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Swedish Open 2015

CASE Swedish Open 2015
03-08 Feb, Linkoping, $70k
Round One
05 Feb
06 Feb
07 Feb
08 Feb
[1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
11/5, 11/6, 11/6 (44m)
Fares Dessouki (Egy)
Gregory Gaultier
 11/7, 11/7, 11/4 (41m)
Tom Richards
Gregory Gaultier
11-4, 11-3, 11-6 (33m)
Steve Coppinger
Gregory Gaultier
Nick Matthew
[6] Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
9-11, 11-1, 11-8, 11-5 (54m)
[Q] Tom Richards (Eng)
[8] Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
12/10, 11/7, 11/8 (36m)
[wc] Rasmus Hult (Swe)
Steve Coppinger
11/7, 11/9, 11/13, 11/7 (63m)
James Willstrop
[3] James Willstrop (Eng)
11/9, 7/11, 7/11, 11/4, 11/8 (73m)
Chris Simpson (Eng)
Adrian Waller (Eng)
12/14, 11/6, 14/12, 14/12 (70m)
Simon Rösner (Ger)
Simon Rösner
11/6, 11/6, 11/4 (39m)
Marwan Elshorbagy
Simon Rösner
11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 13-11 (62m)
Nick Matthew
[Q] Shaun Le Roux (Rsa)
11/9, 5/11, 11/6, 11/7 (57m)
[5] Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy)
[Q] Joe Lee (Eng)
11/5, 11/9, 11/3 (39m)
[7] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
Cameron Pilley
 12/10, 11/8, 12/10 (60m)
Nick Matthew
[Q] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
11/5, 11/4, 11/4 (30m)
[2] Nick Matthew (Eng)

Magnificent Matthew Wins 2015 CASE Swedish Open


England's 34-year-old Nick Matthew, the current World No.3, got the better of long term adversary Gregory Gaultier, the World No.2 from France, in the final of the 2015 CASE Swedish Open, PSA International 70 tournament, beating the 32-year-old 3-0 to retain the title he won in 2014.

It was the 32nd meeting between the pair on the PSA World Tour and despite Gaultier breezing into the final without dropping a game during the tournament, it was Sheffield's Matthew who dominated the contest from the outset, putting in an accomplished performance to record a second consecutive PSA World Tour victory over Gaultier and take the title 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 after 63-minutes on court.

"I felt like I played well today and I always seem to play really well here in Sweden," said Matthew.

"I've won here five times now and I've been in the final seven times. It's a great venue and the people here are knowledgeable and really appreciate what we do so when you're in this surrounding you always play at you best."

In the opening game it was the Englishman who took the early ascendency, utilising his usual style of attritional play to forge a 10-5 lead before sealing the game with an audacious forehand volley nick - but only after Gaultier had mounted a late surge, saving four game balls to get within two points of the game.

The duo traded points throughout the opening parts of the second game, but when ahead 8-6, Gaultier made two consecutive errors to allow Matthew to draw level and the 'wolf' made the opportunity count, turing the screw to take the next three points, and the game, unanswered.

Gaultier (left in blue) continued to be plagued by errors in the third game and Matthew kept the pressure on and was rewarded with the victory, his first 3-0 win over the Frenchman since the semi-finals of the 2014 Swedish Open.

"Greg played so well in the early rounds but he maybe needed a closer match earlier in the tournament because i could tell he wasn't at his best physical condition today whereas I had a few close 12-10s so that maybe helped me," he said.

Matthew will now go into the second PSA World Series event of the year, the Guggenheim Partners Windy City Open, in confident form and he'll be hoping to stop the run of Egyptian World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy after he added the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions to his ever increasing trophy collection in January.

Matthew On Course To Retain Swedish Open


England's 34-year-old World No.3 Nick Matthew (right)kept alive his hopes of retaining the CASE Swedish Open, PSA International 70 title, after seeing off the challenge of German World No.10 Simon Rösner during the semi-finals in Linkoping today.

Matthew, who produced an impressive display to beat Ramy Ashour 3-2 and win the title in 2014, ensured his place in the final with a hard-earned 3-1 victory over the 27-year-old from Paderborn and he will now line-up against long-time adversary Gregory Gaultier, the man he beat in the finals of the 2011 and 2013 World Championships, to contest the final.

"What I was really pleased with was that when it came to the big points today I was able to raise my game and make them count," said Matthew afterwards.

"That's going to be especially important tomorrow against Greg because he looks in good form and I'm glad it didn't go into a fifth game because I'll need to be fresh tomorrow for the final."

The Englishman, a notoriously strong starter, lived up to his billing as he tested the tall German's physical abilities from the off, taking the opening game after 14-minutes but Rösner mounted a spirited fight-back in the second game and levelled the scores following some impressive action.

After restoring his advantage in the third, Matthew was forced to use everything in his locker to prevent the match from going into a fifth game, a scenario he has never experienced against Rösner in their five previous meetings, showing his mental composure and resolve to save four game-balls before eventually sealing the match in a tight tie-break, winning 11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 13-11 in 62-minutes.

