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Squash: Gawad wins Swedish Open all-Egyptian final
Egyptian squash champion Karim Abdel Gawad claimed the UCS Swedish Open title after defeating fellow Egyptian Tarek Momen in the final.
World No.9 Gawad came up top after he defeated his countryman Momen 3-2 in a thrilling five-game match to claim his first ever PSA M70 trophy, which is two levels below the World Series tournaments.
Gawad, who came through with a 12-10, 8-11, 11-9, 3-11, 11-4 victory, expressed his happiness after the match, saying that the title represents a great step forward for him.
“It’s a great feeling, I’ve been working so hard for this,” Gawad told the PSA World Tour official website.
“It’s my first big title, my biggest title before this was an M35 tournament so, for me%2S it’s a great step forward and hopefully this is just the beginning. In the fifth game when it was at 4-4 I said to myself that I just needed seven more points. I had to push and put in everything I could,” he added.
Gawad had breezed through the first round after defeating Swedish Rasmus Hult 3-0 to face Englishman Chris Simpson in the quarter-final.
The 24-year-old defeated Simpson in a tough match that ended 3-2, only to face another Englishman in the semi-final. Showing great determination, Gawad defeated world No.17 Daryl Selby 3-0 to reach the final.
On the other hand, Tarek Momen had defeated Englishman Adrian Walter 3-1 in the first round, to face Frenchman Lucas Serme in the quarter-final.
It is worth mentioning that Serme had eliminated Egyptian Fares Dessouki after defeating him 3-1 in the first round.
Momen avenged his compatriot and defeated Serme 3-0 to face world No.7 German Simon Rösner in the semi-final. Momen faced a tough challenge as Rösner put in a great performance. The Egyptian champion, however, showed great spirit and won 3-2, to face Gawad in an all-Egyptian final.