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17/05/2015
Allam British Open 2015 (Men)

Reports
  Final      Semi Finals      Quarter Finals     2nd Round    1st Round   Preview
Allam British Open 2015
Men's Draw
Hull, United Kingdom, $150k
Click here for Women's Event
Round One
11-12 May
Round Two
13-14 May
Quarters
15 May
Semis
16 May
Final
17 May
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy)
11-7, 5-11, 11-4, 11-7 (49m)
James Willstrop (Eng)
Mohamed Elshorbagy
4-11, 11-8, 11-6, 1-11, 11-7 (68m)
Borja Golan
Mohamed Elshorbagy
11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (37m)
Simon Rosner
Mohamed Elshorbagy
11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5 (54m)
Nick Matthew
Mohamed Elshorbagy
11-9, 6-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-5 (94m)
Gregory Gaultier

 

Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (53m).
Borja Golan (Esp)
Fares Dessouki (Egy)
11-2, 10-12, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5 (73m)
[Q] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
Fares Dessouki
11-9, 11-4, 12-14, 13-11 (91m)
Simon Rosner
[7] Simon Rosner (Ger)
11-5, 11-5, 11-7 (40m)
[Q] Ben Coleman (Eng)
[6] Peter Barker (Eng)
12-10, 11-2 rtd (26m)
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
Mathieu Castagnet
11-6, 11-3, 11-4 (41m)
Marwan Elshorbagy
Mathieu Castagnet
11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (50m)
Nick Matthew
Alister Walker (Bot)
10-12, 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (43m)
Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy)
Gregoire Marche (Fra)
11-3, 13-11, 11-5 (43m)
[Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)
Gregoire Marche
7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (65m)
Nick Matthew
[3] Nick Matthew (Eng)
6-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-9 (60m)
[Q] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
Chris Simpson (Eng)
12-10, 11-7, 11-7 (57m)
[4] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
11-4, 11-2, 11-4 (28m)
Karim Abdel Gawad
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
 11-8, 5-11, 11-5, 11-7 (66m)
Tarek Momen
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
11-9, 11-3, 11-9 (57m)
Gregory Gaultier
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 (80m)
Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
[Q] Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 3-11, 11-5 (64m)
Stephen Coppinger (Rsa)
Zahed Mohamed
10-12, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (46m)
Tarek Momen
[wc] Adrian Waller (Eng)
10-12, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (45m)
[6] Tarek Momen (Egy)
Max Lee (Hkg)
9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (55m)
[8] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
Omar Mosaad
10-12, 11-5, 4-11, 11-7, 11-7 (65m)
Mazen Hesham
Mazen Hesham
11-7, 11-7, 11-9 (45m)
Gregory Gaultier
[Q] Leo Au (Hkg)
9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (56m)
Mazen Hesham (Egy)
[Q] Tom Richards (Eng)
12-10, 9-11, 11-1, 11-5 (61m)
Daryl Selby (Eng)
Tom Richards
11-3, 11-1, 11-7 (34m)
Gregory Gaultier
[Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11-6, 11-6, 15-13 (39m)
[2] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)

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Qualifying finals 10th May:

[1] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned) 3-2 Greg Lobban (Sco)  11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 6-11, 11-4 (61m)
[11] Zahed Mohamed (Egy) 3-1 Richie Fallows (Eng)            11-9, 11-7, 4-11, 11-8 (53m)
[5] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) 3-1 [15] Nasir Iqbal (Pak)   12-10, 2-11-11-9, 11-5 (39m)
[4] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) 3-1 [16] Rex Hedrick (Aus)         11-6, 11-9, 1-11, 11-6 (74m)
Ben Coleman (Eng) 3-0 James Earles (Eng)                                 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (40m)
[6] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy) 3-0 [9] Shaun Le Roux (Rsa)          11-8, 12-10, 11-6 (42m)
[8] Leo Au (Hkg) 3-1 [13] Henrik Mustonen                          8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (54m)
[2] Tom Richards (Eng) 3-0 [14] Lucas Serme (Fra)                    14-12, 11-3, 11-0 (40m)