"I was maybe a little guilty in the fifth game at 5-1 up of thinking about the next day and you can't do that against someone like Simon," he said.

"He can win points quickly and he's a very exciting player. He's an up and coming player so I'm happy to have won in four."

Gaultier (left), the current World No.2, ensured his place in the final with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Stephen Coppinger, ending the South African's hopes of reaching back-to-back finals on the PSA World Tour with a dominant 11-4, 11-3, 11-6 win which took just 33-minutes.

The victory means the Frenchman goes into the title-decider without having dropped a single game during the tournament.

Coppinger Halts Willstrop Comeback


South African Stephen Coppinger (below right in black), the 30-year-old World No.16, ended the return to action of England's James Willstrop during the quarter-finals of the 2015 CASE Swedish Open, taking out the former World No.1 3-1 to book his place in the last four.

It was the first time that Cape Town's Coppinger had recorded a victory over Willstrop on the PSA World Tour, having failed on all three previous attempts, but he outshone the Yorkshire-based man from the start, continuing to show the kind of composure and discipline that has seen him rise eight places in the world rankings in the last three months whilst finishing as runner-up at the recent Motor City Open.

After taking the lead in the first game, Coppinger showed his hunger by coming from 3-7 down in the second game to extend his advantage and take a commanding lead against Willstrop. The Englishman mounted a spirited fightback in the third game, eventually taking it 13-11 courtesy of four game balls, but he couldn't maintain momentum and Coppinger saw out the match 11-7, 11-9, 11-13, 11-7 after 63-minutes.

"We all know that James is an outstanding squash player but he had quite a slow start today and only found his rhythm after a while," said Coppinger.

"He has just come back from an injury and will certainly be back even stronger next game buy I'm very pleased to get the win today."

Coppinger will now face World No.2 and tournament top seed Gregory Gaultier in the semi-finals after the Frenchman easily disposed of qualifier Tom Richards while defacing champion and number two seed Nick Matthew (Left in Red) faces German Simon Rösner for a place in the final after a closely fought 3-0 victory over Australian Cameron Pilley.


Richards Romps Past Swiss Star In Sweden


England's Tom Richards, the 28-year-old World No.34 who earned his place in the main draw of the 2015 CASE Swedish Open after progressing through qualification, pulled off a shock victory over Switzerland's World No.18 Nicolas Mueller during the opening round of action in Linkoping.

Richards, who has plummeted from a high ranking of No.12 in 2013 after a series of injuries, had to come from behind against the talented Swiss star but showed impressive signs of composure and consistency to overcome Mueller 9-11, 11-1, 11-8, 11-5 in 54-minutes.

"I came off feeling as though I had played ok - not great and not bad either so I'm happy to get that win," said Richards after the match.

Elsewhere on the opening day there were routine wins for top seeds Gregory Gaultier and Nick Matthew, as they got the better of Fares Dessouki and Olli Tuominen, respectively, while England's James Willstrop made a winning return to the PSA World Tour following a five-month injury lay-off, beating compatriot Chris Simpson in a closely fought 3-2 encounter that tested him over 72-minutes.


World Champion Ashour To Contest 2015 Swedish Open


2014 Qatar PSA World Champion Ramy Ashour will look to add the Case Swedish Open trophy to his impressive collection of titles when the 2015 staging of Scandinavia's most prestigious squash tournament gets underway at the Linköping Sporthall, Sweden on Thursday February 5.

Ashour, who defeated current World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in one of the most dramatic World Championship finals of recent years, will be a hot favourite to win the title but will face stiff competition from defending champion Nick Matthew, who beat Ashour in the 2014 final, and World No.2 Gregory Gaultier at the head of a start-studded field.

With six top 10 players taking part, including English top 10 duo Peter Barker and James Willstrop and Simon Rösner, Germany's World No.10, the 2015 Case Swedish Open looks set to be one of the tightest PSA International 70 events of 2015.

"We're delighted to have such a strong collection of players competing in the 2015 Case Swedish Open and look forward to what promises to be a very exciting week of squash," said Fredrik Johnson, CEO of ActiPro.

"I am sure that in 2015 we will once again be treated to some world class action on the magnificent glass court here in Sweden and I cannot wait to see it unfold."

2015 Case Swedish Open - Entry List
1. Gregory Gaultier
2. Nick Matthew
3. Ramy Ashour
4. Peter Barker
5. James Willstrop
6. Simon Rösner
7. Marwan Elshorbagy
8. Nicolas Mueller
9. Cameron Pilley
10. Stephen Coppinger
11. Chris Simpson
Wildcard: Rasmus Hult

Having been held for the first time in the 1970s, the Swedish Open has grown to become one of the biggest International-level tournaments on the PSA World Tour calendar and will enter its twelfth year under the stewardship of ActiPro events.

The 2015 CASE Swedish Open will take place at Linköping Sporthall, Linköping from February 3 - February 8 and tickets can be purchased by visiting www.swedishopensquash.se