Egypt crowned Squash World Team champions

MARSEILLE: Egypt were crowned 25th WSF Men’s World Team Squash champions after thrashing holders England 2-0 in the final played here on Sunday

World champion Karim Abdel Gawad started the proceedings for the top seeds against Nick Matthew, who was struggling with hamstring injury. Gawad was at his level best and never allowed Matthew any chance to show his power and won the first game 11-9. He took the second game 11-3 and soon it was all over as Gawad wrapped up the match by winning the third game 11-7 in 34 minutes. Egypt was enjoying massive crowd support, unlike in the semifinals the other day, when Hong Kong was enjoying all-out backing of the spectators.

In the second match, current US Open champion Ali Faraq was up against James Willstrop, but cool Ali was too hot to handle for Willstrop. Ali took the first game 11-5 and won the second game 11-9 to take unassailable 2-0 lead. Ali then simply routed Willstrop in the third game, winning it 11-5 to register a memorable victory for Egypt.

Egypt regained their title after a gap of four years, as last time, the mega event was called off due to uncertain situation in Egypt, who were hosting the event in 2015. Egypt lost title in France in 2013 and they won at very same country in 2017. The wild celebrations broke out as soon as Ali won the last point, as not only coaches, players but also the spectators also rushed to the venue to congratulate Ali and the entire Egyptian squad.

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