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Tuominen Takes Title After Finnish Open Marathon

Savcor Finnish Open 2013
Men's Draw

06-11 Feb Mikkeli, $15k
Round One
08 Feb 
09 Feb
10 Feb
11 Feb
[1] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
15/13, 11/9, 7/11, 11/8 (48m)
[Q] Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
Olli Tuominen
11-4, 11-5, 11-7 (36m)
Henrik Mustonen
Olli Tuominen
7-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 (43m)
Rasmus Nielsen
Olli Tuominen
10-12, 11-6, 12-14, 12-10, 11-8 (112m)
 Karim Abdel Gawad
Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
11/2, 15/13, 11/6 (19m)
[LL] Joan Lezaud (Fra)
Eddie Charlton (Eng)
13/11, 9/11, 11/9, 11/6 (65m)
[Q] Rasmus Nielsen (Den)
Rasmus Nielsen
11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (20m)
 Jan Koukal
Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
11/5, 11/9, 3/11, 11/6 (44m)
[4] Jan Koukal (Cze)
[3] Karim Ali Fathi (Egy)
11/8, 11/6, 11/9 (46m)
Mazen Hesham (Egy)
Karim Ali Fathi
9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 (71m)
Steve Finitsis
Karim Ali Fathi
11-7, 11-3, 11-5 (30m)
 Karim Abdel Gawad
Steve Finitsis (Aus)
11/9, 4/11, 11/3, 11/3 (37m)
[Q] Evan Williams (Nzl)
Chris Ryder (Eng)
5/11, 12/10, 11/4, 11/0 (30m)
[Q] Mohammed Abouelghar (Egy)
Mohammed Abouelghar
12-10, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4 (44m)
 Karim Abdel Gawad
Andrew Wagih (Egy)
11/8, 11/6, 11/5 (28m)
[2] Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)

Tuominen Takes Title After Finnish Open Marathon

Finn veteran Olli Tuominen had to survive the longest recorded match of his career to win his fifth title at the Savcor Finnish Open Squash Championship in Mikkeli, Finland.

The 33-year-old former world No13 - in his 17th year on the PSA World Tour - was facing 21-year-old Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad in the climax of the long-established PSA Challenger 15 event at Shopping Center Stella for the second year in a row.

Twelve months ago, Tuominen triumphed in four games over the young Egyptian who began his professional career only four years earlier - and who was then ranked almost 20 places below the Helsinki hero.

Today, the pair sit alongside each other in the PSA world list - Tuominen at No23 and Gawad at 24.

The Cairo underdog twice led, and both times local hero Tuominen delighted the crowd by drawing level - the fourth game being the third of the match to go to a tie-break!

"Both players had their moments and the outcome was not to be predicted until the last ball was played," reported event spokesman Poku Salo. "In the end it was Olli who came out as the winner and secured his fifth Finnish Open title."

Tuominen earned his 10-12, 11-6, 12-14, 12-10, 11-8 title triumph in 112 minutes - the longest Tour match of his career, but interestingly only the third longest of his young opponent!

The victory takes Tuominen's Tour title tally to 12.

Tuominen & Gawad In Repeat Finnish Final

Top seeds Olli Tuominen and Karim Abdel Gawad will meet in the final of the Savcor Finnish Open in a repeat of the 2012 climax of the long-established PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event at Shopping Center Stella in Mikkeli, Finland.

Home hero Tuominen, the top seed from Helsinki bidding for his fifth title, dropped the first game against surprise semi-finalist Rasmus Nielsen, a qualifier from Denmark.

"In the second game, Tuominen got his game under control and he took the three following games quite comfortably," reported event spokesman Poku Salo.

The 7-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 victory in 43 minutes takes the 33-year-old defending champion into his 19th PSA Tour final.

Gawad, the 21-year-old second seed from Egypt, made his way to the final with a straightforward straight games victory over teenage compatriot Karim Ali Fathi 11-7, 11-3, 11-5 in 30 minutes.

World No24 Gawad - now ranked just a single place behind Tuominen - is celebrating the 11th Tour final of his career.

Tuominen Takes Out Fellow Finn In Mikkeli

Defending champion Olli Tuominen marched into the semi-finals of the Savcor Finnish Open after taking out fellow Finn Henrik Mustonen in straight games in the quarter-finals of the long-established PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event at Shopping Center Stella in Mikkeli, Finland.

"The long-awaited clash between Finland's top two players did not leave any doubts who is the number one," said event spokesman Poku Salo. "Tuominen came on court well-prepared and concentrated, took the balls early and put pressure on Mustonen, who had his moments in the third game when leading 5-3 and 7-6.

"That was how far Mustonen came, as Tuominen took the next five points and the match."

The 11-4, 11-5, 11-7 victory takes Tuominen, the world No23 from Helsinki who is looking for his fifth title, through to meet surprise opponent Rasmus Nielsen.

The Danish qualifier made sure of Nordic interest in the final when he upset fourth-seeded Czech Jan Koukal 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 in just 20 minutes.

Second seed Karim Abdel Gawad endured two tough games against qualifier Mohamed Abouelghar before beating his fellow Egyptian 12-10, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4 in 44 minutes to keep alive his hopes of reaching the final for a second successive year.

Gawad will now take on his third compatriot in the event when he faces Karim Ali Fathi, the No3 seed from Cairo who recovered from a game down to beat Australian Steven Finitsis 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 in a long and entertaining 71-minute match.

Finns Flourish In Mikkeli

The opening day's action in the Savcor Finnish Open produced the dream quarter-final clash when the two top-ranked Finns Olli Tuominen and Henrik Mustonen prevailed in the first round of the long-established PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event at Shopping Center Stella in Mikkeli, Finland.

Top seed Tuominen was tested by qualifier Aqeel Rehman from Austria. "It took four hard-fought games before Tuominen secured the victory," said event spokesman Poku Salo of the 15-13, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8 victory in 48 minutes which takes the defending and four-time champion through to meet Mustonen, the Finnish number two.

Mustonen, ranked almost 30 places below his Helsinki rival, faced lucky loser Joan Lezaud - and beat the Frenchman 11-2, 15-13, 11-6 in 19 minutes.

Nordic interest was unexpectedly boosted by Rasmus Nielsen, a qualifier from Denmark who upset England's Eddie Charlton 13-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6 in 65 minutes.

A second qualifier made it through to the last eight when 19-year-old Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar recovered from a game down to beat experienced Englishman Chris Ryder, a 32-year-old former world No33, 5-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-0.

Nielsen moves on to face fourth-seeded Czech Jan Koukal, while Abouelghar now takes on fellow countryman Karim Abdel Gawad, the No2 seed who ousted compatriot Andrew Wagih Shoukry 11-8, 11-6, 11-5.