February 06, 2012 - A high quality performance by
top seed Gregory Gaultier saw the Frenchman win the
Case Swedish Open title and notch up the 20th PSA
World Tour title of his career at the
long-established PSA International 70 event at the
Linköping Sporthall in Linköping.
Gaultier, described by PSA COO and former world
number one Lee Beachill as being "in indescribably
good form at the moment", took on second seed Karim
The 29-year-old from Aix-en-Provence reached the
final without dropping a game - and kept up his good
form, showing good movement and stopping Darwish
from hitting decisive shots.
"The quality of squash was still immense with some
amazing pick-ups and rallies, much to the applause
of an excited crowd in Linköping Sporthall," said
event spokesman Niklas Lillman.
Gaultier was in control throughout, going on to take
the match 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 in 46 minutes to win the
prestigious title for the first time.
"I didn't actually think I was going to play this
well, since I have had back spasms since I came back
from New York," explained the world No3 later. "I
want to become world No1 again, and I need the
motivation from the crowd to get back to my top
"I have been fortunate to have my physio with me all
along, he has done a great job on me all week long.
I also want to thank Fredrik (Johnson) and his team,
the city of Linköping, sponsors etc for making sure
that this tournament grows every year, which I hope
it will keep doing for many years to come.
"I wish we had a similar event in France. I wish you
all the best of luck and as last few words I hope
that Karim's home country of Egypt soon will regain
some peace and calm."
Darwish, the 2004 champion, said that always enjoyed
coming to Linköping to play this tournament - but
acknowledged that "Greg today was simply too good
for me to handle.
"We've played against each other since we were 10
years old, but I've never seen him play this good. I
would love to come back here for next year's
tournament. Many thanks to Fredrik and his team for
a very well organised event."
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt  Karim Darwish
(EGY) 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 (46m)