Yahya Elnawasany came from a game down to reach he second round ©PSA

Yahya Elnawasany was the big winner on day one of the Egyptian Open in Cairo, knocking Pakistan's Tayyab Aslam out of the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Platinum tournament in the first round.

Elnawasany, a wildcard from Cairo, fought back to beat the world number 46 9-11, 11-1, 11-4, 11-8.

"I think my mum must be jumping up and down with joy," Elnawasany said following the match, and also revealed that he had been "about to quit squash" only a matter of weeks ago.

"It’s crazy, I just came here to prove myself."

Prove himself he did.

Compatriot Mazen Hesham, ranked 14th in the world, awaits in round two at the New Giza Sporting Club tomorrow.

Mexican Cesar Salazar, Spain's Iker Pajares Bernabeu and Egyptian Youssef Soliman all came through five-game matches to reach the second round.

Soliman, who came from two games down versus France's Auguste Dussourd, faces third seed and former world champion Tarek Momen next, in an all-Egyptian match.

Seeds join the fray in round two and top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy from Egypt will play France's Baptiste Masoti.

Swiss Cindy Merlo beat Egypt's Mayar Hany 4-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5 in perhaps the pick of the women's round-one matches.

Merlo is into the last 32 at a PSA World Tour Platinum event for the first time.

Wales' Emily Whitlock beat home player Menna Hamed in three games to set up a match versus top seed and world champion Nour El Sherbini, also of Egypt.