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07/12/2014
British Grand Prix 2014

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  British Grand Prix 2014
05-08 Dec, Manchester, Uk, $70k
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First Round
05 Dec
Quarters
06 Dec
Semis
07 Dec
Final
08 Dec
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
11-5, 11-6, 11-3 [39m]
[WC] Richie Fallows (ENG)
Gregory Gaultier
11-3, 11-4, 11-2 [43m]
Peter Barker
Gregory Gaultier
11-7, 10-12, 15-13, 9-11, 11-5 [103m]
Nick Matthew
Nick Matthew
11-7, 11-6, 11-5 [50m]
Mathieu Castagnet
[5] Peter Barker (ENG)
11-6, 11-5, 11-5 [52m]
Chris Simpson (ENG) 
[6] Daryl Selby (ENG)
11-4, 11-2, 11-9 [56m]
Fares Dessouki (EGY)
Daryl Selby
11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 11-5 [77m]
Nick Matthew
[3] Nick Matthew (ENG)
1-5, 11-3, 11-7 [39m]
[Q] Greg Lobban
[4] Borja Golan (ESP)
9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 [95m]
Adrian Waller (ENG)
Adrian Waller
13-11, 7-11, 11-2, 11-7 [54m]
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
11-2, 16-14, 13-11 [74m]
Mathieu Castagnet
[Q] Alan Clyne (SCO)
7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 [59m]
[7] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
[Q] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
11-7, 11-7, 11-6 [48m]
[8] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
Mathieu Castagnet
7-11, 11-9, 11-1, 12-10 [66m]
Mohamed Elshorbagy
[Q] Cesar Salazar (MEX) 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10 [44m]
[2] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)
Results: AJ Bell British Grand Prix
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Matthew Wins AJ Bell British Grand Prix

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England's Nick Matthew became just the ninth player ever to win 30 PSA World Tour titles after defeating French World No.15 Mathieu Castagnet in the final of the 2014 AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix at the National Squash Centre in Manchester today.

Matthew, a three-time World Champion and two-time Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winner, earned his place in the final following a physically draining 103-minute battle against French World No.2 Gregory Gaultier in the semi-final but showed his tremendous stamina to back-up and see off Castagnet 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 in 50-minutes.

Castagnet, conquerer of current World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in the quarter-finals, got off to a spirited start in the opening game and opened up an early lead, but the ever relentless 34-year-old from Sheffield showed all the attributes that have led him to capture every major title in the sport as he went on to dominate the remainder of the contest, imposing himself on Castagnet and controlling the court to complete an impressive victory.

"I like it here in Manchester, said Matthew. I'm so comfortable here and I think I've had more success on this court than anywhere else in my whole career so I wish I could take it with me.

"It was a great match against Mathieu today - it's credit to him that the crowd were cheering loudly for him at the end - I've never heard French people get so much support in England!

"Winning the title feels great and is a great way to end the year."

Despite the defeat, 28-year-old Castagnet, currently occupying his highest ever position in the PSA World Rankings, said that there were many positives to take from the encounter.

I didn't expect to reach a final this week and it was such a great pleasure for me to make it," he said.

"I did my best but he was too strong for me today and even when I was pushing hard he was playing well and I want to congratulate him.


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Matthew And Castagnet To Contest AJ Bell British Grand Prix Final

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The final of the 2014 AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix will see England's three-time World Champion Nick Matthew take on Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet at the National Squash Centre in Manchester tomorrow (December 8)

34-year-old Matthew from Sheffield booked his place with an epic victory over French World No.2 Gregory Gaultier in a marathon 103-minute battle in front of a vocal home crowd to consign Gaultier to defeat in Manchester once again, just over 12 months after he beat the Frenchman to claim his third World Championship title in the same city.

He will now face the French National No.2 Castagnet, who saw off the challenge of Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez 3-0, when both men will be hoping to pick up the trophy as an early Christmas present.

"When you get to my age you have a few rivals on tour and Greg and I have been playing for a very long time against each other on tour," said Matthew.

"It never gets any easier against him, today he made a few errors in crucial points and at this level it comes down to such fine margins - it could have gone his way in a few of those close points.

"I felt like I was due a big win like that this season so I'm really pleased and I'm ready to give it one more big push tomorrow to try and end the year on a high."

Castagnet goes into the final in the best form of his career having scalped current World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in the quarter-final stage, following his biggest ever career title triumph in Montreal in October, and he's hoping to end his year on the biggest high yet.

"Beating Mohamed yesterday was great for me but it was very important for me to refocus on today's match and to try and do everything I could to reach another final," said Castagnet.

"I'm very happy to be in the final and I'm looking forward to playing again tomorrow."


