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PSA: Gaultier races to Mexico title

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The finalists in Mexico

Gaultier Grabs Quickest Title In Mexico

5 November 2012

RESULTS: PSA International 70 Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas, Toluca, Mexico

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (21m)

Final:Gregory Gaultier notched up the 22nd PSA World Tour squash title of his career at the inaugural Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas – but the Frenchman’s 21-minute victory over world No11 Omar Mosaad in Mexico was his quickest title triumph on record, by a significant margin!

The PSA International 70 championship is the biggest Tour event ever to be held in Mexico – and was staged in spectacular style on an all-glass court sited in the Plaza de los Martires in Toluca, overlooked by the city’s historic cathedral.

World No3 Gaultier reached the final – his third in a row on the Tour – in stunning form. After arriving in Mexico fresh from victory in the NetSuite Open in San Francisco – also a PSA International 70 event – the 29-year-old from Aix-en-Provence conceded just two games en-route to the Toluca climax.

By contrast, Egyptian Mosaad was taken to five games in his two previous matches – first beating No2 seed Karim Darwishin a 64-minute quarter-final upset, then overcoming German number one Simon Rosner in a 75-minute semi.

The experienced Gaultier clearly took full advantage – crushing the tall 24-year-old from Cairo 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 to extend his unbeaten run over Mosaad to four wins in 30 months.

Over the past 11 years, Gaultier has won PSA Tour titles all over the globe, from home soil in France through to the USA, Qatar, Pakistan, Macau and now Mexico. At least ten of his final victories have taken more than an hour – one recorded at 84 minutes – but his Toluca triumph is the first achieved in less than half an hour!

Mosaad Ends Rosner Run In Mexico

4 November 2012

RESULTS: PSA International 70 Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas, Toluca, Mexico

Semi-finals:
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [4] Peter Barker (ENG) 11-1, 11-4, 11-1 (37m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Simon Rosner (GER) 9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (75m)

Unseeded Egyptian Omar Mosaad earned an unexpected place in the final of the Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas – but had to fight back from two games down to end fellow non-seed Simon Rosner‘s run in Mexico.

The PSA World Tour International 70 squash championship is the biggest Tour event ever to be held in Mexico – and is being staged in spectacular style on an all-glass court sited in the Plaza de los Martires in Toluca, overlooked by the city’s historic cathedral

World No11 Mosaad claimed his place in the semi-finals after upsetting Cairo compatriot Karim Darwish, the event’s No2 seed.

But it was German number one Rosner, the new world No16, who had the initial upper hand in the semi – before Mosaad held his nerve in the next three games to take them all by a two-point margin to win 9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 after 75 minutes.

Celebrating his 19th appearance in a Tour final, Mosaad now faces favourite Gregory Gaultier.

The world No3 lined up against No4 seed Peter Barker – against whom he boasted a pre-match 9/2 head-to-head advantage, but to whom he lost in their most recent clash in the British Open in May.

But Frenchman Gaultier rapidly notched up his his tenth win – and made amends for his recent defeat to the Englishman by despatching Barker 11-1, 11-4, 11-1 in 37 minutes to reach his third successive PSA Tour final in less than four weeks.

Gaultier, winner of the NetSuite Open in San Francisco two weeks ago, looks to be in the form of his life – and, never having lost before to Mosaad, should confidently expect to convert the 48th Tour final of his career into his 22nd title.

For all the latest Tour news: www.psaworldtour.com

 

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