In his second 112-minute marathon Malaysian encounter in three days, Egypt’s Omar Mosaad edged to victory over Englishman Adrian Grant in today’s final of the CIMB Nicol David KL Open to win the PSA World Tour International 50 event at Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur.
Mosaad’s first near-two-hour KL clash was in the opening round where the third seed from Cairo was stretched to five games by fellow countryman Tarek Momen.
Londoner Grant had also had his fair share of lengthy battles on the all-glass court at the Berjaya Times Square shopping centre – his semi-final upset over event favourite Karim Darwish taking 80 minutes.
Mosaad (pictured in the final) started the better in the final and for Grant it was the same as it has been all week as he lost the opening game.
The world No13 also took the second and moved to nine-all in the third before Grant fought back and managed to squeeze the game on the tie break.
The No4 seed dominated the fourth, leading 10-4 before the tall Egyptian came back into it. After drawing level, Grant continued to hold the upper hand into the decider, but lost his concentration to allow his opponent a few points lead – from which Mosaad never looked back as he romped on to win the title for the first time.
The 11-6, 12-10, 12-14, 6-11, 11-8 victory make Mosaad the third successive Egyptian to win the KL crown – and gives the 24-year-old his second successive PSA Tour title after his triumph in the HKFC Meco Invitational earlier in the month in Hong Kong.