- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - Karim Abdel Gawad of Egypt and Camille Serme of France have won the Tournament of Champions squash tournament for the first time.

Gawad defeated Frenchman Gregory Gaultier 6-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-6 on Thursday night at Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal. Egyptian men have won the event the last five years.

Gaultier didn’t look bothered by a left leg injury that slowed him during his semifinal upset of two-time defending champion Mohamed El Shorbagy of Egypt.

On the women’s side, Serme rallied past Laura Massaro of Britain 13-11, 8-11, 4-11, 11-3, 11-7. Serme says she “fell asleep after the third game” and her coach’s pep talk helped her.

Both champions won $22,000, with the runner-ups collecting $13,500.

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