Farag Survives Pittsburgh Open Comeback
10 Feb 2023
Reigning World Champion and the tournament's top seed Ali Farag marked his return to action with a comeback victory against Nathan Lake at the Pittsburgh Open, the PSA World Tour Silver event at Rivers Club in Pittsburgh, USA.
The 30-year-old former world No.1 was making his first Tour appearance since October last year, when he sustained a knee injury at the US Open in Philadelphia.
"It feels amazing (to be back on court). I feel like a child in a play area - I'm back to doing what I love most," said Farag.
"I was very nervous and very excited - I had so many different emotions but the overriding one is gratitude and happiness."
Abouelghar, who reached the second round with a 3/0 win over Sebastien Bonmalais, defeated the world No.7 11-9, 13-11, 11-8 to move into the last eight.
"It feels unbelievable. I've always struggled against Tarek - the head-to-heads, I've only beaten him once in a best of three. To beat him in straight games is a massive achievement for me," said Abouelghar.
"I was 8-2 down in the first game and I told myself to hang in there and make it long for him so I could gain some momentum for the second game.
"I'm happy it worked out and I won the game - it gave me a huge boost going into the second game onwards."