Egypt’s World No.3 Karim Abdel Gawad has already achieved a few of the greatest accolades the game has to supply, however the former World Champion admits his greatest intention for this season was consistency.
And after claiming two titles within the type of the CIB Egyptian Squash Open and the Channel VAS Championships at St. George’s Hill, the previous World No.1 feels that he has created an excellent basis and is eager to succeed in much more finals.
“I might rank my season as an eight out of 10,” stated Gawad.
“Not solely as a result of I gained two tournaments, but additionally I believe I performed some good squash. I’m attempting to be constant and I believe I’m doing an excellent job being extra constant, I simply consider I’ve to seem within the finals extra and that’s what I’m engaged on.
“I usually speak with my coaches earlier than each pre-season and I inform them what I hope to attain, what I additionally felt went mistaken within the earlier one and what I wish to attempt to work on.
“I can’t say I achieved what I wished to attain this season, however I didn’t do unhealthy although. My greatest disappointment this season my early loss within the World Championships, after all I hoped to do significantly better.”
One in all Gawad’s crowning moments of the season got here in entrance of the Nice Pyramid of Giza, the place he repeated his feat for impressing in entrance of the spectacular location by including to his 2016 Al Ahram victory with the CIB Egyptian Squash Open Platinum title when he defeated then-World No.1 Ali Farag within the remaining.
Karim Abdel Gawad on the CIB Egyptian Squash Open
“The Pyramids is without doubt one of the most prestigious tournaments that I’m proud and fortunate to have the chance to take part in.
“I’ve nice recollections on this event and it’s the explanation why I’m right here now. I bear in mind going and watching Ahmed Barada and Amr Shabana after I was a child and all I wished was to go on court docket and simply to hit one shot, so to win two titles in entrance of the Pyramids is simply nice and one thing I’m extraordinarily pleased with.”
Nevertheless, the 28-year-old believes he performed his greatest squash on the Channel VAS Championships the place he and Mohamed ElShorbagy introduced the home down in an exhilarating five-game remaining which lasted a gruelling 90 minutes.
“At Channel Vas I believe I performed my greatest squash. I carried out properly on court docket and Mohamed and I had such an entertaining remaining.
Gawad in motion towards Mohamed ElShorbagy
“It’s one of many matches the place I can say we introduced one of the best of one another.”
As a result of sudden break within the season resulting from COVID-19, Gawad defined his hobbies outdoors of squash and in addition his goals throughout this unpredictable time as he waits for skilled squash to get again underneath manner.
“I like touring and spending a while by the seaside. I additionally like soccer, however I don’t really play that a lot attempting to keep away from accidents and my new pastime is paddle tennis.
“My fundamental objective within the prolonged break is simply to attempt to maintain as match as doable.”