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Diego Elias

Elias Claims 2022 Motor City Open Title

Peru’s World No.6 Diego Elias claimed the 10th PSA title of his career after defeating Egypt’s Fares Dessouky in the Motor City Open final in Detroit, USA.

The 25-year-old had been in spellbinding form all week at the PSA World Tour Silver event, axing the likes of future World No.1 Paul Coll in the semi-finals, before prevailing 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 over World No.9 Dessouky, who was playing in his first PSA event since September last year after suffering from injury.

Elias adds to his 2020 title at the event and becomes the first player in the tournament’s history to become a back-to-back winner and the win also means he ties with coach Jonathon Power and former World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy for the most titles at the tournament.

Elias took a strong lead as he pounced on Dessouky’s mistakes to lay the foundations for an impressive 3-0 victory in 45 minutes.

“I’m always feeling great in this tournament,” Elias said. “I like the courts, I like the people here. They make us feel like home. I’m very happy with my performance this week.

“He’s an attacking player, so I just needed to be patient and keep my lines and try to be smart. He gave me a few errors every game, so that helped. I knew he could maybe take one (or) two games, but if I keep being patient and hitting the lines, I thought that was a game plan to win.”

“I was injured since April. Three doctors told me to stop playing squash, but I didn’t stop, I kept going,” Dessouky said. “I believed in myself so much. I believed in my family, I believed in my coaches, I believe in the process in my doctors, and I’m very happy to be back and competing again.”

[3] Diego Elias (PER) bt [5] Fares Dessouky (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (45m)

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