Gawad Wins Houston Open

l-r: Karim Abdel Gawad, Andre Maur, Tarek Momen

Egpyt’s soon-to-be world No. 1, Karim Abdel Gawad, won his second PSA Tour title on U.S. soil this season, the $70,000 Life Time Houston Open at Life Time Athletic in Texas.

The men’s world champion progressed through the draw with four, four-game wins. The draw saw four Egyptians advance to the semifinals including Gawad, four seed Fares Dessouki, three seed Tarek Momen and eight seed Mohamed Abouelghar.

Gawad defeated Momen in Sunday’s fifty-nine-minute final 11-6, 5-11, 11-6. The tile marks Gawad’s second on U.S. soil this season in addition to the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in January, and fifth of the season on the PSA Tour.

“I’m really happy to be playing this well since August,” Gawad told tournament director Andre Maur. “It’s important for me to keep winning and playing my best squash as much as I can. It’s really tough to do, but it’s part of our game and we all have to do it. I won here in January, and of course this tournament so I love playing on this court in Houston. Thanks to all of the sponsors and organizers for putting on this great event. Looking forward to coming back next year.”

Gawad is set to take over the world No. 1 ranking in May, which will mark the twenty-five-year-old’s first time ascending to the world’s top ranking.