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Houston Open 2017


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Houston Open 2017
17 - 23 Apr
Texas, USA, $70k
Round One
19-20 apr
 22 apr
23 apr
[1] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
11-13, 11-4, 11-3, 11-7
[Q] Nasir Iqbal (PAK)
Karim Abdel Gawad
11-4, 4-11, 11-9, 11-9
Ryan Cuskelly
Karim Abdel Gawad
9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7
Fares Dessouky
Karim Abdel Gawad
11-6, 5-11, 11-8, 11-6 (49m)
Tarek Momen
[5] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
11-8, 11-2 ret.
Farhan Mehboob (PAK)
[7] Paul Coll (NZL)
11-7, 11-9, 11-9
Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
Paul Coll
11-13, 11-9, 11-7,
Fares Dessouky
[4] Fares Dessouky (EGY)
4-11, 11-4, 2-11, 11-8, 11-9
Campbell Grayson (NZL)
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY)
11-9, 11-4, 12-10
[Q] Reuben Phillips (ENG)
Tarek Momen
11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Tarek Momen
11-7, 11-9, 11-5
Mohamed Abouelghar
[6] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
12-10, 8-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-6
[Q] Arturo Salazar (MEX)
[8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
8-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5
[Q] Nathan Lake (ENG)
Mohamed Abouelghar
11-4, 11-6, 12-10
Mazen Hesham
[WC] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
11-2, 11-4, 13-11
[2] James Willstrop (ENG)

Qualifying finals:
Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt Clinton Leeuw (RSA) 11-9, 11-3, 11-3
Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt Peter Creed (WAL) 11-6, 11-7, 11-9
Nathan Lake (ENG) bt Alister Walker (BOT) 11-5, 7-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-4
Reuben Phillips (ENG) bt Shahid Hussain (PAK) 11-9, 11-9, 11-6

Gawad Defeats Momen to Lift Houston Open Crown

World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad captured his first PSA World Tour title since January after the 25-year-old defeated fellow Egyptian Tarek Momen in the final of the Life Time Hutkay.fit Houston Open, PSA M70 tournament.

Gawad, who will become the fifth Egyptian of all time to top the World Rankings next month, earned his place in the title decider courtesy of wins over Pakistani qualifier Nasir Iqbal, Australian No.1 Ryan Cuskelly and World No.9 Fares Dessouky.

World No.11 Momen, meanwhile, was appearing in his first Tour final since Decemberís Channel VAS Championship and defeated Reuben Phillips, former World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez and the in-form Mohamed Abouelghar en route to the final.

But it was Gawad who took the spoils courtesy of an 11-6, 5-11, 11-8, 11-6 victory at the Life Time Athletic Club to lift the fifth title of a trophy-laden season for the man from Giza.
Gawad To Face Momen In Houston Finale

Top seed Karim Abdel Gawad continued to cruise through the draw at the Life Time Fitness Hutkay.fit Houston Open to secure his place in the 2017 tournament decider, where he will take on compatriot Tarek Momen for the spoils.

Up against Fares Dessouky, who this month broke into the top ten for the first time in his career, Gawad recovered from a slow start that saw him drop the opening game 9-11 to come through a comfortable 3-1 winner.

Momen meanwhile was equally impressive as he swept aside Mohamed Abouelghar in straight games to reach his first tournament final since December 2016 - where he will be aiming to collect his first PSA title since 2014.
Egyptians Complete Clean Sweep

There was Egyptian domination during the quarter-finals of the Life Time Fitness Hutkay.fit Houston Open as number one seed Karim Abdel Gawad led a clean sweep alongside compatriots Fares Dessouky, Tarek Momen and Mohamed Abouelghar into the semi-finals of the PSA M70 tournament.

Gawad, who will next month overtake Gregory Gaultier atop the PSA World Rankings, battled through against tough Australian left-hander Ryan Cuskelly to prevail 3-1 and set up a last four showdown with Dessouky, the 22-year-old who impressed as he battled back from losing the opening game to defeat New Zealand's Paul Coll 3-1.

The bottom half of the draw saw Mohamed Abouelghar, who this month broke into the top 20 for the first time in his career, end the run of tournament Wildcard Mazen Hesham courtesy of a 3-0 victory - just 24 hours after Hesham had stunned former World No.1 James Willstrop.

Momen meanwhile came through a speedy and unorthodox affair with Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez, winning 3-1, to secure his place alongside Abouelghar in the semi-finals.
Hesham Scores Huge Win Over Willstrop

In just his second tournament since returning to competitive PSA World Tour action following a six month injury absence, Egyptian Mazen Hesham scored a major first round upset to knock former World No.1 James Willstrop out of the Life Time Fitness Hutkay.fit Houston Open, PSA M70 tournament.

Tournament wildcard Hesham, currently ranked World No.47, overcame a gap of 41 positions on the World Rankings to defeat Willstrop in straight games courtesy of his unorthodox style and maverick shot making abilities.

After taking the first two games for the loss of just six points the 23-year-old withstood a Willstrop resurgence to come through a tense third game tie-break and set up a quarter-final encounter with compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar - who squeezed past another Englishman, Nathan Lake, 3-2.

Tarek Momen made it a trio of Egyptian winners on the night as he dispatched Reuben Phillips in three while former World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez avoided another shock first round exit as he battled back from 2-1 down to defeat Mexican Arturo Salazar.
Seeds Prevail on Day One of Houston Open

There were no upsets to be found on the opening day of main draw action at the Life Time Fitness Hutkay.fit Houston Open as World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad led his fellow seeds into the quarter-final stage of the PSA M70 tournament taking place at the Life Time Athletic Club.

Gawad, the 25-year-old from Giza who will become World No.1 next month, found it tough going in the early stages of his first round encounter with Pakistani qualifier Nasir Iqbal - who was making his first Tour appearance in 14 months - and fell a game behind after losing on the tie-break.

But the talented Egyptian soon found his range to gain control of the match and he took the next three games without reply to record an 11-13, 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 victory.

Gawad will pit his wits against World No.14 Ryan Cuskelly in the last eight after Cuskellyís first round encounter with Farhan Mehboob was cut short due to an injury to the man from Pakistan, with Cuskelly - a semi-finalist here last year - two games up at the time.

The other quarter-final fixture in the top half of the draw will feature Egyptís World No.9 Fares Dessouky and World No.13 Paul Coll from New Zealand, with the pair set to contest a thrilling match in Houston as they battle for a share of the $70,000 prize fund - a $20,000 increase compared to last yearís tournament.

Dessouky only just snuck through against Collís compatriot, World No.39 Campbell Grayson, to take it 11-9 in the fifth, while Coll eased past World No.24 Zahed Mohamed to seal his quarter-final berth.