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21/11/2015
Men's World Championships 2015

REPORTS
Qualifying Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Quarters Semis Final
  Men's World Championship 2015
13 - 22 Nov, $325k
Official Site
Round 2
17 - 18 Nov
Round 3
19 Nov
Quarters
20 Nov
Semis
21 Nov
Final
22 Nov
(1) Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)
11-8, 11-5, 11-2 (31m)
Tom Richards (ENG)
Mohamed Elshorbagy
11-4, 11-7, 10-12, 11-7 (64m)
James Willstrop
James Willstrop
11-5, 11-7, 11-4 (42m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
James Willstrop
11-1, 11-8, 11-8 (50m)
Gregory Gaultier


Gregory Gaultier

11-6, 11-7, 12-10 (58m)
Omar Mosaad
 
James Willstrop (ENG)
11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (41m)
(16) Saurav Ghosal (IND)
(9) Mathieu Castagnet FRA
11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (41m)
Todd Harrity (USA)
Mathieu Castagnet
7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-2 (74m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Campbell Grayson (NZL)
11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (38m)
(5) Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
(6) Simon Rösner  (GER)
16-18, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (75m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
Simon Rösner
7-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-9 (78m)
Ali Farag
Ali Farag
5-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-1, 11-3 (72m)
Gregory Gaultier
Ali Farag (EGY)
11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 (53m)
(13) Max Lee (HKG)
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4 (83m)
Fares Dessouki (EGY)
Karim Ali Fathi
11-5, 11-3, 11-3 (28m)
Gregory Gaultier
Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (35m)
(3) Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
(4) Ramy Ashour  (EGY)
11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (37m)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
Ramy Ashour
11-6, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7 (54m)
Karim Abdel Gawad
Ramy Ashour
11-8, 11-7, 1-11, 1-11, 11-5 (61m)
Omar Mosaad
Omar Mosaad
11-4, 11-4, 11-8 (50m)
Tarek Momen
Cesar Salazar (MEX)
11-7, 11-3, 14-12 (37m)
(12) Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
(14) Borja Golan (ESP)
11-9, 13-11, 11-5 (55m)
Paul Coll (NZL)
Borja Golan
6-11, 11-4, 11-3, 13-11 (65m)
Omar Mosaad
Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
11-7, 10-12, 4-11, 11-8, 11-1 (75m)
(7) Omar Mosaad (EGY)
(8) Tarek Momen (EGY)
11-6, 11-1, 17-15 (43m)
Diego Elias (PER)
Tarek Momen
7-11, 11-3, 11-3, 11-7 (55m)
Gregoire Marche
Tarek Momen
5-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7 (84m)
Nick Matthew
Gregoire Marche (FRA)
6-11, 11-4, 11-8, 3-11, 11-7 (88m)
(15) Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
[10] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)
11-7, 11-5, 13-11 (61m)
Daryl Selby (ENG)
Marwan Elshorbagy
13-11, 12-10, 11-5 (54m)
Nick Matthew
Karim El Hammamy (EGY)
11-2, 11-8, 11-4 (38m)
(2) Nick Matthew (ENG)
Results – 2015 Men’s World Squash Championship: Qualifying Finals:
[1] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt [26] James Huang (TPE) 3-1: 11-3, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8 (59m)
[6] Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [31] Shehab Essam (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5 (59m)
[4] Joe Lee (ENG) bt [20] Reiko Peter (SUI) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-7 (35m)
[7] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) bt [23] Chris Hanson (USA) 3-0: 11-4, 12-10, 11-4 (32m)
[15] Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) bt Lance Beddoes (NZL) 3-0: 11-4, 12-10, 11-1 (37m)
[16] Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt [32] George Parker (ENG) 3-2: 11-3, 10-12, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6 (61m)
[13] Todd Harrity (USA) bt [21] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 12-10, 11-4 (35m)
[9] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt [24] Shahier Razik (CAN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-7 (33m)
[19] Peter Creed (WAL) bt [10] Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-1: 11-7, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5 (84m)
[11] Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt [25] Steven Finitsis (AUS) 3-2: 11-8, 13-15, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7 (84m)
[27] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) bt [14] Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-4 (32m)
[12] Ben Coleman (ENG) bt Evan Williams (NZL) 3-0: 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 (51m)
[5] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt [29] Nathan Lake (ENG) 3-1: 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-3 (52m)
[28] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) bt [3] Rex Hedrick (AUS) 3-0: 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 (64m)
[8] Mohamed Reda (EGY) bt Thoboki Mohohlo (RSA)3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-2 (25m)
[18] Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY) bt [2] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (34m)

