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
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.
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.
pair sit alongside each other in the PSA world list - Tuominen at No23 and Gawad
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
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."
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!
takes Tuominen's Tour title tally to 12.
Gawad In Repeat Finnish Final
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.
Tuominen, the top seed from Helsinki bidding for his fifth title, dropped the
first game against surprise semi-finalist Rasmus Nielsen, a qualifier
"In the second
game, Tuominen got his game under control and he took the three following games
quite comfortably," reported event spokesman Poku Salo.
11-6, 11-2, 11-4 victory in 43 minutes takes the 33-year-old defending champion
into his 19th PSA Tour final.
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.
Gawad - now ranked just a single place behind Tuominen - is celebrating the 11th
Tour final of his career.
Takes Out Fellow Finn In Mikkeli
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.
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.
how far Mustonen came, as Tuominen took the next five points and the match."
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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
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.
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
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.
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.