Round One, 9th May:  

[1] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)    bye
Greg Lobban (Sco) 3-0 [13] Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind)                   11-5, 11-5, 9-3 rtd (30m)
[11] Zahed Mohamed (Egy) 3-1 Charles Sharpes (Eng)            13-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9 (63m)
Richie Fallows (Eng) 3-0 [7] Olli Tuominen (Fin)                                11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (35m)
[5] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) 3-1 Eddie Charlton (Eng)         11-9 , 11-8, 3-11, 11-7 (45m)
[15] Nasir Iqbal (Pak) 3-1 Ashley Davies (Eng)                         11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8 (44m)
[16] Rex Hedrick (Aus) 3-2 Joel Hinds (Eng)                    4-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8 (84m)
[4] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) 3-2 Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)  7-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-13, 11-5 (84m)
James Earles (Eng) 3-2 [3] Alan Clyne (Sco)                  4-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9 (69m)
Ben Coleman (Eng) 3-0 [10] Joe Lee (Eng)                                     11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (39m)
[9] Shaun Le Roux (Rsa) 3-2 Steve Finitsis (Aus)          9-11, 13-11, 4-11, 11-5 , 11-8 (95m)
[6] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy) 3-0 Declan James (Eng)                     11-9, 11-4, 11-2 (34m)
[8] Leo Au (Hkg) 3-0 Lewis Walters (Jam)                                       11-2, 11-5, 11-7 (28m)
[13] Henrik Mustonen (Fin) 3-0 Paul Rawden (Eng)                         11-6, 11-3, 11-7 (24m)
[14] Lucas Serme (Fra) 3-0 Andrew Wagih (Egy)                            11-5, 11-4, 11-8 (35m)
[2] Tom Richards (Eng) 3-0 Farhan Zaman (Pak)                           11-1, 12-10, 11-7 (41m)
  

Final

Elshorbagy Is British Open Champion

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24-year-old World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy capped what has been a remarkable 12-months for the Bristol-based Egyptian by lifting the prestigious 2015 Allam British Open title courtesy of a 3-2 win over defending champion Gregory Gaultier in a breath-taking finale at Hull's Airco Arena today (May 17).

In a bruising 94-minute battle that ebbed and flowed throughout it was Elshorbagy, who has held the number one spot unopposed since November 2014, who fought back from 2-1 down against the formidable Frenchman to triumph in the 'Wimbledon of Squash' for the first time in his career.

It was a special moment for the man who has reached the final in all of the last seven PSA World Series tournaments as it sees him write his name in the history books alongside his mentor and coach Jonah Barrington, the legendary star who won the British Open title six times from 1967 - 1973 during an iconic career.

“Greg was playing so well today, he was absolutely killing me in that second and third game and I didn’t know what to do,” Elshorbagy said.

“I just started hitting everything hard and just told myself not to give up and to fight until the last point. I wanted to make him work as hard as I could and I was maybe a little lucky in the end.

“So many prestigious names have won this trophy and to win this title in front of Jahangir Khan [ten-time British Open winner] is such an honour and my own coach, Jonah Barrington, won this title six times so to be able to put my name on the same trophy is great.

"I called him after the match and told me that I just have to win it five more times now! But I am really happy - It means a lot to be able to put my name on this famous trophy and end the season is such a great way.”




 
Semi Finals

Gaultier One Step Away From Retaining British Open Title

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Defending champion Gregory Gaultier looked in ominous form as he dispatched dangerous Colombian World No.5 Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the semi-finals of the 2015 Allam British Open in Hull's Airco Arena today (May 16) to keep alive his hopes of winning the prestigious title for the third time.

The enigmatic Frenchman, who won the 'Wimbledon of Squash' in 2007 and 2014, has cruised through the tournament without dropping a single game and took just under an hour to see off the acrobatic man from Bogota 3-0 to set up a title-decider with World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy.

Gaultier has lost his last two encounters with the Bristol-based Egyptian, including the final of the 2014 Hong Kong Open, but after overcoming a troubling Achilles-tendon issue that has hampered his recent tournaments the 32-year-old is relishing the chance to contest his first PSA World Series final since that defeat in the far east.

