Farag Claims 2018 Swedish Open Crown
11 Feb 2018
Egypt's world No.3 Ali Farag claimed the 11th PSA World Tour title of his career courtesy of a 3/1 victory over Germany's in-form Simon Rösner in the final of the 2018 UCS Swedish Open in Linköping, Sweden.
Farag last tasted title success when he triumphed at the US Open in October 2017 to win the first 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 comfortable victory over Rösner.
Farg's win denied the German the first back-to-back Tour titles of his career after winning the Tournament of Champions crown in New York last month.
30-year-old Rösner started strong, looking to pick up on where he left off following an impressive semi-final defeat of Tarek Momen. But ultimately he 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 victory that came after 51 minutes of action.
"I'm over the moon to have won the title here at this great event," said Farag.
"Simon is of my best friends on tour, we play in the same team in Germany as well - I've spent more time with Simon than with my wife recently.
"I've heard great things about this event for years and it exceeded all my expectations. It has been a great event.
"Today, 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."
After the match Rösner said: 'He was too good today. I just tried to hang in there but I didn't have enough in the tank to make it harder. He was controlling and playing smart."