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PSA: Olli wins Finnish final

Alan Thatcher February 14, 2012 No Comments

Savcor Finnish Open final: (1) Olli Tuominen (Finland) beat (3) Karim Abdel Gawad (Egypt) 11-5, 11-4, 5-11, 11-9.

Women’s final: Emily Whitlock (England) beat Siyoli Waters (South Africa) 11-6, 11-8, 11-3.

Tuominen Takes Title No4 In Finland

14 February 2012

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 15 Savcor Finnish Open, Mikkeli, Finland

Semi-finals:
[1] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 13-11, 11-6, 11-3 (44m)
[3] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8 (34m)
Final:
[1] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt [3] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 11-5, 11-4, 5-11, 11-9 (58m)

Local hero Olli Tuominen claimed his fourth Savcor Finnish Open title in five years when he defeated third seed Karim Abdel Gawad in the final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event at Shopping Center Stella in Mikkeli.

Top seed Tuominen reached the final – the 17th Tour final of his career – after overcoming unseeded New ZealanderCampbell Grayson in the previous round.

It was in the other semi that third seed Gawad held off the challenge of unseeded fellow Egyptian Omar Abdel Meguid.

The Finn got off to a flying start in the final, and managed to keep the speed high. Gawad, the world No42, was unable to challenge Tuominen in the first two games.

In the third, however, the 20-year-old from Cairo got into the game and took control – ultimately winning the game to reduce the deficit.

Tuominen fought back in the fourth to grab an early 5-1 lead. Gawad came back once again – but the four-point cushion was enough for the world No23 from Helsinki to take the game and the match 11-5, 11-4, 5-11, 11-9 in just under one hour.

The triumph marks 32-year-old Tuominen’s 11th PSA World Tour title.

 

Tuominen turns up the heat in the fnal

Emily Whitlock powers to the women's title

 

 

 

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Alan Thatcher

Lifelong sports journalist and squash lover. Event promoter, coach, author, voice artist. Founder of World Squash Day.

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