Results – 2015 Men’s World Championship: Qualification Round One
James Huang (TPE) bt Clinton Leeuw (RSA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (34m)
Lance Beddoes (NZL) bt Joel Hinds (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 15-13 (60m)
Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) bt Robertino Pezzota (ARG) w/o
Christopher Gordon (USA) bt Nicolas Talbott (USA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 (25m)
Peter Creed (WAL) bt Shahjahan Khan (PAK) 3-1: 11-5, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7 (61m)
Nathan Lake (ENG) bt Chris van der Salm (NZL) 3-1: 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8 (49m)
Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Ben Grindrod (NZL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 (24m)
Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (32m)
Shehab Essam (EGY) bt Manoel Pereira (BRA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 (36m)
George Parker (ENG) bt Ahmed Hassan (ZIM) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (21m)
Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt Sam Gould (USA) 3-0: 11-2, 11-4, 11-7 (22m)
Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt Wael El Hindi (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 15-13 (44m)
Steven Finitsis (AUS) bt Ramit Tandon (IND) 3-1: 11-7, 7-11, 11-2, 11-9 (53m)
Karim El Hammamy (EGY) bt Elliot Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 12-10 (34m)
Reiko Peter (SUI) bt Charlie Johnson (ENG) 3-1; 10-12, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (49m)
Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) bt Supreet Singh (IND) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (31m)
Todd Harrity (USA) bt Basem Makram (EGY) 3-0: 11-2, 11-9, 11-3 (34m)
Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) bt Sharif Khan (USA) 3-0: 13-11, 11-7, 11-7 (24m)
Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) bt Amaad Fareed (PAK) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 14-12 (37m)
Thoboki Mohohlo (RSA) bt Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-1: 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 (47m)
Mohamed Reda (EGY) bt Karim Abouhassan (KUW) w/o
Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) bt Faraz Khan (USA) 3-1: 11-4, 12-10, 6-11, 11-6 (47m)
Chris Hanson (USA) bt Adam Perkiomaki (USA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (30m)
Shahier Razik (CAN) bt Matias Tuomi (FIN) 3-0; 11-8, 11-5, 11-2 (32m)
Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL) 3-1: 7-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (47m)
Ben Coleman (ENG) bt Mike Lewis (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-3 (24m)
Evan Williams (NZL) bt Andrew Schnell (CAN) 3-1: 8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 13-11 (50m)
Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY) bt Salim Khan (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 13-11 (23m)

 
Final

Frenchman Gregory Gaultier Is 2015 World Champion

32-year-old Gregory Gaultier ended nine years of heartbreak to win the most prestigious tournament in squash at the fifth time of asking, defeating Egyptian Omar Mosaad in the final of the 2015 PSA Men’s World Squash Championship in Bellevue, Washington.

Gaultier had tasted bitter defeat in four previous finals, none more so than in 2006 when he squandered five match balls against Australian David Palmer, but produced a masterclass performance to defeat the hard-hitting Egyptian in straight-games to seal the title and trigger scenes of emotional celebration.

“It’s unbelievable, there’s no words that can describe this feeling,” said Gaultier.

“It’s better late than never. Since I was a kid it was always my dream to win this tournament. Maybe in the past I put too much pressure on myself. I remember my first experience at 23-years-old in front of the pyramids in Egypt. I had five match balls and I remember at that point I started to feel like a kind of asthma. My head was shaky and frozen.

“I couldn’t finish off the match but you always learn from losses and it was an experience. I lost four times and I kept wondering if it was ever going to happen. I just kept on believing in myself, kept on working hard. I was always disciplined.”

The current World No.3, whose victory will propel him to the top of the PSA World Rankings come December 1st, controlled the court as he played with unrelenting determination. A huge fightback from Mosaad in the third threatened to change the complexion of the match but an exquisite drop shot to level the game at 10-10 handed the flamboyant man from Aix-en-Provence the momentum, which he used to full advantage.

“It’s my fourth time as World No.1, it’s always a target,” added the man who triumphed in the wake of the Paris attacks in his home country.

“I train to become the best and it’s magic when it happens. It is the cherry on the top of an amazing day and it’s amazing to share it with the people around me who work so hard as well.

“Our hearts were broken with what happened in Paris - all the French people and all around the world. So many people came to talk to me and support me about it. There should be peace in this world and respect. Whoever you are you have to give respect to people. There should be no terror and today we put on a great fight, but it was a fight with respect on and off court.”

Defeated finalist Mosaad added: “Gaultier is such an experienced player and to play against him is really hard. He played really well, put me in trouble but I think I did a good job this tournament. I’m really happy to have reached the final and I’m looking forward to my next tournament.”
 


