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2016 CCI International winner Fares Dessouky (right) and runner-up Mohamed Abouelghar (left)

Dessouky Claims CCI International Crown


Egyptian World No.18 Fares Dessouky lifted the second PSA World Tour title of his career after overcoming compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar in an exciting five-game battle in the 2016 CCI International JSW ISC, PSA M50 tournament staged at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai.

Top seed Dessouky, whose last Tour title came back in 2013, had been in fine fettle in the build-up to the final, beating Olli Tuominen, Alan Clyne and third seed Chris Simpson to set up the clash with second seed Abouelghar, who saw off Tsz Fung Yip, Mohamed Reda and Nicolas Mueller.

Dessouky edged the opening game after coming out on top in some well-constructed rallies, but Abouelghar levelled in front of a packed crowd after controlling the ball well at the front of the court.

The third game then saw Dessouky get back in front, taking it 11-6, only to see Abouelghar restore parity once more to send the match into a nail-biting decider.

A strong start to the fifth from Dessouky saw the 22-year-old build on a 4-1 lead to close out an 11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5 victory in 70 minutes to claim a maiden PSA M50 title.

Result – Final: 2016 CCI International JSW ISC
[1] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt [2] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-2: 11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5 (70m)

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