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19/10/2014
US Open (men) 2014

 

Reports
MEN'S DRAW
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 Final   Semi Finals    Quarter Finals   2nd Round  1st Round   Previews


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DRAWS
Round One
11/12 Oct
Round Two
13/14 Oct
Quarters
15/16 Oct
Semis
17 Oct
Final
18 Oct
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
11-1, 11-1, 11-5 [27m]
[Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
Gregory Gaultier
13-11, 11-5, 11-3 [41m]
Alan Clyne
Gregory Gaultier
11-8, 13-11, 11-13, 11-3
 Simon Rösner
Gregory Gaultier
11-6, 11-9, 11-4 [48m]
 Mohamed Elshorbagy
Mohamed Elshorbagy
8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3 [46m]
Amr Shabana
Adrian Grant (ENG)
11-2, 13-11, 11-7 [52m]
Alan Clyne (SCO)
Gregoire Marche (FRA)
11-7, 11-5, 11-6
[Q] Leo Au (HKG)
Leo Au
11-3, 11-7, 11-8 [38m]
Simon Rösner
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
v11-2, 11-8, 6-11, 5-11, 11-5 [82mins]Nicol David
[6] Simon Rösner (GER)
[5] Borja Golan (ESP)
8-11, 12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9 [92m]
Adrian Waller (ENG)
Adrian Waller
11-6, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9 [56m]
Mazen Hesham
Adrian Waller
18-16, 11-8,
11-9 

Mohamed Elshorbagy
Mazen Hesham (EGY)
6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9 [77m] 
[Q] Lucas Serme (FRA)
Cameron Pilley (AUS)
11-9, 11-9, 11-4 [69m]
[Q] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
Cameron Pilley
13-11, 11-9, 11-6 [53m]
Mohamed Elshorbagy
[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)
11-2, 11-7, 11-7 [34m]
[Q] Greg Lobban (SCO)
[4] Amr Shabana (EGY)
11-6, 11-7, 11-5 [37m]
[Q] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY)
Amr Shabana
12-10, 13-15, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8 [78m]
Max Lee
Amr Shabana
11-3, 11-8, 11-8 [36m]
Omar Mosaad
Amr Shabana
11-5, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7 [63m]
Nick Matthew
Max Lee (HKG)
11-5, 11-7, 11-8
Joe Lee (ENG)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
6-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-7, 11-9 (95m)
Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
Nicolas Mueller
11-7, 11-9, 11-5 [41m]
Omar Mosaad
[WC] Christopher Gordon (USA)
12-10, 11-7, 11-4 [36m]
[7] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
[8] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
11-8, 4-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-7 [88m]
Fares Dessouki (EGY)
Fares Dessouki
6-11, 4-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9 [86m]
Karim Abdel Gawad
Fares Dessouki
11-5, 11-4, 11-6 [35m]
Nick Matthew
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 [58m]
Alister Walker (BOT)
Chris Simpson (ENG)
11-3, 11-2, 11-5 [30m]
[Q] Shaun Le Roux (CAN)
Chris Simpson
11-6, 11-6, 11-9 [49m]
Nick Matthew
[Q] Eddie Charlton (ENG)
11-3, 11-5, 11-5 [40m]
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG)

RESULTS: PSA Delaware Investments US Open, Philadelphia, USA
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Final

Elshorbagy Is US Open Champion

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23-year-old Egyptian Mohamed Elshorbagy, the powerhouse from Alexandria who will top the PSA World Rankings for the first time on November 1st, capped of the most successful week of his career by claiming the 2014 Delaware Investments US Open at Philadelphia's Drexel University.

Elshorbagy, who is based out of Bristol, England, saw off compatriot and four-time World Champion Amr Shabana to win the 2014 event and extend his winning-streak to 18-matches, a run that has seen him win back-to-back PSA World Series titles in Hong Kong and Philadelphia either side of further victories in Malaysia and Mexico.

