2019 FINALS : Welily and Gawad crowned in Cairo
Welily and Gawad crowned in Cairo
Raneem completes the Comeback, Gawad takes five
Raneem El Welily is the new World Tour Finals champion after completing a stunning comeback from two game down against Camille Serme.
The men’s final also went the distance, with Karim Abdel Gawad going two nil up before finally beating Mohamed Abouelghar in five.
The women’s final sees home favourite and top seed Welily, unbeaten in her four matches to date, up against France’s Serme, who battled past the in-form Nouran Gohar in the semi-finals.
They met in the Group matches with Welily prevailing 2-1, making it 6 mins in a row and a PSA career H2H of 16-3 since 2010. Their rivalry goes back further than that of course, they contested the World Junior Final in 2007!
The men’s final is also a repeat of a Group match, in which Abouelghar won 2-0 to top the group and eliminate top seed Ali Farag. Gawad, meanwhile, eliminated defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy in the semifinals.
Gawad leads the PSA H2H 7-5, but Abouelghar has won the last three.