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Squash: Egypt's Karim Abdel-Gawad snatches TOC title

The world No. 2 defeated Gregory Gaultier in the 2017 Tournament of Champions final

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 20 Jan 2017
Karim Abdel-Gawad
Egypt and world top seed squash star Karim Abdel-Gawad (R), world number 4 Camille Serme of France (L) lifting the 2017 JP Morgan Tournament of Champions (TOC) trophies (Photo from the tournament's official website)
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Egypt and world top seed squash star Karim Abdel-Gawad has clinched the 2017 JP Morgan Tournament of Champions title after beating world No. 3 Gregory Gaultier of France on Friday.

The world No. 2 needed 64 minutes to beat Gaultier 3-1 (6-11, 11-6, 12-10 and 11-6) in the final game in New York.

"Winning the Tournament of Champions, here in this venue, is an amazing feeling and I feel absolutely fantastic right now," Abdel-Gawad said.

"Matches with Greg are always tough and they can change at any moment. He has beaten me so many times before that I know even at match ball up he isn't beaten," he added.

"It's been an amazing week. I'm over the moon. To win three big titles like the World Championship and Qatar Classic is a great feeling and I have to thank my coaches for the support and hard work that has been put in for the past few years.

"I'm really enjoying my squash at the moment so hopefully I can keep that going in the next tournament."

In the women's competition, world No. 4 Camille Serme of France defeated Laura Massaro of England 3-2 (13-11, 8-11, 4-11, 11-3 and 11-7) to take the women’s title.

"I can't believe it," Serme said.

"Winning this title and winning two World Series titles in a row, beating the World No.1 and No. 2 and coming from 2-1 down today to beat Laura, it is absolutely amazing," she added.

The prestigious tournament marks the kick-off of this year's PSA World Series calendar.

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