0 Tessa

Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) 2-1 Mazen Gamal (EGY)  7-11, 11-8, 11-2 (41m)
Marie Stephan (FRA) 2-0 Tessa ter Sluis (NED)  11-4, 11-4 (14m)


“It was my first time playing the best-of-three format so it felt like it went by quickly. I didn’t even have time to settle, because just like that, it was over! It was a good first match, though, to get under my belt for tomorrow.

“It helped me get my focus right away because with best-of-three, I know I have to be on my game from the first point. That’s what I took from today’s match and obviously, it is always nice to get that first match to find your marks on the court and just make sure you hit your length.”


I have so much respect for Mazen, on and off the court. Not many players can play at that level at his age, and I certainly would to be able to play at that level when I’m his age. And with age, comes so much experience.

I grew up watching him play, and to me, this is quite a unique situation. I landed from my flight this morning at 11.30 and came straight to the club because I played and lost my semi-final in Madeira, hopped on a  plane, had a 14 hours layout in Frankfurt, couldn’t sleep, then straight here.

So I had to rely on my fitness, I’m  younger but it’s tricky because it’s BO3 as well! I just had to fight, till the very end, and I’m glad I got through.

Tomorrow, I’m playing Victor, we know each other quite well from the US College, he was playing for Harvard and I was Penn, so we were rival, same year, and we both finished our studies at the same time!

Victor is a good friend, what he just did in Qatar is incredible, and it’s inspiring. I’m looking forward to that match, we’ve seen each other play sooo many times as well. So a match between the two of us, young fresh from Uni, on a big stage, it’s quite incredible. Very excited.