Ali Farag Wins UCS Swedish Open

Egypt's Ali Farag won his first title of the year courtesy of a 11-7 6-11 11-3 11-5 victory over Germany’s Simon Rösner in the final of the 2018 UCS Swedish Open in Linköping, Sweden.

Farag last tasted title success when he triumphed at the U.S. Open in October to win the first Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Series title of his career, but capped off a sublime week that saw him return to his best form in Sweden with a commanding victory over Rösner - preventing the German from adding the Swedish Open to the Tournament of Champions crown he collected in January.

The in-form German started strong, looking to pick up where he left off following an impressive semi-final defeat of Tarek Momen, but ultimately came up short as 25-year-old Farag began to turn the screw, exerting consistent pressure that eventually sapped Rösner’s energy and paved the way for a 51-minute victory.

"I'm over the moon to have won the title here at this great event," said Farag. "I've heard great things about this event for years and it exceeded all my expectations. It has been a great event.

"After losing the second game I got some great words from Tarek (Momen) so I have to thank him, and my wife and family back home, for their support because without a full team behind me I wouldn't have been able to do it."

The Swedish Open first began in the 1970s and the 2018 edition saw ActiPro Event under the stewardship of its founder and CEO Fredrik Johnson celebrate their 15th year running the tournament on the PSA World Tour.

UCS Swedish Open

[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [4] Simon Rösner (GER) 3-1: 11-7, 6-11, 11-3, 11-5

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