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Grasshopper Cup 2015

  Grasshopper Cup 2015
13-19 Apr, Zurich, $70k
Round One
15/16 Apr
17 Apr
18 Apr
19 Apr
[1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
11-8, 11-7, 11-9 (52m)
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
Gregory Gaultier
11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (45m)
Daryl Selby
Gregory Gaultier
11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (51m)
Migue Angel lRodriguez
Gregory Gaultier
11-8, 11-3, 11-9 (43m)
Simon Rösner
[7] Borja Golan (Esp)
13-11, 11-9, 11-5 (78m)
Daryl Selby (Eng)
[8] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 (90m)
[Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
Mathieu Castagnet
8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-2 (69m)
Migue Angel lRodriguez
[3] Migue Angel lRodriguez (Col)
5-11, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10 (76m)
[Q] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED)
[Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
11-9, 4-11, 11-4, 11-6 (66m)
[4] Tarek Momen (EGY)
Saurav Ghosal
8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8 (71m)
Simon Rösner
Simon Rösner
11-8, 13-11, 11-13, 11-6 (95m)
Omar Mosaad
[5] Simon Rösner (Ger)
11-8, 11-7, 11-5 (42m)
[wc] Reiko Peter (Sui)
[Q] Alan Clyne (SCO)
11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (38m)
[6] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
Omar Mosaad
11-3, 11-8, 7-11, 9-4 (retrd)
Ramy Ashour
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
3-11, 6-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-8 (69m)
[2] Ramy Ashour (Egy)
PSA International 70, Grasshopper Cup, Zurich, Switzerland
Gaultier Wins 2015 Grasshopper Cup


French World No.3 Gregory Gaultier lived up to his billing as the number one seed at the 2015 Grasshopper Cup, PSA International 70 event, taking home the title following a commanding 3-0 victory over German Simon Rösner in the final at Zurich's Puls 5.

Gaultier dominated from the outset against the World No.10 who looked visibly fatigued from spending over 200-minutes on court going into the finale, including a mammoth 94-minute semi-final, and the Frenchman rarely looked troubled as he claimed the 29th PSA World Tour title of his career without the loss of a single game during the tournament.

The man known as the "General' was in charge throughout the competition and he dispatched all comers to send a strong message out to his main title-rivals ahead of the Allam British Open, which gets underway on May 11, where he'll be hoping to retain the title he won in 2014.

"Winning this title means a lot because I haven't won a tournament for around six months," said Gaultier.

"I've had a fantastic week here, not only because I won, but because the quality of the event has been very high and I'm really happy with the form I have had on court through the week.

"It gives me a lot of confidence going forward to have a good week like this so I'm very happy."
Gaultier And Rösner Reach Grasshopper Final


Number one seed Gregory Gaultier, the French World No.3, will take on German World No.10 Simon Rösner in the final of the 2015 Grasshopper Cup, PSA International 70 tournament, in Zurich's Puls 5 venue.

The Frenchman will be gunning to collect the 29th PSA World Tour title of his career against the powerful man from Paderborn, who'll be competing in his 15th final, and after reaching the decider without dropping a single game en route the former World No.1 will be firm favourite to lift the trophy.

Gaultier secured his place in the final with an accomplished and polished display against World No.5 Miguel Angel Rodriguez, preventing the dynamic Colombian from using his electric pace as he dictated proceedings from the very first point.

"I'm really excited to be into another final and I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead," said Gaultier.

"All credit to Miguel as he's done really well this year but I guess it was my day today and I'll go now prepare myself as best I can and hopefully I'll be able to do my best to win another trophy tomorrow."

Rösner had to come through a 95-minute battle with World No.9 Omar Mosaad in order to book his place in the final, doing just enough to remain ahead of the powerful Egyptian, despite seeing two match ball opportunities go wasted, in what was a battle of hard-hitting giants.

"It's quite hard to get your head around leading 2-0 and being so close to winning and then not finishing it off," said Rösner.

"I had to dig deep and just forget about that third game and really concentrate in the fourth and I'm so happy, and relieved, to win against Omar and I'm hoping to come out fresh against Greg tomorrow and give it my all."
World Champion Falls In Grasshopper Quarters


World Champion Ramy Ashour's hopes of winning back-to-back PSA World Tour tournaments came crashing down as he limped off court against compatriot Omar Mosaad during the quarter-finals of the 2015 Grasshopper Cup in Zurich’s Puls 5 venue.

Ashour defied all logic to come from two-games down to beat home favourite Nicolas Mueller in his first round match and Mosaad showed his intent from the opening point, taking the ball short at every opportunity to test Ashour's movement following his first round battle, and it was a tactic that paid dividends.

The imposing World No.9 played with composure to take a two-game lead and while Ashour mounted a fightback to claw one game back, an awkward looking lunge during the third game left him anguishing and it proved to be the final nail in his tournament coffin, with the three-time World Champion and winner of last week's El Gouna International conceding the match with Mosaad dominantly ahead 11-3, 11-8, 7-11, 9-4.

"Of course I am happy to reach the semi-finals but that is not the way I want to win and it is hard for me," said Mosaad.

"I'm really sorry for what happened to Ramy. He played amazing in El Gouna last week but had a tough match against Nicolas Mueller last night, where I think he got injured, so I hope he has a speedy recovery.

"Tomorrow I play Simon Rösner and I will do my best and hopefully play well."