Squash Legend Jahingir Khan with Gregory
and the Men's World Championship Trophy

Semis

Gaultier And Mosaad To Contest 2015 World Championships Final

A new name will be etched on to the most prestigious trophy in squash tomorrow when debutant finalist Omar Mosaad and four-time runner-up Gregory Gaultier go head-to-head in the finale of the 2015 Men’s World Squash Championship in Bellevue, Washington in one of the most unexpected finals in the tournament’s 39-year history.

Gaultier, the Frenchman who lost the 2007 final after squandering five match balls before also falling at the final hurdle in the 2008, 2011 and 2013 tournaments, produced a master-class against giant-killer James Willstrop to secure his berth in the title-decider. Willstrop had already taken out top seed and pre-event favourite Mohamed Elshorbagy and World No.5 Miguel Angel Rodriguez in stunning style to reach the last four but Gaultier was impeccable as he saw out the match in straight-games, winning 11-1, 11-8, 11-8 after just 50 minutes.

“I’ve lost four finals in my life and I had five match balls and obviously didn’t make it,” said Gaultier, who was quick to mention the impact of the Paris attacks on his hunger to win.

“But I am more than motivated to win tomorrow. I came here and I was sick the first few days and I was struggling but I had to deal with it. The motivation makes the difference at the end of the day - if your head is there you can deal with anything.

“Everybody was really touched about what happened in France and what’s happening at the moment in the whole world - I’m determined to make it for myself, for my country, for my team and for everybody who supports me in the world.”

Gaultier will line up against Omar Mosaad in a repeat of the 2015 Delaware Investments U.S. Open final after the man known as the ‘Hammer of Thor’, for his hard-hitting style, followed up his huge quarter-final upset win over 2014 champion Ramy Ashour with a classy straight-games victory over compatriot Tarek Momen.

The number eight seed outclassed Momen in one of the finest performances of his career to secure his place in what could be a career-defining contest, which poignantly comes just three months after the 28-year-old lost his mother and sister in a tragic car accident in Egypt.

“To be in the final of the World Championship is an amazing feeling,” said Mosaad.

“It’s the second time this season I’ve made a big final so I’m really happy and I hope I can play well tomorrow and win. Today was tough but I will pick myself up now, recover, and hopefully come back string tomorrow.

“Three months ago my family had an accident and I lost two of them, so I hope I can win tomorrow and dedicate this title to my father because he deserves it. He’s been a role model for me and I want to win for him.”
 

Quarters

Defending Champion Ashour And World No.2 Matthew Out Of 2015 World Championship

28-year-old Egyptian Ramy Ashour’s hopes of winning back-to-back PSA Men’s World Squash Championship titles came crashing down at the hands of compatriot Omar Mosaad (right) during the quarter-final stage of the 2015 iteration of squash’s most prestigious tournament, taking place at the Meydenbauer Centre in Bellevue, Washington.

The three-time World Championship winner has endured a torrid time with injures during the past 18-months and cut an agonising figure as his notoriously troublesome hamstring once again flared up during the fifth game of the 61 minute battle to prevent him from competing during the final exchanges.

Mosaad, World No.6, produced a display of note during the opening two games as he out-gunned Ashour in an evenly matched duel. Ashour surged back into the match in the third and fourth to level the scores but Mosaad’s astute play and determination took it’s physical toll on Ashour, allowing the 27-year-old to take the match 11-8, 11-7, 1-11, 1-11, 11-5 over a dejected Ashour.

“It’s the first time in my life to reach the semi-finals of the World Championship and it’s amazing, I’m really happy,” said Mosaad.

“I’m pleased with my performance especially in those first two games. In the third and fourth I got a little tired and Ramy was controlling it. I’m really sorry for what happened to him, I hope he recovers soon, but winning is winning and I need to make sure I recover as best I can now.

“I have a World Championship semi-final to prepare for and I will be trying to everything to win the next match.”

Ashour’s exit came just 24-hours after World No.1 and pre tournament favourite Mohamed Elshorbagy bowed out at the hands of England’s James Willstrop (left), with the 32-year-old Yorkshireman maintaining his challenge for a maiden title with a polished straight-games win over Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez.

“I’m obviously delighted to be into the last four of the biggest tournament in the squash world - I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Willstrop, the 2010 runner-up.

“For everything to come together in such an important week is tremendously satisfying. Above everything else I’m thoroughly enjoying it and I’m try as best as I can to keep it going and I’ll give it absolutely everything.”

