Defending champion Karim Abdel Gawad and two-time winner Gregory Gaultier will lock horns in the final of the 2017 UCS Swedish Open after they both claimed wins on semi-finals day at the PSA M70 tournament held in Linköping.
Gawad – who triumphed over fellow Egyptian Tarek Momen in last year’s final – went a game down to Scotland’s World No.34 Alan Clyne in his last four clash after Clyne displayed some inch-perfect width and consistent hitting.
It was a high-quality match from the off as both players exchanged points with gusto, with some delicate touches and physically demanding rallies captivating spectators at the Linköping Sporthall.
And it was Gaultier who held his nerve towards the end of all three games to edge the tall World No.10 by an 11-9, 13-11, 11-8 margin.
“I’m happy to be in another final, especially here,” the Frenchman said.
“I’ve been here for so many years, since the first edition 16 years ago. I was a kid back then, 18-years-old, so I always try and play it. I’ve missed it once or twice because of injuries, but otherwise I always try to come here.
“For us, it’s not too far away and it’s good to motivate people from Europe to organise tournaments. That’s why it’s important for me to come here. People are always warm here, you feel really welcome and they do everything to make you feel comfortable.”
Gawad and Gaultier last met in January’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions final, where an absorbing contest ended in a 3-1 win to Gawad in New York’s iconic Grand Central Terminal.
Results – Semi-Finals: 2017 UCS Swedish Open
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-1: 10-12, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 (54m)
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt  Simon Rösner (GER) 3-0: 11-9, 13-11, 11-8 (58m)
Draw – Final: To Be Played February 5th
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v  Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
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