Mosaad's last four opponent came through a tough match against Indian qualifier Saurav Ghosal to book his berth in the semi-finals, struggling to find his best form during the encounter but managing enough to keep the Indian pocket rocket at bay, whilst top seed Gregory Gaultier, the World No.3, was in commanding form against England's Daryl Selby.

The Frenchman controlled proceeding from the start in a scintillating performance, winning 3-0 in just 45-minutes.

"Daryl is a great mover and he absorbs pressure really well so you always have to be on your toes and control the court against him and break his rhythm," said Gaultier.

"I managed to move a little better today than the first round and play more accurately. I had a little bit more confidence today as well ager the first round and I feel like I played quite well today."

Gaultier will take on World No.5 Miguel Angel Rodriguez of Colombia in the last four.
Ashour Ends Home Hopes In Swiss Rollercoaster


World Champion Ramy Ashour triumphed in a frenetic roller coaster of an encounter with home favourite and World No.20 Nicolas Mueller during the second day of first round action at the 2015 Grasshopper Cup, PSA International 70 tournament.

In front of a sell-out crowd in Zurich's Puls 5 venue, Ashour, who beat World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy last week to win the El Gouna International in one of the greatest matches of recent times, got off to a lethargic start, showing signs of rustiness following his four-month injury-absence pre-El Gouna as he struggled to find his rhythm on court.

Sensing his opportunity, Mueller pounced, producing some of his best ever squash to race into a two-game lead to leave Ashour staring at a first round exit before he produced a miracle comeback to win 3-2 after an throughly enthralling 69-minutes.

"I think I was on my fourth or fifth wind my the end of that match but I just kept on digging and digging," said Ashour.

"Nicky was playing amazingly well, which he always seems to do against me, and the crowd were all fully behind him as well but I'm proud of how I managed to stay positive and push to get the result.

"I had a brutal tournament in El Gouna last week and coming here was not easy but the promoters are doing an amazing job looking after the players and I'm really happy to be in Zurich for the first time and delighted to win today."

The turning point in the match came in the third game, when at 9-9 Ashour upped his level to save the match and grasp a foothold and deliver a hammer blow to the local hero.

Mueller lifted himself again in the fourth and again found himself just two points away from glory, levelling the game at 10-10, but again it was Ashour who won the crucial points and the maverick Egyptian then upped his game again to storm to a 6-0 lead in the fifth.

In a see-saw encounter Mueller brought it back to 5-6, but he couldn't find the killer blow and saw his hopes of recording a huge upset vanish as the 27-year-old from Cairo came back to win in dramatic circumstances.

Ashour will now face compatriot Omar Mosaad in the quarter-finals in what promises to be a bruising all-Egyptian encounter.
Gaultier Gallops Through In Grasshopper Cup


Number one seed and World No.3 Gregory Gaultier wasted no time in securing his place in the quarter-finals of the 2015 Grasshopper Cup, PSA International 70 tournament, ruthlessly dispatching Cameron Pilley 3-0 during the first day of action at Zurich's stunning Puls 5 venue.

The 32-year-old Frenchman from Aix-en-Provence started the match slowly and it was the 6' 3" Australian who raced into an 8-4 lead in the first game, but Gaultier showed exactly why he's remained one of the sport's dominant players over the last decade, scoring seven unanswered points to take the opening game and set up the platform from which to dominate.

From then on the man known as 'The General' was in charge, and despite Pilley mounting a strong challenge in the third game to hold a 7-2 lead and take advantage of Gaultier's impatience as he tried to get off court before midnight, it was the top seed who saw out the match 11-8, 11-7, 11-9.

"At the beginning he was on fire and I was on the back foot but I managed to regroup and find my length and play with some better variation," said Gaultier.

"It was a tough match and obviously I'm happy to go through 3-0 especially because that was maybe the first time in my career that I've played that late, but you have to come prepared to deal with the conditions.

"I had a bit of a lack of concentration in the middle of the second and third games but I'm happy how I responded to get the win."

Earlier in the day England's Daryl Selby, the unseeded World No.15, upset the seedings by beating World No.11 Borja Golan 3-0, showing the form and skill that previously took him as high as World No.9 in the process.

Selby controlled proceedings from the start and after spending an agonising 216 minutes on court during the recent El Gouna International, the 32-year-old was relieved to complete the straight-games 13-11, 11-9, 11-5 win.

"It's massive to get a 3-0 win against Borja in the first round," said Selby.

"I've been in good form recently and I want to finish the second half of the season strong and carry that form all the way through to the end. I'm unseeded here and took a bit of a chance as I knew whoever I got would be tough, but it paid off."
Gaultier Tops Grasshopper Cup Draw


World No.2 Gregory Gaultier will be favourite to claim a 29th career PSA World Tour title when the 2015 Grasshopper Cup, PSA International 70, tournament gets underway in Zurich on Wednesday April 15.

The maverick Frenchman has failed to add to his career tally since winning the 2014 NetSuite Open but he'll be hungry to return to winning ways when the tournament moves to the new all-glass court at the city's stunning Giessereihalle Puls 5 venue but with six of the world's top ten players, including 2014 World Champion Ramy Ashour, all in contention, it promises to be an electric week in Switzerland.

Home favourite Nicolas Mueller will take on Ashour in the first round, when he'll be hoping to spring a huge upset, while wildcard Reiko Peter faces a tough task against World No.9 Simon Rösner in one of the toughest 16-man draws seen on tour this year.

And with Miguel Angel Rodriguez, Tarek Momen, Borja Golan, Mathieu Castagnet and Omar Mosaad also all in contention, Swiss squash fans will be in for a treat of top class action.