"Last year he (Mohamed) took my number one spot," said Gaultier.

"He's a fantastic player and he deserves to be up there but tomorrow it's match time and you take the chance to win when you get it and I'll be giving it 200 per cent to win.

"I lost the last few times we played so I'm happy to have a rematch and I want to finish the season on a positive note."

Elshorbagy booked his place in the final courtesy of a 3-1 win over 2014 runner-up and three-time champion Nick Matthew as he aims to win his second PSA World Series title of the year to add to January's J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.

“The British Open is special for everyone," said the 24-year-old.

"You always want to have your name on that prestigious trophy. For me, I want it a bit more because I have Jonah [Barrington] as my coach who is like my father figure as well who has won it six times so I am determined to get my name on there beside his."
 

Quarter Finals

Top Seeds Soar Into British Open Semis

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All top four seeds moved into the semi-finals of the 2015 Allam British Open taking place at Hull's Airco Arena following a thrilling evening of action in what is the oldest and most historic tournament in the world of squash.

Fans in attendance at the 'Wimbledon of Squash' were treated to an enthralling evening in which defending champion Gregory Gaultier stormed past giant-killing Egyptian Mazen Hesham to keep alive his hopes of claiming back-to-back titles to join World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy, World No.2 Nick Matthew and World No.5 Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the last four.

The French World No.3 looked in imperious form as he dispatched the 21-year-old challenger 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 in 45-minutes and says he feels confident ahead of a showdown with Colombian live wire Rodriguez in tomorrow's (May 16) semi-finals.

"Mazen is only 21 and he's very skilful so you don't expect what's coming and that means you have to really focus and play tight against him," said Gaultier.

"I really enjoyed playing him and that kind of match really activates me ahead of tomorrow. I beat Miguel two weeks ago but he played unbelievable tonight so I will try to use my experience and do my best and see what happens and hopefully it will be a great match in front of a full crowd.

"I'm feeling really relaxed at the minute. I enjoy coming here and for me it's the last push of the season. I've been struggling this year with my Achilles but I'm really enjoying being back on court at the moment so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

34-year-old Matthew, the man Gaultier beat in the finale 12 months ago, ensured he remains on course for a fourth British Open triumph with a dominant 3-0 win over French number two Mathieu Castagnet to show that his recovery from a recent ankle injury continues unimpeded.

“The competitive animal that I am, I wouldn't have played just to make up the numbers," said Matthew.

"I guess if you’d offered me a place in the semi-finals before the tournament I’m sure I would have taken it because it means I would have been feeling healthy but once you get to a semi-final anything can happen - the four guys who get to that stage are all capable of winning it."

Matthew will now face World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in the semi-finals where he will hope to pick up where he left off against the Egyptian before injury brought their semi-final encounter in El Gouna to a premature end.

 

 

2nd Round Lower Half

Heroic Hesham Downs Mosaad In British Open Upset

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21-year-old Egyptian talent Mazen Hesham produced a stunning performance in the second round of the 2015 Allam British Open, PSA World Series tournament, to book his place in the quarter-finals after downing compatriot Omar Mosaad in a giant-killing act at Hull's Airco Arena.

The World No.32, who only found himself in the main draw following the withdrawal of four-time World Champion Amr Shabana prior to the start of the competition, twice came from behind in a thrilling encounter with the towering World No.9 in which he displayed a dazzling array of talents that was at times totally sublime.

Despite never previously making it past the qualifying stages at the prestigious 'Wimbledon of Squash' the youngster followed up his first round win over Hong Kong's Leo Au to take out Mosaad and move into the quarter-finals of a PSA World Series event for the first time in his career.

"I'm so happy to be in the quarter-finals of a World Series event for the first time in my life especially in such a big event like the British Open," said Hesham.

"This is one of the biggest wins of my career. It's the second time I have played and beaten a top ten player and it's an awesome feeling but it's also a little emotional because I know him so well.

"Omar has been a role-model for me and all the other Egyptians and he's a great sportsman and example to all of us - he's like a big brother to me.

