El Hammamy 3-1 Pajares

[WC] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 3-1 Iker Pajares (ESP)  4-11, 11-5, 11-6, 16-14 (92m)

A 90-minute win for wildcard Karim El Hammamy over Iker Pajares …


Let me tell you something: it means a lot to me. I missed playing. I missed winning. I haven’t won a match between September 2019 and February 2020, when I got injured.

And even two weeks ago, I really didn’t feel confident with my body. I went to my fitness coach, Hossam Shaddat, and I need to thank him for all the energy and hard work he has put into me because I surprised myself in the 4th, I didn’t think I had that kind of energy anymore. I didn’t want the match to be a physical one, but it ended up being one! Also, I want to thank my coach, Andrew Wagih, him too has put a lot of work into me.

I was playing the WR26, so I knew it was going to be a hard match, but for once, I didn’t expect too much of myself, I didn’t put too much pressure on the win. And I only have one thing to take care of now, only one thing to think of, it’s squash, I don’t study anymore. For the match, I had game plan for each game, first, second, third, fought, and even for the 5th! I was ready. I had watch Iker play a lot, I had studied him…

This means so much for me.