File- Karim Abdel Gawad, photo courtesy of Squash Site
CAIRO – 10 December 2018: Al-Ahly Squash player, Karim Abdel Gawad, defeated his Egyptian fellow, Ali Farag, 3-1 on Sunday night to achieve Black Ball Squash championship title.
Abdel Gawad deprived his opponent from clinching the world ranking top as Farag needed to win the competition to become the new World No.1 for the first time in his career.
“Karim had a great game and he deserved to win.” Farag told ONSport after the game.
Abdel Gawad has had an amazing run in the tournament defeating World No.1, Mohamed El Shorbagy and World No. 4, Tarek Moamen at quarter finals and semi finals respectively.
Abdel Gawad told press after winning the title“It was a tough game against a great player. I had a difficult time earlier this season but I trained so hard to regain my form and it paid off.”
Black ball tournament is one of the major squash competitions with prizes worth $180,000.
A total of 48 players battled for the title including 17 Egyptian players and many Squash stars like Germany’s Simon Rösner, Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez and New Zealand's Paul Coll who come among the top 10 players in the world.
Black ball Squash Women’s Tournament is set to take place in March and is expected to be among the biggest tournaments in the world.