Selby Sinks Mosaad To Claim QSF Crown
15 Nov 2018
England's world No.24 Daryl Selby claimed the biggest PSA World Tour title of his career when he conquered top seed Omar Mosaad in the final of the inaugural QSF No.1, the PSA World Tour Bronze event held at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar.
Selby, who celebrated his 36th birthday earlier this month, last tasted Tour title success at the Macau Open in September 2016, but defied his years to put together a fine run of form in Doha - defeating Finland's Olli Tuominen, Qatari No.1 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi and Scotland's Greg Lobban to reach the climax.
Mosaad, the 30-year-old former world No.3 and a World Championship finalist in 2015, had enjoyed wins against Jamaica's Christopher Binnie and English duo Joshua Masters and George Parker en-route to the final.
Mosaad led the pair's head-to-head record 5/1 coming into the final, but Selby quickly took the initiative as he forced Mosaad into some early errors to go a game ball up, before converting on his second to go a game ahead by an 11-9 margin.
The second game went the same way as Selby powered to an 11-6 victory. Mosaad showed glimpses of life in the third as he found himself 3-1 up after a strong start, but the experienced Selby halted any hopes of a comeback as he took 10 of the next 13 points to seal his 13th career PSA Tour title and the biggest share of the $51,000 prize purse.
"This was probably my best match," Selby told the Qatar Tribune.
"The first game was crucial for me. I put pressure on him and I didn't let him play his game today. I am glad I managed to get it done.
"It's my first title in a long time and I didn't expect to win. Playing someone like Mosaad, who is the top seed, it was a nice feeling to win against him because he is a great player. I always enjoy coming to Doha. Thanks to the organisers for making us comfortable and putting on this great event."