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Edmonton Open 2015

Edmonton Open 2015
23-28 Nov
Edmonton, Canada, $35k
Round One
25 Nov
26 Nov
27 Nov
28 Nov
[1] Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
11/8, 11/8, 11/3 (30m)
[Q] Arturo Salazar (Mex)
Karim Abdel Gawad
 11/6, 11/6, 8/11, 11/6 (42m)
Laurens Jan Anjema
Karim Abdel Gawad
13/11, 11/6, 11/9 (39m)
Cesar Salazar
Karim Abdel Gawad
10/12, 11/6 11/8, 11/9 (87m)
Mohamed Abouelghar


[5] Alister Walker (Bat)
12/10, 11/4, 11/6 (41m)
Laurens Jan Anjema
[8] Alfredo Avila (Mex)
 11/6, 9/11, 11/7, 14/12 (61m)
[Q] Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
Alfredo Avila
11/4, 11/8, 11/8 (39m)
Cesar Salazar
[4] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
11/13, 11/4, 11/6, 11/5 (36m)
[wc] Shahier Razik (Can)
Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
14/12, 12/10, 7/11, 11/7 (62m)
[3] Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
Nicolas Mueller
 4/11, 10/12, 11/7, 11/9, 11/9 (66m)
[7] Diego Elias
Nicolas Mueller
11/6, 11/7, 14/12 (30m)
Mohamed Abouelghar
[Q] Andrew Schnell (Can)
11/6, 11/6, 11/9 (38m)
[7] Diego Elias (Per)
[Q] Chris Gordon (Usa)
6/11, 11/3, 11/7, 8/11, 11/3 (44m)
[6] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)
Mohamed Abouelghar
11/7, 11/8, 12/14, 10/12, 11/6 (71m)
[2] Chris Simpson
Karim Ali Fathi (Egy)
11/8, 12/10, 11/4 (45m)
[2] Chris Simpson (Eng)
Qualifying Finals:
Chris Gordon (Usa) 3-2 Shajahan Khan (Pak) 7/11, 11/8, 11/5, 7/11, 11/6 (78m)
Andrew Schnell (Can) 3-0 Mike McCue (Can) 11/9, 11/6, 11/5 (37m)
Arturo Salazar (Mex) 3-0 Chris Hanson (Usa) 11/5, 11/7, 11/4 (46m)
Jaymie Haycocks (Eng) 3-0 Matthew Serediak (Can) 11/3, 11/4, 11/4 (25m)

Gawad Captures Edmonton Open Title

Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad secured the biggest title of his career after coming from behind to secure victory over compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar in the final of the Reidbuilt Homes Edmonton Open, PSA M35 event.

The World No.10 came into the final off the back of a straight games victory over Cesar Salazar while Abouelghar stunned number two seed Chris Simpson before defeating Nicolas Mueller in the quarter-final and semi-final, respectively to seal his spot in the showpiece event.

Both players caught the eye at the recent PSA Men’s World Championship with some fine displays there and, despite both players bowing out at the hands of fellow Egyptian Ramy Ashour, they continued their penchant for attacking, attractive squash into the event in Canada.

Abouelghar took the opener after a number of punishing drives allowed him to move Gawad out of position and he won it narrowly on the tie-break before a consistent Gawad levelled things up in the second.

The pair traded points back and forth in the following two games with Gawad proving to be the slightly more accurate of the two, completing a 10-12, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 victory in 87 minutes to lift a fourth PSA World Tour title of 2015.

“I’m delighted to win my 12th PSA World Tour title and also the biggest title of my career so far,” said Gawad.

“It’s very nice to finish the year with a win.”
Anjema Halts Walker In Edmonton Open

Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema upset the seedings on day one of the 2015 ReidBuilt Homes Edmonton Open to down number five seed Alister Walker in straight-games to set up a quarter-final encounter with top seed and in form Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad.

Anjema came through qualification but failed to progress past the first round of last week’s 2015 World Championship but he showed signs of continue improvement from a series of recent injuries as he answered everything Walker threw at him in the first game, breaking the Botswana’s spirit in the process as he surged to a 3-0 win.

Anjema will now face Gawad, who took maverick Egyptian Ramy Ashour close at the World Champs, after he easily dispatched Mexican qualifier Arturo Salazar while number two seed Chris Simpson enjoyed a similarly straight-forward win over Karim Ali Fathi.

Number three seed Nicolas Mueller was forced to use all of his experience and guile to come through a gruelling battle with Campbell Grayson, taking the first two game on tie-break before eventually prevailing 3-1, and will now face the daunting challenge of World Junior Champion Diego Elias, after the Peruvian saw off Andrew Schnell 3-0.