After going down one game to nil early on to an in-form Shabana, Elshorbagy ramped up his play to storm to an 8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3 victory and claim his 199th match victory on the PSA World Tour.

"I'm feeling so happy right now," said an elated Elshorbagy.

"I just can't believe what has happened. It's just been such an unbelievable week for me - I knew I could become number one coming into this tournament but I didn't think both things would happen.

"I had a tough draw to get to the final, I had to beat World No.1 Gregory Gaultier and a legend like Amr Shabana to win so not only did I get to number one, I feel like I have proved it as well."

Elshorbagy will now go into next month's 2014 Qatar PSA World Series Championship in the form of his life and he'll be hoping to maximise on his momentum to take the tittle away from current holder Nick Matthew.

"It's been a great season until now but there's the World Championships in three weeks so I'm hopefully going to make it very hard for the other players and keep my momentum going," he said.

"I'm feeling confident right now but that's not fooling me, I know I still need to work very hard.

"For me becoming World No.1 is just the first step on the ladder."
 

 

Semi Finals

Elshorbagy Is New World No.1

23-year-old Egyptian Mohamed Elshorbagy (left) has climbed to the top of the PSA World Tour rankings, overtaking 31-year-old Frenchman Gregory Gaultier to become the fourth youngest player ever to become squash World No.1.

Elshorbagy enters the record books behind only Pakistani legends Jahangir and Jansher Khan, who both topped the charts aged 18, and compatriot Ramy Ashour who became number one aged 22, courtesy of his victory over Gaultier in the semi-finals of the 2014 Delaware Investments US Open and Nick Matthew's (below right) defeat to four-time World Champion Amr Shabana in the other last four encounter.

He now goes into Saturday's (October 18) final knowing that he will sit atop the charts for the first time in his career when the latest rankings come out on November 1 in what he described as a dream moment come true.

"It feels unbelievable right now," said Elshorbagy.

"It's been a dream to get to that spot and I can't believe I'm there right now. I came into this tournament knowing there was a big chance to get that World No.1 ranking for the first time in my life but I was able to control that emotion well.

"However when I woke up this morning I was so nervous. I spoke to Jonah (Barrington) and my mother and managed to control it and I think actually those nerves helped a little bit today and I'm really glad I was able to win.

“Once I knew that I could become No.1 at this tournament I called my mum and told her I needed her out here for the competition and I’m so pleased it has happened."

Elshorbagy will now take on Shabana, 12-years his senior, in his fourth consecutive PSA World Tour finale where he'll be aiming to keep his 17 match winning-streak alive.

 

Quarter Finals Lower Half

Battle To Be World No.1 Reaches Boiling Point

Shabana Sails Into US Open Semis

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Four-time World Champion Amr Shabana (left) eased into the semi-finals of the 2014 Delaware Investments US Open courtesy of a comfortable 3-0 victory over compatriot Omar Mosaad at Philadelphia's Drexel University earlier today.

The two-time US Open champion took just 36-minutes to see off Mosaad, nine years his junior at 26-years-old, in a standout performance that saw the 'Maestro' produce some dazzling skills whilst displaying his impressive physical prowess.

Shabana will now take on current World Champion Nick Matthew, whom he beat at the quarter-final stage of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champion in New York in January, for a place in the final on Saturday.

"I was fortunate in that I played my best today and Omar was a little off his game as he usually gives me a pretty tough battle," said Shabana.

"But I'll take it to get to the semi-finals and I'm happy to be through.

"Nick is an unbelievable athlete and I will have to give it my all against him in tomorrow's semi-final. I will need to be at my best to be able to compete with him but I hope I can do that and put on a great show for the fans."

Victory in that match-up against Matthew could see Shabana, who held the number one ranking slot for 33-months from 2006 - 2009, deny the Englishman the chance of regaining the No.1 ranking he last held in March as he enters a three-way battle with current incumbent Gregory Gaultier and World No.2 Mohamed Elshorbagy to top the chart in November.

