KingFut Pharaoh of the Month: Karim Abdel Gawad
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Karim Abdel Gawad topped the world rankings, becoming only the fifth Egyptian to achieve this milestone; following Amr Shabana in 2006, Karim Darwish in 2009, Ramy Ashour in 2010, and Mohamed El Shorbagy in 2014.
It’s not only in April that the Giza-based player surprised the squash world. He has been at it for the whole season.
Karim Abdel Gawad managed to reach eight PSA tournaments finals this season, and was crowned champion in 5 of them.
He started the season by losing the Hong Kong Open final to Ramy Ashour, then he won Al Ahram Open title after beating compatriot Ali Farag. He later won the World Championship title after beating teammate Ramy Ashour in the final.
The story didn’t end here. Karim won two titles in a row; Qatar Open, after defeating Mohamed El Shorbagy, and Tournament of Champions in New York after beating Gregory Gaultier.
Unfortunately, he lost both the Swedish Open and the El Gouna International tournaments, to Gregory Gaultier. However, he ended his season with a last title in the Houston Open where he defeated Tarek Momen. AbdelGawad qualified for the World Series Final in Dubai after being on the top of its standings
Karim Abdel Gawad ended the season as World number one, for the first time in his career. He guaranteed this position when he defeated Fares Dessouki at the El Gouna International tournament semi final, earlier in April but officially crowned in May 1, 2017, with the release of the new rankings.
Here’s what the new World number 1 had to say after topping the world of squash:
What happened to me this season cannot be described in a sentence, winning the world championship to becoming the fifth Egyptian ranked world #1 in Squash. At the beginning I didn't believe that working hard during pre-season can make you achieve so much! It is true that the harder you work in pre-season the more you can achieve. I am young and I want to work harder than ever and keep striving to become the best version of myself! Special thank to my coach Team @omarabdelaziz1 @_abbascious_ @aliismail__ am honored to have such a professional and knowledgeable team! My manager @jzsquashworld and Thanks to all the physio drs @m.wafaay and @rosalalalaa that helped me with my recovery. #rowe #victorshoes @hutkay.fit @harrowsports
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