From the squash played in the semi finals, the crowd had hoped for an epic final. But in reality it was always going to be tougher for Adam who had had a hard run in the tournament. Having already despatched the number 2 and 3 seeds and an unbelievable 3-2 win against Phil Whitlock, to win the final against Karim Ali Fathi – who was the home player – was always going to be a tall order.
Nothing went right for Adam in the first, he simply hit the tin too much and Karim was really up for the final, after having lost his last PSA final at Le Sport to Joe Lee. Karim played solid squash and took the game 11-2.
At the start of the second it looked like Adam had got his legs back as it was nip and tuck up to 7-5 to Karim. But from then Karim pulled away, playing with accuracy and some wicked nicks, interspersed with tight rallies up and down the walls.
Adam struggled in the third again, clearly out of gas and Karim closed the match with a 11-2 3rd game.
Karim was delighted with his win, and will look forward to his next event in Jordan. For Adam, if he performs like he did leading up to the final, he will certainly have no problem climbing the rankings and looking for future success.
So a great result for the 18 yr old Egyptian player, winning the event with a 24minute final, only conceding 9 points – an event which included the current top 3 U19 English players.
It seems such a shame then that Karim will be unable to play in the British Junior Open in January, Not able to have a crack at winning his third BJO title . He was unable to play in the selection events in Egypt and was not afforded the luxury of being preselected. What a shame there isn’t a wildcard!