The 2017 El Gouna International Squash Open, World Series tournament is always an incredible place to take to the court — especially if you’re Gregory Gaultier. The 34-year-old World No.1 took to the court with World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad, who as in his element on the banks of the Egypt’s Red Sea.
The International was held at the New Marina on the banks and was attended by squash enthusiasts who have been keeping track of Egypt’s Gawad and Gaultier, who has been on fire for the last few months.
The Frenchman defeated Gawad in the finals in an incredible display, resulting in a 3-0 win — something extraordinarily difficult to do at the final stage of a tournament against a player like Karim Abdel Gawad. This win has meant Gaultier has lifted his fourth successive title.
Road to Victory: Redemption
Gregory Gaultier will lose his World No.1 ranking to Gawad in May 2017, despite his win in the El Gouna International. However, it is the victory that means the most to this Frenchman — last year in the 2016 El Gouna International, Gaultier played World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy and lost — but this time around, he played an incredible 51-minute shutout and came out victorious.
Another First for the Record Books
The 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 victory (51 m) has lifted him to his 38th career PSA World Tour title, and he has become the first non-Egyptian winner of the World Series Tournament.
Gregory Gaultier has been doing some incredible things on the court as of late, and his persistence has paid of tremendously. It is his fourth successive PSA World Tour title after his incredible line of victories at: the Windy City Open, the Swedish Open, and the British Open — his current unbeaten run of 19 matches is also the longest of his personal, glittering 17-year career.
Things are coming up roses for Mr. Gaultier.
Road to Dubai
The PSA players have been keeping their eyes on their PSA Road to Dubai standings for the last few months and a few players have been jockeying favor to take the number one spot. However, in a surprising turn, many who looked like they were headed for number one did not.
This victory at the El Gouna International, however, sees Gaultier finish second on the Men’s PSA Road to Dubai Standings — only five points behind Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad — and despite having played one less tournament than him.
Personally, this is an incredible year for Gregory Gaultier and his No.2 standing is nothing to be ashamed of with the way he has been dominating the courts in 2017.
PSA Dubai World Series Finals
Only the top eight players on the standings will qualify for the coveted spots in the squash season-ending PSA Dubai World Series Finals. This event will take place from June 6 to June 10 and guess who is the defending champion? You got it — Frenchman Gregory Gaultier.
He is one of the strong favorites to take and retain his title at Dubai and we know that it will be one hell of a tournament to watch.