Yorkshire’s Chris Simpson was narrowly denied the most lucrative win of his PSA Tour career yesterday when he lost 3/2 in the final of the $25,000 Dubai Cup to top seed Karim Abdel Gawad.

The world no.17 from Egypt beat the second-seeded Simpson, who is ranked six places lower, 5-11, 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 11-4 in 63 minutes.

After losing the first game, Gawad upped his game to combine accurate defensive play with flair and killer instinct to turn the game around and move into a 2/1 lead.

The Egyptian appeared to ease off in the fourth and was punished by Simpson, who continued to fight doggedly for every point and earned his reward by forcing the match into a deciding game.

That was as good as it got for Simpson, however, as Gawad reproduced the play that saw him take the second and third games to see out the match and become the inaugural Dubai Cup champion.

Simpson described the defeat as a “tough loss”, adding on Twitter: "Fifth game was not good enough, but I fought all the way.

“Great tournament by @A2Squash. I will be back to go one better next time!”

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