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.PSA $190k World Series Platinum, Kuwait PSA Cup - Thu 14th March,
Final:  Ramy Ashour (Egy) 3-1  James Willstrop (Eng) 6/11, 11/8, 11/3, 11/3 (58m)
Ramy is the Kuwait PSA Cup Champion
Ramy Ashour justified his top billing in the final of the Kuwait Cup with a sensational performance to defeat reigning champion James Willstrop in four games in fron t of a packed, noisy, and mainly Egyptian supporting crowd at the Qadsiya Club in Kuwait City.
It was Englishman who started the match better though, soaking up the world number one's attacks as he took the first game with some comfort, and continued to impress for the first half of the second game.
Slowly but surely though the pressure was building, and Ashour's pace around court and renowned shotmaking ability was taking its toll, as he pulled clear to level the match.
That pattern continued in the next two games in which Willstrop could only muster six points - by the end Ashour was revelling in it, and was just too fast, too accurate, and had too many shots. As he hit the winning shot deep to the back of the court he turned to acknowledge the fans who had supported him all the way.
Ramy thus collects his third Kuwait Open/Cup title, wins his seventh major PSA event in a row, including all three World Series events this year, and extends his unbeaten run to 36 matches, well ahead of anyone other than Jansher and the watching Jahangir Khan - although he has a way to go to beat that particular record ...
"Never nice to lose two games 11/3, 11/3," admitted Willstrop, "I feel… what’s the word… outmanoeuvred. I gave it all I could, but I was not accurate enough. All credit to him because he put me under so much pressure."
"It was a hell of a match, I say it every time I play against James, whether I win or I lose," said a delighted Ramy. "He is a tough opponent, a great player, a gentleman on and off court, great spirit, great character, and I’ve learnt a lot from him, and I think we’ve got much more hard matches to come.
"I'm so proud to win here in Kuwait for a third time, especially in front of such a passionate crown and a legend like Jahangir."
Full reports, quotes and photos available on the official tournament site: www.kuwaitpsacup.com