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Mosaad Survives Marathon To Win St Louis Title

Racquet Club Invitational 2010
11-16 Jan, St Louis, USA, $15k
Round One
12 Jan
14 Jan
15 Jan
16 Jan
[1] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 11-3
[Q] Jethro Binns (Wal)
Omar Mosaad
11-8, 11-6, 11-7
David Phillips
Omar Mosaad
6-11, 4-11, 12-10, 11-3, 5-2 ret.
 Mohammed Abbas
Omar Mosaad
11-4, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5 (125m)
Shahier Razik
David Phillips (Can)
11-2, 11-7, 11-8
[Q] Mark Heather (Eng)
[3] Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
11-6, 12-10, 11-13, 11-1
Adrian Waller (Eng)
Ali Anwar Reda
6-11, 11-3, 5-11, 11-9, 12-10
Mohammed Abbas
[8] Mohammed Abbas (Egy)
11-3, 11-3, 11-4
Shawn Delierre (Can)
[Q] Matthew Serediak (Can)
 11-2, 11-4, 11-6
[6] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
[6] Mathieu Castagnet
11-9, 14-12, 10-12, 11-8
Amr Swelim
Amr Swelim
11-7, 11-7, 11-6
Shahier Razik
Shaun Le Roux (Eng)
11-9, 11-7, 14-12
[4] Amr Swelim (Ita)
Joe Lee (Eng)
11-9, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8
[5] Yasir Butt (Pak)
Joe Lee
 11-8, 11-8, 11-6
Shahier Razik
[Q] James Snell (Eng)
11-8, 11-8, 11-2
[2] Shahier Razik (Can)

Mosaad Survives Marathon To Win St Louis Title


Egyptian Omar Mosaad won his second PSA World Tour title of the year - and the longest squash match of his career - when he beat Canadian Shahier Razik in the final of the $15,000 Racquet Club Invitational at The Racquet Club in St Louis, USA.


It was the pair's second meeting in a Tour final in a week - but while the 21-year-old from Cairo clinched the KIG Open crown in Los Angeles in four games, second seed Razik extended the encounter to five games in St Louis.


Top seed Mosaad twice took the lead - and both times 32-year-old Razik fought back to draw level.


But, despite Razik's reputation as a winner of marathon matches, it was world No23 Mosaad that finally emerged triumphant after 125 minutes, winning 11-4, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5 to earn the fifth Tour title of his career.


Mosaad & Razik To Contest St Louis Final


Top seeds Omar Mosaad and Shahier Razik will contest the final of the Racquet Club Invitational after surviving contrasting semi-finals in the $15,000 PSA World Tour squash event at The Racquet Club in St Louis, USA.


Canadian Razik, the second seed from Toronto, eased into his second Tour final of the year when he beat fellow Cairo-born Amr Swelim, the fourth seed representing Italy, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6.


But favourite Omar Mosaad, fresh from winning the KIG Open in Los Angeles - where he beat Razik in the final - dropped the first two games against experienced Egyptian compatriot Mohammed Abbas and was taken to a tie-break in the third.


Seventh seed Abbas, a former world No13 from Giza, made his breakthrough in the previous round where he despatched defending champion Mohd Ali Anwar Reda, the third seed also from Egypt, in five games.


But 29-year-old Abbas was unable to stop the younger Mosaad taking the third and fourth games to draw level - and then had to concede the match midway through the decider as the result of an injury, leaving Mosaad the victor in a 6-11, 4-11, 12-10, 11-3, 5-2 (ret.) scoreline.