Matthew, who booked his semi-final place following a 3-0 win over Fares Dessouki, has to win the tournament in order to have any chance of returning to No.1 but he says his eyes are not fixed on the rankings table.

"All the talk about rankings has been about Mohamed and Greg and I'm happy to fly under the radar at the moment," he said.

"A lot has been said about those two and rightly so, they are the best two players around at the moment and everyone else is trying to get up to their level but there's a lot of good squash to be played in the bottom half of the draw as well and it’s always a great game against Shabana.

"This is my first tournament back after a long summer break after the Commonwealth Games so I'm taking the pressure off and just enjoying playing my squash."
 

Quarter Finals Top Half

Gaultier And Elshorbagy Set Up US Open Semi Showdown

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World No.1 Gregory Gaultier (right) and World No.2 Mohamed Elshorbagy will go head-to-head in the semi-finals of the 2014 Delaware Investments US Open in a mouthwatering encounter that could have significant ramifications at the top of the PSA World Rankings.

The duo last met in the final of the Hong Kong Squash Open, the first PSA World Series event of the season, when Elshorbagy won 3-2 to claim just his second ever World Series title and victory in Friday's encounter at Philadelphia's Drexel University could see him topple the Frenchman at the top of the rankings to become World No.1 for the first time in his career.

The pair are in the midst of a three-way battle with current World Champion Nick Matthew, who takes on Egyptian Fares Dessouki in his quarter-final encounter on Thursday, to occupy the No.1 ranking slot in November but after beating German Simon Rösner 3-1 to move into the semis, Gaultier says his focus is not on the rankings.

"That was a very tough four games agains Simon," said Gaultier after his win. "He was playing very well, being very aggressive and playing some lovely winners which made it tough.

"He played with no pressure and he was very fluid but I'm happy with my performance to get the win in four and I'm delighted now to be in the semi-finals and I'm looking forward to playing against Elshorbagy.

"Lat time we played he won 3-2 and I'm ready to play him again. I've had a good three weeks of training and he's confident so I'm looking forward to a good battle.

"I've been number one this year and I'm not looking at the rankings. I'm not here with my calculator and checking every day to see if I'm going to be number one or number two, I'm here to play and my focus is on playing well and trying to win the tournament."

Elshorbagy (left) booked his place in the semi-finals following a well earned 3-0 victory over England's Adrian Waller in his quarter-final encounter, meaning he's made it to the last four without dropping a single game in the competition so far.

"When the top four players get to the semi-finals we all raise our game and I think that's what's going to happen against Greg," said the 23-year-old from Alexandria.

"I know I've beaten him the last two times, but he's beaten me nine times before that. He's the World No.1 and such a strong player and if I play my best there's still a chance I can loose so I have to hope I get it right on the day.

"Every player wants to be No.1 and I think the pressure is on Greg to defend his ranking. Players say they just come to play and enjoy themselves but I'm sure they'd enjoy it a lot more if they are the No.1 at the end of the tournament.

"I'm No.2 now and people say that's great but No.2 has always been my worst enemy. You feel you are so close I think you'd rather be 100 than number two so I'm going to do everything I can this week to get that top ranking."
 

 

2nd Round Lower Half

Shabana Survives Scare At US Open While Matthew Marches On

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Squash World Champion Nick Matthew booked his place in the quarter-finals of the 2014 Delaware Investments US Open with a 3-0 win over Guernsey's Chris Simpson during the second day of second round action at Philadelphia's Drexel University.

Matthew was forced to produce some of his best squash against the spirited Simpson, who came into the second round following a 3-0 demolition of South African Shaun Le Roux, before eventually emerging an 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 winner in the battle of Commonwealth Games flag bearers.

"I really enjoyed that battle," said 34-year-old Matthew. "It seems to be a familiar tale for me to be hanging in against Chris at the end of the third game and you could see he was desperate to take that one.

"I've not had a match at that pace for a while now and it did wonders for me and really opened up my lungs.

"I have a day off to now to enjoy and do some work with my coach on a few areas and prepare for the next match."

