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


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Egypt’s defeated to face current World No.1 Gregory Gaultier in the final of the El Gouna International Open.

Gawad will become the new World No.1 after he came back from a game down to defeat compatriot Dessouky 3-1 (7-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-8) in their semi-final clash on Friday. The World Champion will play the final on April 14 against Gaultier, who defeated Egyptian World No.5 3-0 (12-10, 11-4, 11-4) in the other semi-final.

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Earlier in April, Gaultier (34 years and three months) became the oldest player ever to top the PSA World Rankings. Gawad, who will dethrone the Frenchman in next month’s ranking, will become the fifth Egyptian to top the World Rankings.

“Today is extra special for me, reaching the finals here in El Gouna in front of this amazing crowd is a great pleasure for me,” Gawad told PSA World.

“It makes me very happy. I didn’t want to think about it [the battle for World No.1] because I’ve been thinking about it a bit in the last two tournaments and it affected my way of playing so much.

“Today I just wanted to go on court, do my best and reach the finals here in El Gouna. Winning today is a great feeling. Tomorrow is another day, I have to keep my focus and I have to concentrate as much as I can,” he added.

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