The Egyptian squash player, Ramy Ashour, has given his country its first British Open title since 1966 after winning against Frenchman Gregory Gaultier 3-1 in the final on Sunday, Al Ahram Online reported.
Gaultier, a former British Open winner, had the upper hand in the first game, winning 11-7 but Ashour moved up to take the next three games with 11-4, 11-7 and 11-8 wins.
“There’s a famous quote, the game is just a game it’s what you play for that matters,” Ahram Online quoted, Ashour, as saying.
“I’ve been preparing for eight weeks for this tournament, I’ve had lots of hard times over the last two weeks I’m really proud of myself for what I’ve achieved.”
“Winning this prestigious title is one of the happiest moments of my life, if not the happiest.”
The British Open, also known as Allam Open, is named after Egyptian-born businessman Assem Allam, who is the sponsor of the tournament.