Egypt’s World No.18 Farida Mohamed has captured the biggest title of her career after she toppled No.1 seed Tinne Gilis to win the inaugural RMCLUB Women's Open 2022 Presented by Expression Networks.
It is Mohamed’s first PSA Challenger Tour 30 trophy after she completed an 11-7, 6-11, 13-11, 6-11, 11-5 victory in 51 minutes against World No.15 Gilis.
The match featured a similar pattern of play throughout each game with both players preferring to go short whenever the opportunity presented itself.
This suited Mohamed as she powered into a one-game lead after just seven minutes. Gilis looked off the pace early on and made a number of errors in the opening game, but the Belgian looked more like her usual self in the second game as she improved to draw level.
Both players began to find the back corners with more regularity in the third game, and while this initially benefitted Gilis – who earned an 8-6 lead – Mohamed was able to reel her opponent back in to force a tie-break, which she eventually snuck to restore her advantage.
The fourth went the way of Gilis, with the top seed dominating proceedings to set up a grandstand finish. But Mohamed kept her focus in the decider to seal a win which sees the Egyptian pick up her fifth PSA title.
“No one would believe that before I came here everyone wanted me to pull out of this tournament because of my leg,” said Mohamed.
“I’ve been injured for a month and a half now, my hamstring and my hip. I finally found a way to fix it in the past two days. It was feeling better, but at the end my deep heat was done and I had to put ice spray on it, it went cold again and it felt so bad.
“I managed to make it and it is such a relief, to be honest.
“My coach knows very well that I wanted to win this tournament very badly. Not everyone believed I could do it, so it was such a relief. It’s over and now I’m going into a break with a win.
“Tinne has been playing amazing squash lately and she’s improved so much. It feels amazing to win my biggest title at the end of the season and finish this way. It’s going to give me confidence because I haven’t been in top form today and this week because of my leg as I wasn’t able train very well.”
 Farida Mohamed (EGY) bt  Tinne Gilis (BEL) 3-2: 11-7, 6-11, 13-11, 6-11, 11-5 (51m)