Matthew will now face Egyptian Fares Dessouki (left) in Thursday's quarter-finals, after the 20-year-old saved five match points against Karim Abdel Gawad to complete a remarkable comeback and secure his place in the last eight, while Egyptian duo Amr Shabana and Omar Mosaad triumphed to set up an all-Egyptian encounter.

Four-time World Champion Shabana had to use all his guile and experience to survive the onslaught from Hong Kong's No.1 player Max Lee and scrape his way into the quarter-finals after an epic 78-minute encounter.

"Max seemed very powerful on court tonight and all credit to him for the fight he put up as I needed every second of my experience to beat him today," said Shabana (right).

"We played at the British Open and I think he definitely learnt few things from that match but I was pleased with how I dug in as it shows that I still have some fight left in me at my age.

"Omar is a player who is up and coming and already banging on the door of the top eight players. He's incredibly strong and it will be a tough match."
 

 2nd Round Top Half

Elshorbagy Eliminates Pilley In Testing US Open Encounter

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Egyptian World No.2 Mohamed Elshorbagy (left) booked his place in the quarter-finals of the 2014 Delaware Investments US Open courtesy of a hard-earned 3-0 victory against Australian national champion Cameron Pilley at Philadelphia’s Drexel University earlier today.

Pilley, one of the most powerful hitters in world squash, came out of the blocks firing against the 23-year-old from Alexandria and produced some of his best squash in recent times, but Elshorbagy proved up to the challenge and weathered an early storm to eliminate the man from Yamba.

Despite them being separated by 20 places on the PSA World Rankings there was little between the players on court and Elshorbagy looked a relieved figure as he snuck the opening game 13-11 after a tense tie-break.

The second game was equally tight with both players displaying a dazzling array of shot-making ability, but again it was the Egyptian who edged it 11-9 before completing a 13-11, 11-9, 11-6 victory.

"I don't know what it is about Cameron but he always seems to play his best against me and that was a really great battle today," said Elshorbagy.

"He's such a hard hitter and fast player. The first two games really were 50-50 and I tried to match him in the first game, but I changed my tactic in the second game and luckily I got the the better of the games to get off in three.

"I'm really happy to come through that match as it was a tough one and I think will help me in the next round."

Elshorbagy will now take on England's Adrian Waller (right) in Wednesday's quarter-finals where he'll be hoping to set-up a potential encounter with World No.1 Gregory Gaultier, who got past a spirited Alan Clyne in his second round match, in a match-up which could have massive repercussions at the top of the PSA World Rankings.

Victory for Elshorbagy in a potential encounter with Gaultier, who faces German Simon Rösner in his quarter-final, would see him take a huge step towards claiming the World No.1 ranking for the first time in his career, adding extra motivation for the dynamic star.

"I'm into the quarter-finals now and there's only three more matches to go to win this title and capture that dream of becoming World No.1," said Elshorbagy.

"There is such a great battle going on between Greg (Gaultier), Nick (Matthew) and myself for that top ranking at the moment. Those are the kind of things that we all play the game for and I'm going to give it my all this week to try and make it happen."

Waller earned his place in the last 16 courtesy of a battling performance against Egyptian Mazen Hesham which sees him into the quarter-finals of a PSA World Series event for the first time in his career while Rösner breezed past Leo Au in the other match in the second round, which continues with bottom half action tomorrow (Tuesday October 14).

 

1st Round Lower Half

Dessouki And Mueller Come Through Epics In US Open

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20-year-old Egyptian Fares Dessouki (right) and 25-year-old Swiss star Nicolas Mueller came through epic first round encounters against Saurav Ghosal and Stephen Coppinger, respectively in the first round of the 2014 Delaware Investments US Open in Philadelphia.

Victory for Dessouki over Ghosal sees him move into the second round of a PSA World Series event for only the third time in his career where he will face compatriot Karim Abdel Gawad, the man he beat in the first round of the Allam British Open in May.