Willstrop’s long-time domestic rival Nick Matthew, the World No.2, was another shock casualty on a night of dramatic action as he fell to Egyptian Tarek Momen (right) in a gruelling 84-minute encounter as the World No.12, who has been in inconstant so far during the 2015/16 season, produced an inspired performance to record the biggest win of his career.

“It’s hard to digest at the moment, beating Nick on it’s own is quite an achievement but to do and make the semi-finals of the World Championship is a huge for me,” said Momen.

“But it’s not over yet. I’m playing my childhood friend Omar (Mosaad) so I need to keep focused. We both of course want to win and tomorrow is a huge match for both of us. I’m in the semi-final and I can’t believe it but hopefully I can get a win tomorrow.”

Four time runner-up Gregory Gaultier (left) completed the semi-final line up after narrowly avoiding defeat against a spirited Ali Farag. The 23-year-old Egyptian took a 2-1 game lead and looked on course to cause another huge upset before the ‘French General’ mounted his own resurgence, taking Farag to the point of physical breakdown to keep hopes of breaking his championship duck alive.

“Even when I was down 2-1 I still believed in myself,” said Gaultier, who had to help his opponent off the court at the end of the match.

“This is the World Championship and the tournament that everyone wants to win. I have been training so hard all summer to try and make my dream come true and even when you’re down you have to keep your head up - I fought hard to the end and that made the difference.”
 

Third Round

Englishman Willstrop Stuns World No.1 In World Championship Shock

32-year-old Englishman James Willstrop (right) recorded one of the biggest wins of his career as he upset the odds to knock World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy out of the 2015 Men’s World Squash Championship at the third round stage in one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s 39-year history.

In front of an enraptured crowd at the Meydenbauer Centre in Bellevue, Washington the former World No.1, who’s ranking has plummeted to a 12-year low of No.24 over the last 18-months as he has battled back from a career-threatening hip injury, produced a performance of unparalleled accuracy and control to restrict the powerful Egyptian and send shockwaves through the tournament.

“In the context of everything that has gone on over the past 18 months this is maybe one of my best ever performances - it’s probably as good as I have ever played all things considered,” said the Yorkshireman.

“But it is about so much more than squash. It’s people’s days and lives and efforts - it’s such a selfish game but so many people behind the scenes are so selfless and I want to acknowledge everyone. I feel very lucky to do what I do and to play like that today is a hat off to all the people who’ve supported me.”

Playing with freedom and precision the 2010 World Championship runner-up dominated the opening two games, controlling the court to evoke memories of his performances during an 11-month reign as No.1 in 2011, epitomising the adage that form is temporary, class is permanent.

A straight games victory looked to be on the cards when Willstrop found himself 10-7 ahead in the third with three match balls in hand but Elshorbagy mounted an impressive fightback to keep the match alive. But it proved to be in vain as Willstrop recovered, maintaining his impressive levels in the fourth to take the match 11-4, 11-7, 10-12, 11-7.

“I feel great for the moment but I can’t get too carried away - it’s not the end,” he said. “This is the biggest tournament in the world and I need to get myself together now for the next round - it’s as simple as that. I’ve won but I need to perform again tomorrow.”

The man from Harrogate will now face Miguel Angel Rodriguez (left) in the quarterfinals after the Colombian became the first South American player ever to reach the last eight at the World Championships courtesy of his come-from-behind victory over Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet.

“Being in the quarter-final of a World Championship is amazing, unique and very special,” said Rodriguez.

“When I saw the draw I thought to myself that I could go further than the last World Championship and I’m representing South America right now so I’m very happy with that. I think that this is important for South America to help squash grow a little bit. I have a lot of fans, not only in Colombia but South America.”

Elsewhere defending champion Ramy Ashour (below centre), the maverick Egyptian, and four-time runner-up Gregory Gaultier (below right), the charismatic Frenchman, took one step closer to a semi-final showdown that would renew their long standing rivalry with comfortable victories while three-time winner Nick Matthew (below left) came through a testing encounter with World No.9 Marwan Elshorbagy, having to produce some of his best to see off a spirited challenge from the Egyptian man.
 

Marwan Elshorbagy
13-11, 12-10, 11-5 (54m)
Nick Matthew
Ramy Ashour
11-6, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7 (54m)
Karim Abdel Gawad
Karim Ali Fathi
11-5, 11-3, 11-3 (28m)
Gregory Gaultier
Second Round Top Half

Marche Makes History For French

For the first time ever there will be three Frenchmen competing in the third round of the Men’s World Squash Championship after World No.36 Gregoire Marche (right) came through his second round encounter in Bellevue, Washington to join compatriots Gregory Gaultier and Mathieu Castagnet in the least 16.

