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Squash: Gaultier defeats Egypt’s Gawad to win El Gouna International title


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Grégory Gaultier clinched the El Gouna International Squash Open title on Friday after beating Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad 3-0 in the final.

The Frenchman, who defeated Egypt’s Marwan ElShorbagy in the semi-final, claimed the title after beating Gawad in straight sets (11-6, 11-8, 11-7) in 51 minutes.

After claiming the title on Friday, Gaultier became the first non-Egyptian to win the El Gouna International, which was founded in 2010.

Read: Gawad reaches El Gouna International final, seals World No.1 spot

Despite the defeat, Gawad, 25, will dethrone Gaultier and become the new World No.1 in next month’s World Rankings after he defeated fellow countryman Fares Dessouky in the semi-final. He will become the fifth Egyptian to top the World Rankings.

Earlier in April, Gaultier (34 years and three months) became the oldest player ever to top the PSA World Rankings.

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