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Mosaad Claims Biggest Tour Win In LA

Egypt’s Omar Mosaad claimed the first PSA World Tour squash title of the year – and the biggest of his career – when he beat Canadian Shahier Razik in the final of the $28,000 KIG Open at Los Angeles Athletic Club in Los Angeles, USA.

The 21-year-old from Cairo fought back from 2-5 down in the first game, then was 3-8 behind Razik in the fourth before coming through to win 11-7, 4-11, 11-4, 11-9 in 67 minutes.

“Shahier’s a good player, very experienced, and he played well to beat Tarek (Momen) yesterday so I knew it would be tough and this morning I thought about what I would do in this match,” said the second seed.

“It’s the biggest win of my career, the most points.  I’m very happy to win this tournament.”

Third seed Razik admitted that he ‘blew it’.

“I was feeling comfortable at the start, then he steadied and started pounding the hell out of the ball.  I felt I was playing tennis at times, it was bouncing so high, I was really struggling to control the ball,” said the 32-year-old from Toronto.

“It got a bit tense in the fourth, and at eight-all it was anyone’s.  It’s going to be a tough sleep tonight!”

Full details: www.squashsite.co.uk/kig

Final:
[2] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [3] Shahier Razik (CAN)     11-7, 4-11, 11-4, 11-9 (67m)

Semi-finals:
[3] Shahier Razik (CAN) bt [1] Tarek Momen (EGY)     11-3, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8 (52m)
[2] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [4] Tom Richards (ENG)     11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (42m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [8] Chris Simpson (ENG)     8-11, 11-4, 12-10, 13-11 (53m)
[3] Shahier Razik (CAN) bt [6] Aaron Frankcomb (AUS)     11-7, 11-1, 11-4 (38m)
[4] Tom Richards (ENG) bt Yasir Butt (PAK)     13-11, 11-7, 8-11, 8-11, 11-8 (77m)
[2] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Stefan Casteleyn (BEL)     11-6, 11-8, 11-3 (33m)

1st round:
[1] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [Q] Ido Avron (ISR)     11-2, 11-5, 11-7 (21m)
[8] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Matthew Karwalski (AUS)     11-5, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8 (52m)
[3] Shahier Razik (CAN) bt [Q] James Snell (ENG)     11-6, 11-2, 11-4 (36m)
[6] Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) bt [Q] John Rooney (IRL)     4-11, 12-14, 11-9, 11-9, 11-1 (107m)
Yasir Butt (PAK) bt [5] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA)     12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 12-14, 11-5 (74m)
[4] Tom Richards (ENG) bt [Q] Neil Hitchens (ENG)     11-5, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5 (42m)
Stefan Casteleyn (BEL) bt [7] Martin Knight (NZL)     11-8, 11-7, 11-2 (38m)
[2] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Stephane Galifi (ITA)     11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 12-10 (52m)

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