Celebrates Swiss Open Success
PSA Challenger 5 Swiss Open, Geneva, Switzerland
teenager Karim Ali Fathi, the No4 seed, became the surprise winner of the
Swiss Open title in Geneva without facing any higher-ranked
opponents in the 39th staging of the established PSA World Tour Challenger 5
event at the Geneva Squash Club.
18-year-old from Cairo, the youngest player in the tournament, beat France's
Geoffrey Demont in the quarter-finals and German Andre Haschker in
the semis - both unseeded - before facing surprise opponent Lucas Serme,
also a non-seed, in the final.
Serme, a 20-year-old from Creteil studying at University in Bristol in the UK,
despatched England's No3 seed Jaymie Haycocks in the opening round and
claimed his biggest scalp in the semi-finals where he ousted second-seeded
Dutchman Dylan Bennett.
Serme opened up a 2/1 lead over the Egyptian in the final as he looked to be
heading towards his third upset in the event.
But Ali Fathi
raised his game to defeat Serme 11-5, 9-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-6 to become the first
Egyptian winner of the prestigious title since 2006.
"It was a
tough match," said the Egyptian's coach Philip Whitlock. "But Karim got
off to a good start in the fifth and stayed in front all of that game."
success, his second Tour title of the year, marked a notable double triumph for
former England international Whitlock who not only coaches the Egyptian but also
his daughter Emily Whitlock, winner of the women's Swiss Open trophy.
 Bradley Hindle (MLT) bt [Q] Norman Junge (GER) 11-4, 11-3,
Andre Haschker (GER) bt [Q] Jerome Dadot (FRA) 11-8, 11-2, 11-4
Geoffrey Demont (FRA) bt Jonas Daehler (SUI) 12-10, 11-2, 11-2
 Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt [Q] Carsten Schoor (GER) 11-8, 11-2,
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt  Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 10-12, 11-8, 11-8,
Sebastiaan Weenink (NED) bt Antoine-Camille Petrucci (FRA) 13-11,
1-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-6
Leandro Romiglio Fernandez (ESP) bt [Q] James Simpson (ENG) 11-5,
 Dylan Bennett (NED) bt Cedric Kuchen (SUI) 11-5, 11-8, 11-1
Andre Haschker (GER) bt  Bradley Hindle (MLT) 8-11, 11-6 ret.
 Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt Geoffrey Demont (FRA) 11-5, 11-4,
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Sebastiaan Weenink (NED) 11-6, 12-10, 11-8
 Dylan Bennett (NED) bt Leandro Romiglio Fernandez (ESP) 7-11,
11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9
 Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt Andre Haschker (GER) 11-6, 11-4, 11-6
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt  Dylan Bennett (NED) 11-9, 14-12, 11-8
 Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 11-5, 9-11, 7-11,