Battling through physical limitations, Ahmed Al Kiremli still had more than enough left in the tank to finish off his run and be crowned the A Cup winner in the Elite Squash Festival 2015.
The former Iraqi No1 player and member of the national team captured the title with a decisive 3-0 victory against runner-up Vladislav Farras at Fitness First, The Meadows, on Saturday night.
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Kiremli faced greater opposition in his semi-final match against Ali Miski the previous day, but more than anything, had to cope with effects of fasting during the day.
“I’m fasting and that’s the toughest thing in this tournament. The matches are at 20:30 or 21:00, we’re eating at 19:15 and breaking our fast,” said Kiremli, who coaches and plays in Dubai.
“It’s the first few days of Ramadan and your body isn’t used to it,” he added.
The tournament’s B Cup was claimed by Agha Ali Raza, who defeated Ezzat 3-0 as well.
Raza’s march to the trophy gave him confidence for a move up to the A Cup in the next edition.
Nasib Manekia also finished off the C Cup without much drama, taking down Richard Khalife 3-0 in the final.