"I play him probably once a week so we know each other's games pretty well but I’m sure he’s going to be happy for me, he’s a good guy, and I'm very very happy to win and I'm going to sleep as much, and eat as much, as I can to get ready for tomorrow."

Hesham will now face defending champion Gregory Gaultier in the last eight after the Frenchman rolled past England's Tom Richards, taking just 34-minutes to complete a straight-forward 11-3, 11-1, 11-7 win.

Elsewhere there were wins for Egyptian Tarek Momen, who defeated compatriot Zahed Mohamed, and Colombian World No.5 Miguel Angel Rodriguez, who kept alive his hopes of reaching the semi-finals of a PSA World Series for the second time with a comfortable 3-0 win over Karim Abdel Gawad.

"It's been a long tough season for all the players but I need to push especially now I'm in my second world series quarter-final of the year and I'm going to give it my best tomorrow," said Rodriguez.
 

2nd Round Top Half

Elshorbagy Narrowly Avoids British Open Exit

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World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy narrowly avoided crashing out of the 2015 Allam British Open at the second round stage following a gritty encounter with top Spanish player Borja Golan at Hull's Airco Arena today (May 13).

The 24-year-old Bristol-based Egyptian, who has failed to add to his World Series trophy tally since winning January's J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, appeared to struggle at times with a heavily strapped right leg but managed to find enough in his locker to see off a spirited challenge from 32-year-old Golan.

"Borja played very well tonight and he played completely differently to how he normally plays against me and he had me very nervous," said Elshorbagy.

"Especially in the fourth game he played very well and I had to dig deep in the fifth and use some experience to stay in there and I'm just glad I was able to finish it off at the end.

"I had a bit of slip against James (Willstrop) in the first round and hurt my leg but hopefully I can carry on all week. It's the last event of the season and I know that even on one leg I can keep going - I’m in the quarter–finals now and I have a rest day to take full advantage of tomorrow."

Earlier in the day England's three-time British Open champion Nick Matthew, the 34-year-old from Sheffield, produced a tough come-from-behind victory over Frenchman Gregoire Marche after just over an hour on court and will now face a second consecutive Frenchman in the last eight in the form of World No.11 Mathieu Castagnet.

"Gregoire made me use every ounce of experience on the court tonight," said Matthew.

"I'm starting slowly and tentatively at the minute and you can't afford to give these guys a head start early on, they're getting out to 7-1 before I'm starting to get firing, so there's plenty to work on ahead of the quarter-finals."

 

1st Round Lower Half

Egyptians Dominate Last 16 At Allam British Open

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The second round of the 2015 Allam British Open, PSA World Series tournament, will be dominated by Egyptians as eight of the country's top squash players made it through the first round of action at the prestigious tournament currently taking place at the Airco Arena, Hull.

Despite the absence of current World Champion Ramy Ashour and four-time World Champion Amr Shabana in this year's event Egyptian names will still occupy 50 per cent of the last sixteen line up, with rising stars such as Mazen Hesham and Fares Dessouki joining the likes of World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy.

Qualifier Zahed Mohamed, the World No.39, pulled off one of the most impressive wins of the first round courtesy of a surprise 3-2 victory over World No.18 Stephen Coppinger during the second day of action while Karim Abdel Gawad, Omar Mosaad, Hesham and Tarek Momen all prevailed to join Elshorbagy, Dessouki and Marwan Elshorbagy in the second round.

Elsewhere on day two defending Champion Gregory Gaultier (right), the 32-year-old Frenchman, began his bid to win back-to-back trophies with a 3-0 demolition of Malaysian qualifier Nafiizwan Adnan.

"He was really sharp in the third and I had to really push to get though that game so I'm happy with how I came through that and I was feeling good with how I played," said Gaultier.
 

1st round Top Half

Mixed Fortunes For Home Hopes In British Open Openers

England's top squash stars suffered a day of mixed fortunes during the opening round of the 2015 Allam British Open, PSA World Series event, with three-time World Champion Nick Matthew (left in blue) the only representative to progress on day one of action at Hull's Airco Arena.