25-year-old Marche recorded one of the biggest wins of his career as he bested World No.15 Stephen Coppinger after a gruelling 88 minute battle at the Meydenbauer Centre to secure his place in the third round for the first time in his career and create history for French squash.

“I have been waiting a long time for this kind of significant victory and what a time to do it, here at the biggest tournament,” said Marche.

“I arrived here in a poor shape and feeling a bit sick and struggling with jetlag. But today I was feeling really good on the court thanks to the work the French team here have down with me this tournament.

“I started really poorly today but I’m quite proud of the way I dealt with it and managed to come back. I just focused on the job to be done and did it so I’m pleased.”

Marche will now face Tarek Momen in the third round after the Egyptian ended the surge of Peruvian World Junior Champion Diego Elias while 2014 World Champion Ramy Ashour continued the defence of his crown with a polished victory over Mohamed Abouelghar.

Ashour took just 37-minutes to overcome the 22-year-old in straight-games on a day that also saw World No.2 Nick Matthew (left) move comfortably into the next round with victory over Karim El Hammamy while Egyptian trio Omar Mosaad, Marwan Elshorbagy and Karim Abdel Gawad also triumphed.


“I’m pleased with the way I played today and hopefully I can just keep it going now,” said Ashour (right).

“Mohamed is not an easy guy to play - he just goes for his shots and tries to do something different with every shot, which reminds me of someone I know! He’s a very good player and a guy who will be top ten soon and he made me earn my points but it’s good to have those kind of matches.”
 

Second Round Lower Half

French Duo March On As Home Hopes Extinguished At World Championship

French pair Gregory Gaultier and Mathieu Castagnet stormed through to the last 16 of the 2015 Men’s World Squash Championship after coming through comfortable victors in their second round encounters at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington.

Four-time World Championship runner-up Gaultier (right), the World No.3, was in scintillating form as he easily swept aside the challenge of Egyptian Omar Abdel Meguid in a ruthlessly efficient 35-minute performance that will significantly boost his hopes of finally ending his hoodoo at the sport’s most prestigious tournament.

“I was happy with the way I was playing today.” said Gaultier. “I was more fluid than the last round and I think I’m starting to raise my game day-by-day. After so many tournaments back-to-back I was a bit tired last week in Qatar.

“I’m trying to analyse everything, get into my routines and do what I have to do on court. This is a title that has been eluding me, but I’m not really thinking about the title at the moment, I have to remain focused on my tactics and I thought I did that quite well today.”

Gaultier will now face Egyptian youngster Karim Ali Fathi for a place in the quarter-finals after the World No.42 stunned No.18 Fares Dessouki, coming through a brutal 83-minute encounter, while Castagnet will take on Colombian World No.5 Miguel Angel Rodriguez after defeating American Todd Harrity to end all hopes of home success in the process.

“I’m 29 and it’s my first time ever reaching the last 16 at the World Championship,” said Castagnet.

“But I’m a squash professional so of course I want more. I want to reach the quarters at least so I will make the most of my rest day tomorrow to prepare for my next match.”

Rodriguez came through a thrilling 75-minute match with un-fancied Kiwi Campbell Grayson, with the first game alone last an epic 32-minutes, while former World No.1 James Willstrop (left), who missed the 2014 iteration of the tournament through injury, showed that he is once again on the rise with a comfortable 3-0 win over World No.17 Saurav Ghosal.

“Saurav’s been in great form and has just beaten Ryan [Cuskelly] who has been absolutely flying,” said Willstrop.

“I haven’t really got a lot of those tough matches under my belt so I’m absolutely chuffed to bits to be able to put that together like that really. You forget how to do it a little bit and you’ve got to relearn it which I’ve been doing for a few months now and tonight it came together.”

Elsewhere World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy (right) had no trouble getting past World No.22 Tom Richards while Simon Rösner and Ali Farag also secured their berths in the last 16.
 

First Round Lower Half

Ashour Begins World Championship Title Defence With Easy Win

Defending PSA Men’s World Squash Champion Ramy Ashour began his bid to win back-to-back titles by easily dispatching fellow maverick Egyptian Mazen Hesham in straight-games at the Maydenbauer Centre in Bellevue, Washington.

After stunning the squash world to lift the 2014 crown in what was his first tournament following a six-month injury lay-off the 28-year-old, who has been absent on the PSA World Tour since retiring during his second round match at the Delaware investments U.S. Open in October, gave his fans reason to believe that lightening could strike twice as he got off to the perfect start.

