Gaultier and Darwish to meet in Swedish Open final!

Greg Gaultier (FRA) beat Peter Barker (ENG) 11-1, 11-3, 11-2 in the semi-final of the Case Swedish Open 2012 in just 33 minutes (photo: Steve Line)

Top seeds Greg Gaultier and Karim Darwish will contest the final of the Case Swedish Open after victories over Englishmen in the semi-finals in Linköping. An in-form Gaultier (pic le), the world No3 from France, brushed aside Peter Barker (pic ri) in 33 minutes – beating the world No7 from London 11-1, 11-3, 11-2 to be now in the 45th Tour final of his career.

Gaultier’s opponent Darwish dominated the first 2 games against Daryl Selby, but the unseeded Englishman turned it round in the 3rd to reduce the deficit, but the Egyptian reclaimed the initiative in the 4th before closing out the match 11-2, 11-2, 6-11, 11-8 in 47 minutes to make the 38th Tour final of his career.

Final – 10:8 over-all victories to Gaultier’s advantage:
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [2] Karim Darwish (EGY)