Gaultier takes the title at last

PSA Men’s World Championships 2015, FINAL:

 [3] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 3-0 [7] Omar Mosaad (Egy)  11-6, 11-7, 12-10 (58m)

Greg takes the title at last

SP_12817Appearing in his fifth final, France’s Gregory Gaultier finally captured the World Title that had thus far eluded hime with a straight games win over Egypt’s Omar Mosaad in the final at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

Gaultier controlled the first game, pulled away at the end of the second, led 7-4 in the third before a spirited comeback from Mosaad earned the Egytian two game balls. Gaultier was not to be denied though, not this time, and he took four points in a row to become the 2015 World Champion.

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SP_12783The new World Champion will be crowned today at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, as Gregory Gaultier and Omar Mosaad meet in the biggest match in squash, aiming to get their name engraved on this trophy.

SP_12779Frenchman Gaultier, aged 32 and seeded #3 and ranked #3 in the world, is playing his 14th successive World Championship and has been in the final four times before, losing out in the 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2013 climaxes.

SP_12750Egypt’s Mosaad, 27, seeded and ranked #7, is playing his 10th event in a row and has never previously gone past the third round.

They’ve met seven times before, and Gaultier has won all of them, including last year’s third round  and last month’s U.S. Open final. Mosaad’s tally from those seven matches is just three games, so Gaultier has to start strong favourite to finally claim the world title. Bet365 list Gaultier at 1/6, Mosaad at 7/2.

Should he do so he will be the second Frenchman to have his name on the trophy, after Thierry Lincou’s 2004 success. Mosaad will be aiming to keep the trophy in Egyptian hands – since Amr Shabana’s first triumph in 2003 Egypt has claimed the title seven times.

Route to the Final:
Gaultier: Serme 3-0, Meguid 3-0, Fathi 3-0, Farag 3-2, Willstrop 3-0
Mosaad: Zaman 3-1, Adnan 3-2, Golan 3-1, Ashour 3-2, Momen 3-0

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As usual we’ll have all the details here on Today, and you can follow on our Live Scores and Squash TV streaming page. Hopefully you’ll be able to watch live on TV too, check your local listings for details.

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