The three-time World Champion took just 26 minutes to get past Hesham, one of the most dangerous attacking talents on tour, and showed no signs of suffering any issues with his notoriously troublesome hamstring as he set up a second round encounter with compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar.

“I’m happy with the way I played today I just need to try and play like that for the rest of the week,” said Ashour.

“I enjoyed the match today. I think he’s a very good player and I think he is going to be one of the best one day. We’re very similar, he does a lot of quick stuff and it’s refreshing to see someone like that.

“I didn’t feel any pain in the hamstring today so it’s a blessing for me to be moving and lunging freely.”

Elsewhere on the second day of first round action in the most prestigious tournament in squash there were impressive victories for former World Junior Champions Diego Elias and Karim El Hammamy in their maiden bouts at the senior tournament.

El Hammamy showed impressive hunger and desire to come through a 108-minute battle with Englishman Declan James while 18-year-old Peruvian Elias, one of only four men including Ashour to win the World Junior title twice, put in one of the most impressive performances of the round to dispatch seasoned campaigner Adrian Grant.

“It my first time in the World Championship and I couldn’t have asked for a better start,” said Elias.

“It was a good match and to win 3-0 gives me a lot of confidence going into the next round. I’m very happy to be in the last 32 and I’m very excited.

“I played some of my best squash today and I’ve been training for this for a long time. I’m happy with how I played. He’s very experienced and I knew he would be tough. I had some nerves and I knew he would have experience and he made it very tough but I’m very, very happy to win.”

Number two seed Nick Matthew, the three-time World Champion from England, also made a successful start to his campaign by downing Australian number one Cameron Pilley 3-1.

It was a good day for the two three-time champions in the draw as England’s Nick Matthew (below left) came through a tricky opening match against hard-hitting Aussie Cameron Pilley in four games.

Current world junior champion Diego Elias (below centre) had no such worries as he also beat an Englishman, veteran Adrian Grant , in straight games.

Other Egyptian winners were Karim Abdel Gawad, Omar Mosaad, Mohamed Abouelghar, Marwan Elshorbagy and Tarek Momen (below right), the eight seed who had to come from two games and 0-4 down against Joe Lee in and 87-minute thriller.
 

Nick Matthew (Eng)
3-1
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
Borja Golan (Esp)
3-1
Alister Walker (Bot)
Tarek Momen (Egy)
3-2 [
Joe Lee (Eng)

Results - 2015 Men’s World Championship, First Round (Lower Half
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[2] Nick Matthew (Eng) 3-1 Cameron Pilley (Aus) 11-8 , 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 (67m)
[12] Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy) 3-0 [Q] Andrew Wagih (Egy) 11-6, 11-4, 16-14 (35m)
[14] Borja Golan (Esp) 3-1 Alister Walker (Bot) 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (61m)
[8] Tarek Momen (Egy) 3-2 [Q] Joe Lee (Eng) 8-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9 (87m)

[7] Omar Mosaad (Egy) 3-1 [Q] Farhan Zaman (Pak) 11-8, 7-11, 11-1, 11-2 (42m)
[4] Ramy Ashour (Egy) 3-0 Mazen Hesham (Egy) 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 (26m)
[15] Stephen Coppinger (Rsa) 3-0 Chris Simpson (Eng) 11-9 , 11-7, 11-4 (54m)
[10] Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy) 3-0 Leo Au (Hkg) 12-10, 11-9, 13-11 (69m)

Paul Coll (Nzl) 3-1 Shaun Le Roux (Rsa) 11-7, 10-12, 11-7, 11-1 (59m)
[Q] Karim El Hammamy (Egy) 3-2 Declan James (Eng) 12-10, 15-13, 3-11, 5-11, 11-4 (108m)
Diego Elias (Per) 3-0 Adrian Grant (Eng) 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 (33m)
Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) 3-0 [Q] Charles Sharpes (Eng) 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (48m)

Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) 3-0 [Q] Shawn Delierre (Can) 11-6, 5-11, 11-3, 11-7 (36m)
Cesar Salazar (Mex) 3-2 [Q] Mohamed Reda (Egy) 13-11, 11-6, 7-11, 4-11, 11-8 (72m)
Daryl Selby (Eng) 3-1 Zahed Mohamed (Egy) 11-8, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8 (65m)
Gregoire Marche (Fra) 3-0 [Q] Henrik Mustonen (Fin) 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (45m)

 
First Round Top Half

Top Seeds Sail Through Opening Challenge

World No.1 and number one seed Mohamed Elshorbagy began his bid to win a maiden World Championship crown with a comfortable victory over Mexican challenger Alfredo Avila during the opening day of action at the 2015 Men’s World Championship in Bellevue, Washington.

