El Hammamy Wins Maiden PSA Title in Houston

El Hammamy (r) and Malhotra
El Hammamy (r) and Malhotra

Egyptian Karim El Hammamy secured the first PSA World Tour title of his career as he defeated Trinity graduate Vikram Malhotra in the $10,000 Segnatek Engineering Texas Open Squash Championship final at the Downtown Club at the Met in Houston.

The U.S. Pro Series season opener saw American top seed Chris Gordon upset in the first round against Mexican teenager Jesus Camacho in five games, opening up the top half of the draw. Sixth-seeded Hammamy, the 2013 world junior champion, shook up the bottom half of the draw by defeating English two seed Eddie Charlton in a five-game quarterfinal.

Trinity College had two alums in the semifinals in the form of Vikram Malhotra and Chris Binnie. Malhotra, the four seed from India, progressed to the final by defeating five seed Martin Knight in the quarters and eight seed Danish Atlas Khan in the Semis. Binnie, the seven seed from Jamaica, reached the other semifinal with two five-game victories. After losing the first game against Binnie, Hammamy clawed back to reach the final in four games.

In Sunday’s final, the 20-year-old Egyptian played with patience and precision, coming from behind in all three games, to see off Malhotra and claim his first silverware in 28 tournaments.

[6] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) bt [4] Vikram Malhotra (IND) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 12-10