Karim Darwish
(Egy) bt  Ramy Ashour (Egy)
16/14, 11/3, 5/1 rtd (52m)
Darwish takes title as Ramy limps out
Egyptian winner was already guaranteed in the inaugural El Gouna
Open, so the crowd were happy in that sense, and they saw forty
minutes of excellent squash as Ramy Ashour and Karim Darwish
battled it out for the title.
come from 10/7 down to take a high-quality first game, Darwish
took the lead 16/14, and held a slender 4/3 advantage in the
second when Ramy went forward for a ball, slipped and writhed in
agony on the ground.
a three-minute injury break – which was more than doubled as the
court was rigorously swept – he returned to court, but his
movement was clearly hampered.
reeled off seven quick points to take the second, and quickly
went 5/1 up in the third with Ramy making token efforts when any
movement was involved.
As Ramy bent over, Darwish, tired of waiting, served. Ramy saw
the ball go past him, and walked across to shake his opponent’s
was really focussing in the first and second games, I had a
feeling I was going to make it tonight, all my shots were sharp
and I was feeling confident.
“It’s a real pity it had to finish like that, I feel sorry for
Ramy, I hope he recovers in time for the other tournaments
“I’m really happy to win this tournament, it’s an important one
for me. Thanks to all the sponsors, particularly Orascom
Developments, and my own sponsors. And to Amr Mansi, he’s done a
great job putting on a big tournament like this for his first