2012 and 2014 runner-up Elshorbagy was in impressive form as he saw off a doggedly determined Avila 3-0 after just 31 minutes to send an early message out to his main title-rivals during an opening day of first round action that saw the seeds in control of proceedings throughout.

“I’ve only got this one [the World Championship] left to win,” said Elshorbagy, who held match-ball to win the title twelve months ago in Doha.

“I’m only 24-years-old so it’s not too bad. If I don’t get it this year I still have so many years to come but of course I really want to win this one.

“It’s the first time ever that the World Championship is here in the United States. It’s great, the tournament has been set up perfectly for the players and I’m really looking forward to playing well here this week.

“Losing last year was tough but everything has made me the player I am today. I struggled a little bit after last year but I was able to come back and win the Tournament of Champions and the British Open. It was a test of character and to get back here the year after is tough, there are bad memories, but I’m trying to put that behind me now and hopefully I will be able to play well this week."

One of Elshorbagy’s main challengers from the title, French World No.3 Gregory Gaultier, produced an equally impressive first round performance against compatriot Lucas Serme to get his campaign off to a positive start as he aims to end his heartbreak at the sport’s most prestigious tournament - having fallen at the final hurdle on four separate occasions.

With the all-French battle coming in the wake of the recent atrocities that occurred in Paris Gaultier was keen to reference the impact the events had on his preparations and the extra motivation it has given him.

“I was really thinking that I needed to give all my heart and produce a good performance for my country today,” said Gaultier.

“What happened in France has been really hurting everybody. You think about it every day and you see the news. I will do all I can to win the title this year.”

Elsewhere Todd Harrity will carry the hopes of nation on his shoulders after he overcame Scotland’s Alan Clyne to become the only US player to progress beyond the first round of the tournament.

Harrity scraped through 3-2 after 63-minutes to book his second round berth, improving on the performances of top ranked US player Christopher Gordon, who bowed out of the competition during the final round of qualification, and the most successful US player of recent times, Julian Illingworth, who fell to a straight-games defeat to Miguel Angel Rodriguez of Colombia in round one.

Results - 2015 Men’s World Championship, First Round (Top Half)
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Alfredo Avila (MEX) 3-0; 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 (31m)
Tom Richards (ENG) bt [Q] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 3-1: 12-10, 3-11, 11-8, 12-10 (62m)
James Willstrop (ENG) bt [Q] Ben Coleman (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-3, 11-6 (38m)
[16] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-1: 7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-3 (62m)
[9] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [Q] Peter Creed (WAL) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 (32m)
[Q] Todd Harrity (USA) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-2: 11-8, 2-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-3 (63m)
Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt [Q] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) 3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 (39m)
[5] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [WC] Julian Illingworth (USA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (29m)
[6] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [Q] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (35m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt [Q] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) 3-1: 11-5, 2-11, 11-4, 11-9 (55m)
Ali Farag (EGY) bt [Q] Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-3 (34m)
[13] Max Lee (HKG) bt Greg Lobban (SCO) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 (50m)
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt [11] Peter Barker (ENG) 3-1: 9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 12-10 (52m)
Fares Dessouki (EGY) bt Nasir Iqbal (PAK) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-7 (27m)
Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt Olli Tuominen (FIN) 3-0: 11-3, 13-11, 11-8 (29m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-4 (41m)

 

Qualifying: Final Round

Qualifying Completed

Welshman Peter Creed downed top ranked American challenger Christopher Gordon in he final round of qualification at the 2015 Men’s World Squash Championship in Bellevue, Washington, today.

Creed came through a tough 84-minute 301 battle to overcome Gordon and consign him to the same fate as compatriot Chris Hanson, who fell at the last qualifying hurdle to Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu on India. Both defeat smear that Todd Harrity is the only home-talent to progress through the qualification rounds and reach the main draw of the prestigious tournament, which is taking place in the United Stats for the first time ever.

Harrity will now face Scotland’s Alan Clyne in the first round, while Creed will take on World No.8 Mathieu Castagnet when the main draw action gets underway at the Maydenbauer Centre.

