seeds Karim Abdel Gawad and Yathreb Adel took home the menís and womenís
Golootlo Pakistan Open Squash Championships titles Ė held at the DA
Creek Club in Karachi, respectively.
Former World No.1 Gawad claimed his first PSA title since the 2017
Houston Open after he defeated Peruís World No.11 Diego Elias in
straight-games at the PSA Bronze event.
The Egyptian was in strong form throughout the week to live up to his
number one seed billing and the ĎBaby-faced Assassiní did not disappoint
in the final as he overcame Elias Ė who has been enjoying a strong
season Ė by an 11-4, 11-2, 11-8 scoreline in 38 minutes.
Gawad and Elias will now both head to Cairo, Egypt where they will
feature in the final PSA Menís Platinum tournament of the year Ė the CIB
Black Ball Squash Open.
Meanwhile in the womenís PSA Challenger Tour event, it was top seed Adel
who prevailed against compatriot Nadine Shahin.
Adel has been performing strongly in the 2018/19 season and continued
that progress as she dispatched Shahin in straight-games, taking just 21
minutes to win 11-5, 11-9, 11-8.
The win marks Adelís ninth PSA title and her first since winning the
Salt Lake City Open at the beginning of this year.
Golootlo Pakistan Open Squash Championships get under way tomorrow in
Karachi with former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad heading up the menís
PSA World Tour Bronze draw between November 28 Ė December 2 at the DA
Gawad, who lifted the PSA World Championship trophy back in 2016, is
looking to win his first PSA Tour title since prevailing at the Houston
Open 19 months ago.
The 27-year-old, known on tour as the ĎBaby-Faced Assassiní has slipped
down the rankings in 2018 and currently sits at World No.9, while he is
yet to win a title this season.
Gawad has recorded two semi-final finishes at the Oracle NetSuite Open
and Channel VAS Championships over the past month and, as the
highest-ranked player in the menís draw, will be favourite to take the
title and the lionís share of the $53,000 prize fund.
But heíll face some stern tests along the way, with Peruís Diego Elias
in particular one of the standout names in the draw.
The World No.12 has emerged as a big threat after taking out World No.1
Mohamed ElShorbagy in Qatar earlier this month and is targeting title
success for the first time since the 2016 Edmonton Open.
Elias is seeded to play Gawad in the final but could come up against
No.3 seed Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in the semiís.
Al Tamimi has had some mixed results this season Ė with quarter-finals
at the China Open and QSF No.1 representing his best displays so far Ė
but is a tricky opponent on his day and will be targeting a deep run
into this event.
Malaysiaís Nafiizwan Adnan will be a dark horse for the menís title. The
World No.39 lost out to eventual runner-up Mohamed Abouelghar last year
and will be looking to improve on that quarter-final exit this time
The Pakistan Open also features a womenís PSA Challenger Tour event and
Egyptís Yathreb Adel will top the draw. The World No.24 shocked World
No.7 Laura Massaro last week at the Hong Kong Open and will have her
sights set on a ninth PSA title in Pakistan.
Adelís fellow Egyptian Nadine Shahin is seeded second and could come up
against Adel in the title decider for what would be only their second
meeting on the PSA Tour.
World No.32 Zeina Mickawy makes it an Egyptian trio at the top of the
seedings, while Hong Kongís Liu Tsz-Ling will also be looking to get her
hands on the trophy.
Round one begins on Wednesday November 28 and play gets under way at
12:00 local time (GMT-5).