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Gamal Retains Armenia Challenger Crown


Egypt’s Mazen Gamal successfully defended his Grand Sport Armenia 2nd Challenger 5, PSA M5 title with a win over England’s Nathan Lake – in a repeat of the previous year’s final.

Gamal, whose last PSA World Tour title came at the 2015 edition of this event, eased by Antonio de la Torre in round one, before putting Vincent Droesbeke and Jaakko Vähämaa to the sword, setting up a final meeting with Lake in the process after he had came through a five-game battle with experienced Italian Stephane Galifi to reach the showpiece finale.

The encounter was a closely-contested affair, with Gamal taking the opener before a resilient Lake fought to victory on a tie-break in game two.

It was then Gamal’s turn to score a tie-break win in the third with a composed display enabling him to move Lake around the court intelligently and open up opportunities for himself to attack.

Gamal’s superiority extended into the fifth game as he pulled away to record an 11-8, 11-13, 12-10, 11-6 triumph which yielded his eighth PSA World Tour title.

Result – Final: Grand Sport Armenia 2nd Challenger 5 2016
[1] Mazen Gamal (EGY) bt [2] Nathan Lake (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 11-13, 12-10, 11-6 (77m)

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