Dubbed the 'Wimbledon of squash', the British Open is the most prestigious tournament to take place in the United Kingdom but it was a disappointing day for home talent, with Peter Barker, the World No.6, James Willstrop, the World No.15 and World No.77 Ben Coleman all suffering first round defeats.

Former World No.1 Willstrop lost out in a gigantic opener against current World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy, the Bristol-based Egyptian, with Coleman falling to German Simon Rösner and injury ending Barker's hopes of progress, but there was joy for Matthew as he saw off Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema 3-1 to continue his recovery from a recent ankle-injury.

"I'm delighted to get off the court in one piece today and it feels like I've just won a tournament at the minute because you can take being healthy for granted at times," said the 34-year-old from Sheffield three-time British Open winner.

"A lot of work has gone in with my physio and the team behind the scenes to get me here to the start line. I've got 48 hours rest and recovery now and the amount of improvement my ankle has been making every day this week is great so hopefully we can keep that moving on now over the next 48 hours."

Matthew came into the tournament with question marks over his fitness after limping off court during April's El Gouna International but the tenacious Yorkshireman utilised his wealth of experience to move into the second round where he will face Frenchman Gregoire Marche.

Elsewhere on day one there were impressive victories for Spaniard Borja Golan and Egyptian pairing Fares Dessouki and Marwan Elshorbagy.

The second half of first round action continues tomorrow from 12noon at both the Airco Arena and University of Hull.
 
Preview

Willstrop On Right Track Ahead of British Open

England’s James Willstrop, the 31-year-old from Pontefract, believes that he’s on track to get back to his best at next week’s Allam British Open following an injury-disrupted season on the PSA World Tour.

The former World No.1, who reached the quarter-final stage during the 2014 edition of the tournament before being eliminated by current World Champion Ramy Ashour, has been limited to competing in just four events since then after undergoing treatment on a hip injury, but he believes he’s returning to form just in time.

Willstrop made his comeback to the PSA World Tour during February’s CASE Swedish Open and after reaching the quarter-finals during last month’s El Gouna International, successfully coming through two tough 60-minute encounters en route, the signs are good for the talented shot-maker ahead of a mouth-watering first round encounter.

“I’m happy I have played in a few tournaments recently and I’ve had the chance to get a good month of training in which gives me a great platform to have a real go at the Allam British Open,” said the three-time tournament runner-up.

“Getting through three hard days of squash in Egypt was more than I could have expected and it’s a boost for me so it confirms that I’m on the right track.

“It was brilliant playing in Hull last year, I thought the venue looked really good and it was a pleasure to play there. Obviously for me as well it’s only down the road which is a great comfort as I don’t have to travel far and that’s a special thing for me to be so close to home.

Willstrop is unseeded for the event and faces World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in the opening round, where he knows victory would open up the draw.

“I’m playing the best player in the world straight up which is obviously a tough ask,” he said. “But it’s also really exciting to be honest and I’m looking forward to it.”

Gaultier Relishing British Open Return

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Defending champion Gregory Gaultier says he's relishing the prospect of returning to Hull to contest the 2015 Allam British Open as he guns to win the title for a third time.

The Frenchman triumphed in emotional circumstances 12-months ago when he beat home-favourite Nick Matthew comprehensively in the finale and after returning to winning ways at last month's Grasshopper Cup, following a prolonged calf-related niggle, he's looking forward to returning to the scene of his last PSA World Series tournament triumph.

"I’m really looking forward to being back in Hull," said the 32-year-old.

"We’ve been there two times before and it’s been brilliant on both occasions and obviously I’ve done well there as well making the final both times and winning last year - so it's a place that I'm looking forward to going back to.

"The tournament is fantastically organised and Dr Allam really does a great job supporting squash and we’re all very thankful to him and all the people involved in the tournament."

Gaultier is seeded second for the tournament, behind current World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy, and will face a qualifier in his opening match on Tuesday May 12 – with a match-up with England’s Daryl Selby likely to await in the second round.
 

 


 

 

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