During that competition Dessouki made it to the quarter-finals before falling to World Champion Nick Matthew and he'll be hoping to reach that stage again by emulating the performance that saw him conquer number eight seed Ghosal, taking the Asian Games Gold medal winner out with an 88-minute 11-8, 4-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-7 victory.

"I'm very happy with that win," said Dessouki afterwards.

"Saurav is a very good player who is really fast around the court and a dangerous opponent.

"I had to give it everything I had to get past him and keep my focus at 100 per cent for the whole match but I'm delighted to have got the win."

Swiss squash star Mueller came through an even more brutal encounter with South African national champion Coppinger in their first round encounter, eventually prevailing 3-2 in a 95-minute thriller.

Just three places separate the pairing on the PSA World Rankings, with 25-year-old Mueller the higher ranked at World No.21, and there proved to be little between them on court, with epic rallies aplenty in a match which had the duo playing out of their shoes, literally.

In a rare incident Coppinger was forced off court during the final game after tearing through the soles of his shoes such was the ferocity of movement demanded of both players but it was Mueller who held on to claim an impressive victory, coming through 6-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-7, 11-9.

"That was probably the most brutal match I've ever played in my life," said Müller afterwards.

"Steve was a true warrior throughout the whole encounter and we both really dug deep. I had to dig in and find some extra energy and luckily I managed to find a hidden reserve and come out with the win."

Second seed Nick Matthew (left) eased his way into the second round with a comfortable 3-0 win over compatriot Eddie Charlton in his first encounter on the PSA World Tour since losing the final of the Allam British Open in May.

The Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winner showed no signs of rustiness as he sealed an 11-3, 11-5, 11-5 win which will see him take on Chris Simpson in the second round, after the man from Guernsey got past South African Shaun Le Roux 3-0.

Elsewhere there were wins for Amr Shabana, Max Lee and Omar Mossad.
 

1st Round Top Half

Waller Claims Biggest Career Win At US Open

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England's Adrian Waller (right), the 24-year-old from Enfield, pulled off the biggest win of his career to date to knock World No.7 Borja Golan out of the 2014 Delaware Investments US Open during the opening round of action at Philadelphia's Drexel University earlier today.

The World No.27 scraped through what was a tense and attritional 92-minute battle against the Spanish national champion, coming from behind early in the encounter to hold his nerve in a nail biting final game and eventually seal an impressive 8-11, 12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9 victory that sees him beat a top ten ranked player on the PSA World Tour for the first time in his career.

"That was definitely the biggest win of my career to date," said Waller. "I've never beaten a top ten player before in my career, so to do that in the opening round of a major tournament like the US Open is very big for me.

"I've been in good situations before against big players and it's never gone the right way for me. You have to just try and keep focused on your own game, not get too caught up in the moment and it was great to come out on the winning side.

"I'm really looking forward to the second round now. In many ways the pressure is off me so I'm going to enjoy the match and hopefully I can put in another good performance."

Waller will now take on Egyptian Mazen Hesham in the second round on Monday after the 20-year-old survived a tough battle with Frenchman Lucas Serme during an opening day that also saw Leo Au of Hong Kong and Scotland's Alan Clyne, who was bumped into the main draw following the withdrawal of World No.10 Karim Darwish ahead of the tournament, pull off surprise upsets against higher ranking opposition.

Clyne, the World No.38, claimed one of the biggest scalps of the day in the opening match of the tournament to see off England's World No.23 Adrian Grant in emphatic fashion, taking the match 11-2, 13-11, 11-7, while Au, ranked World No.41, stunned World No.29 Gregoire Marche to take an equally impressive 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 win.

Elsewhere during the opening day of action Simon Rösner came through an epic battle against Mathieu Castagnet to secure his place in the second round while Australian Cameron Pilley saw off compatriot Ryan Cuskelly and the top two seeds, Gregory Gaultier (left)  and Mohamed Elshorbagy, eased through their opening match-ups against Mohamed Abouelghar and Greg Lobban, respectively.

 

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