Results – 2015 Men’s World Squash Championship: Qualifying Finals:
[1] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt [26] James Huang (TPE) 3-1: 11-3, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8 (59m)
[6] Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt [31] Shehab Essam (EGY) 3-1: 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5 (59m)
[4] Joe Lee (ENG) bt [20] Reiko Peter (SUI) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-7 (35m)
[7] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) bt [23] Chris Hanson (USA) 3-0: 11-4, 12-10, 11-4 (32m)
[15] Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) bt Lance Beddoes (NZL) 3-0: 11-4, 12-10, 11-1 (37m)
[16] Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt [32] George Parker (ENG) 3-2: 11-3, 10-12, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6 (61m)
[13] Todd Harrity (USA) bt [21] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 12-10, 11-4 (35m)
[9] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt [24] Shahier Razik (CAN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-7 (33m)
[19] Peter Creed (WAL) bt [10] Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-1: 11-7, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5 (84m)
[11] Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt [25] Steven Finitsis (AUS) 3-2: 11-8, 13-15, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7 (84m)
[27] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) bt [14] Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-4 (32m)
[12] Ben Coleman (ENG) bt Evan Williams (NZL) 3-0: 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 (51m)
[5] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt [29] Nathan Lake (ENG) 3-1: 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-3 (52m)
[28] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) bt [3] Rex Hedrick (AUS) 3-0: 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 (64m)
[8] Mohamed Reda (EGY) bt Thoboki Mohohlo (RSA)3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-2 (25m)
[18] Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY) bt [2] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (34m)

Qualifying: First Round

Huang On The Brink Of History

Taiwan’s James Huang is one win away from making history and becoming the first Taiwanese squash player ever to compete in the main draw of the sport’s most prestigious competition, after reaching the final round of qualifiying at the 2015 Men’s World Squash Championship in Bellevue, Washington.

Huang defeated South Africa’s Clinton Leeuw 3-0 to set up a final round match-up with former top ten ranked player Laurens Jan Anjema, the Dutchman who is looking to breathe new life back into his career at the Worlds after a troublesome 18-months has seen his world ranking plummet.

Elsewhere in round one Christopher Gordon, Todd Harrity and Chris Hanson will be hoping to give home fans something to celebrate as the US trio bid to make it into the main draw in what is the first ever Men’s World Championship to take place in the United States.

Results – 2015 Men’s World Championship: Qualification Round One
James Huang (TPE) bt Clinton Leeuw (RSA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (34m)
Lance Beddoes (NZL) bt Joel Hinds (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 15-13 (60m)
Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) bt Robertino Pezzota (ARG) w/o
Christopher Gordon (USA) bt Nicolas Talbott (USA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 (25m)
Peter Creed (WAL) bt Shahjahan Khan (PAK) 3-1: 11-5, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7 (61m)
Nathan Lake (ENG) bt Chris van der Salm (NZL) 3-1: 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8 (49m)
Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Ben Grindrod (NZL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 (24m)
Shawn Delierre (CAN) bt Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (32m)
Shehab Essam (EGY) bt Manoel Pereira (BRA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 (36m)
George Parker (ENG) bt Ahmed Hassan (ZIM) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (21m)
Farhan Zaman (PAK) bt Sam Gould (USA) 3-0: 11-2, 11-4, 11-7 (22m)
Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt Wael El Hindi (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 15-13 (44m)
Steven Finitsis (AUS) bt Ramit Tandon (IND) 3-1: 11-7, 7-11, 11-2, 11-9 (53m)
Karim El Hammamy (EGY) bt Elliot Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 12-10 (34m)
Reiko Peter (SUI) bt Charlie Johnson (ENG) 3-1; 10-12, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (49m)
Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) bt Supreet Singh (IND) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (31m)
Todd Harrity (USA) bt Basem Makram (EGY) 3-0: 11-2, 11-9, 11-3 (34m)
Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) bt Sharif Khan (USA) 3-0: 13-11, 11-7, 11-7 (24m)
Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) bt Amaad Fareed (PAK) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 14-12 (37m)
Thoboki Mohohlo (RSA) bt Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-1: 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 (47m)
Mohamed Reda (EGY) bt Karim Abouhassan (KUW) w/o
Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) bt Faraz Khan (USA) 3-1: 11-4, 12-10, 6-11, 11-6 (47m)
Chris Hanson (USA) bt Adam Perkiomaki (USA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (30m)
Shahier Razik (CAN) bt Matias Tuomi (FIN) 3-0; 11-8, 11-5, 11-2 (32m)
Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL) 3-1: 7-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (47m)
Ben Coleman (ENG) bt Mike Lewis (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-3 (24m)
Evan Williams (NZL) bt Andrew Schnell (CAN) 3-1: 8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 13-11 (50m)
Andrew Wagih Shoukry (EGY) bt Salim Khan (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 13-11 (23m)

 

 

 


 

 

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