RESULTS: PSA International 25 Pittsburgh Open, Pittsburgh, United States
Retains Pittsburgh Open Title
Egyptian World No.20 Karim Abdel Gawad ensured the Pittsburgh Open title
remained in his grasp for the second consecutive year following an
impressive 3-1 win over number four seed Alan Clyne in the finale of the
first PSA International 25 event of 2015.
Gawad, the 23-year-old from Alexandria, was a surprise victor in 2014
when he beat then top seed Alister Walker in the final but he went into
the 2015 edition as firm favourite and put in an impressive performance
against Clyne, the Scottish World No.36, to take the spoils.
It was the Scotsman who got off to the better start in the
title-decider, taking the opening game courtesy of a tie-break, but
Gawad dug in and reversed his fortunes to take the second game and level
the match. From then on Gawad’s style won out and he took advantage of a
tiring Clyne in the final game to earn his ninth PSA World Tour title.
Clyne had to overcome tournament surprise package Charles Sharpes to
book his place in the finale after the 22-year-old English World No.69
belied his ranking with some superb performances, notably taking out
number two seed Alister Walker in the tournament’s opening round before
defeating fellow qualifier Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, who had shocked
number seven seed Mahesh Mangaonkar, in the quarter-finals to set up his
semi-final with Clyne.