Nick Matthew v Gregory Gaultier
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Castagnet Conquers World No.1 In Manchester Grand Prix

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French World No.15 Mathieu Castagnet pulled off one of the biggest wins of his career, and the biggest upset of recent times, to defeat World No.1 and 2014 World Championship runner-up Mohamed Elshorbagy in the quarter-finals of the AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix in Manchester earlier today.

Castagnet, the 28-year-old from Aix-en-Provence, stunned the 23-year-old Bristol-based Egyptian with a dogged performance, coming from one game down to complete an impressive 3-1 victory which delighted the capacity crowd at the national squash centre.

"That is the best win of my career so far without doubt," said Castagnet.

"Always during my career I have had people telling me that I'd never make it and that I wasn't good enough and today I just beat the World No.1 so I am really delighted with the result.

"He didn't play his best tonight but this win proves to me that I can maybe be a top ten player and I am looking forward to playing again tomorrow."

Castagnet will now face Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez, the highest ranked South American player of all time, in the semi-finals where the victor will face either England's three-time World Champion Nick Matthew or French World No.2 Gregory Gaultier, the man Matthew beat to glory in two of those finals.

"Against Greg it's safe to say you have to play at the very top of your games," said Matthew.

"He's number two in the world and he's hungry to end the season with a title, as am I, so I'm looking forward to the match."


Mathieu Castagnet v Mohamed Elshorbagy
 


English Quartet March On In Manchester Grand Prix

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Sheffield's three-time World Champion Nick Matthew led a quartet of home hopes, including surprise victor Adrian Waller, into the quarter-finals of the AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix at the National Squash Centre in Manchester earlier today.

2014 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winner Matthew easily saw off the challenge of rising Scottish talent Greg Lobban while Enfield-based 26-year-old Waller pulled off the biggest win of the day to get past World No.7 Borja Golan from Spain.

Just two months after defeating Golan in the opening round of the Delaware Investments US Open, Waller pulled off a repeat 3-2 performance, using all his skill, strength and stamina to complete a dramatic 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 victory after a mammoth 95-minutes on court.

"I knew what to expect from Borja today but he knew what to expect from me as well and it meant that it took something different to win the match," said Waller.

"It was another long and tough match and it was even closer than at the US Open so it took everything I had to keep in the rallies. I definitely had more belief in my game after beating him in the US and that played a part, because sometimes against the top players that belief can be key.

"I had to re-group towards the end of the fourth game when he came back to level it up and I just managed to keep in there to win it and I'm really pleased to come through, especially here in Manchester as this is a place the English guys all know well and feel comfortable at."

Elsewhere Essex duo Daryl Selby and Peter Barker also progressed to the quarter-finals with impressive victories over dangerous Egyptian Fares Dessouki and fellow Englishman Chris Simpson, respectively, to complete the quartet while World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy and World No.2 Gregory Gaultier came through their opening encounters along with Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez and Mathieu Castagnet of France.
 
Scottish Duo Qualify For AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix

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Alan Clyne and Greg Lobban, the Scottish national No.1 and No.2 respectively, successfully came through qualification to book their berths in the first round of the AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix which gets underway at the National Squash Centre in Manchester tomorrow, Friday November 5.

Clyne, the 28-year-old World No.38, booked his place in the main draw with impressive consecutive 3-0 victories over Alex Noakes and Henrik Mustonen while Lobban, the 22-year-old World No.63 and a last minute call-up to the competition, finds himself in the main draw fortuitously after both Tom Richards and Shaun Le Roux picked up injuries ruling them out of competition.

Clyne will now face Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the first roynd while Lobban will take on three-time World Champion and Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winner Nick Matthew in an intriguing encounter.

Elsewhere Mexican Cesar Salazar saw off Frenchman Lucas Serme 3-1 to book his place against World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in round one while Egyptian Mezan Hesham beat Finnish No.1 Olli Tuominen and will now face Mathieu Castagnet.

Results: AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix - Qualifying Finals:
[6] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt [1] Olli Tuominen (FIN) 3-0: 11-9, 14-12, 12-10 (45m)
[5] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt [4] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 3-0: 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 (45m)
[7] Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-1: 12-10, 11-6, 6-11, 11-5 (60m)
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt [8] Shaun Le Roux (RSA) - walkover

First Round Draw Friday November 5:
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [WC] Richie Fallows (ENG)
Chris Simpson (ENG) v [5] Peter Barker (ENG)
[6] Daryl Selby (ENG) v Fares Dessouki (EGY)
[Q] Greg Lobban (SCO) v [3] Nick Matthew (ENG)
[4] Borja Golan (ESP) v Adrian Waller (ENG)
[Q] Alan Clyne (SCO) v [7] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
[8] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v [Q] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
[Q] Cesar Salazar (MEX) v [2] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)

 


 

 

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