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World Tour Finals Semis: Gawad Continues Title Defence

World No.3 Karim Abdel Gawad continued his title defence at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals after he defeated Wales’ Joel Makin in straight-games in Cairo, Egypt.

Gawad is known for being strong on home soil in Egypt and once again showed he won’t give up his title easy after he came through a tough 39-minute battle with World No.9 Makin in the semi-finals.

Makin had already recorded some impressive victories this week at his maiden World Tour Finals after he defeated World Champion Tarek Momen and World No.5 Paul Coll, but he was unable to conquer Gawad, who prevailed 11-9, 11-8.

The Welshman started the match well and there was little between either player all the way through, however, it was former World No.1 Gawad who kept his composure at the end of the second which saw him claw back two points at 8-6 down to go onto win and reach the final.

Gawad will face either Marwan ElShorbagy or Ali Farag in tomorrow’s final.

“I’m very happy about my performance,” said Gawad.

I think I played well, Joel was controlling the middle of the court well today and I started slow with some errors, so I tried to get my lines first before getting to the front corners. It worked well when I controlled the middle of the court. Joel is really quick on court and is a strong physical player, so you can’t open the court too much for him because he will just make a lot of winners. I just tried to play straight lines more and I’m pleased with my performance today.

“I can’t pick either one of them, they are both top players. Ali and Marwan are both quality players and I’m going to just focus on the way I want to play and make a good recovery to be ready for tomorrow.”

[4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [7] Joel Makin (WAL) 2-0: 11-9, 11-8 (39m)

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