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Motor City Open 2016

Motor City Open 2016
22- 25 Jan
Detroit, USA, $70k
Round One
22 Feb
23 Mar
24 Mar
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)
11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8
Adrian Waller (ENG)
Mohamed Elshorbagy
6/11, 11/9, 11/7, 8/11, 11/6 (66m)
Ali Farag
Ali Farag
12/10, 9/11, 11/4, 11/9
Mathieu Castagnet
Ali Farag
11-7, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7 (50m)
Nick Matthew
[Q] Diego Elias (PER)
9-11, 4-11, 2-11
[7] Ali Farag (EGY)
[5] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
[Q] Nasir Iqbal (PAK)
Ryan Cuskelly
11/9, 7/11, 5/11, 11/9, 11/2 (78m) 
Mathieu Castagnet
[Q] Olli Tuominen (FIN)
4-11, 6-11, 11-9, 4-11
[3] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[4] Max Lee (HKG)
6-11, 7-11, 9-11
[Q] Leo Au (HKG)
Leo Au
11/4, 11/2, 11/5 (35m)
Borja Golan
Borja Golan
11/8, 9/11, 11/8, 11/7
Nick Matthew
Gregoire Marche (FRA)
3-11, 8-11, 4-11
[6] Borja Golan (ESP)
[8] Chris Simpson (ENG)
13-11, 11-1, 19-17
Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
Chris Simpson
11/6, 11/6, 11/7 (40m)
Nick Matthew
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
8-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 9-11
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG)


Results – Qualifying Finals: Motor City Open, PSA M70 Tournament
[7] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-0: 18-16, 11-8, 11-7
[5] Diego Elias (PER) bt [3] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-1: 3-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-6
[4] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt Farhan Zaman (PAK) 3-2: 11-3, 9-11, 11-8, 11-13, 12-10
[2] Leo Au (HKG) bt [8] Todd Harrity (USA) 3-1: 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-8



Farag Downs Matthew To Claim Biggest Career Title In Motor City
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23-year-old Egyptian Ali Farag capped the most impressive week of his squash career to date by defeating England’s World No.3 Nick Matthew in the final of the 2016 Motor City Open presented The Suburban Collection to claim the PSA M70 trophy and the biggest tournament title of his career.

Victory over 35-year-old three-time World Champion Matthew, who was competing in the 70th PSA World Tour final of his career, came courtesy of a 3-1 scoreline and saw World No.22 Farag complete a remarkable hat-trick of wins over higher ranked opposition to follow up his incredible quarter-final victory over World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy and semi-final defeat of World No.10 Mathieu Castagnet.

The victory sees Farag add just a fourth PSA World Tour title to his name with the biggest of his previous wins coming at the 2015 Irish Open PSA M15 event.

“This is definitely the best week of my career by far,” said Farag.

“I’ve showed myself that I can compete with these guys and have the mental toughness to do it three days in a row. Hopefully this is going to be the beginning of a good future for me.

“If you ask any player, they would tell you that this is one of the best tournaments on tour. We feel at home, and everyone takes care of us. It’s an unbelievable feeling.”

Despite falling to an early deficit in the first game Farag showed his composure and maturity on court as he fought from 2-6 down to take the opening game 11-7 before Matthew responded in style to level the match.

But from then on the Egyptian was in control as he added the third game and then eventually held his composure to brush off three wasted match balls to add the fourth and the title.

After the match Matthew said: “He was on a roll. The crowd was feeding on him. The last few points was the first time I felt tired all week. Credit to him for getting me to that point.”

Matthew Makes History By Reaching Motor City Final

England’s Nick Matthew will compete in the 70th PSA World Tour final of his career – the most final appearances by any British player in the history of squash – when he takes on Egyptian Ali Farag in the final of the 2016 Motor City Open later today.

Matthew overtook the record previously held by Peter Nicol as he downed Spanish challenger Borja Golan 3-1 to secure his place in the title-decider in what is his first appearance at the PSA M70 tournament in over a decade. In a closely fought encounter it was Matthew who narrowly edged the opening game 11-8 before Golan responded to take the second 11-9 and level the match.

From that point onwards though it was Matthew who controlled proceedings, enjoying the better of some high quality exchanges to secure his place in the decider against Farag, who followed up his shock quarter-final win over World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy with an impressive 3-1 victory over Mathieu Castagnet.

“He got a quick lead in the second and started attacking early in the rally,” said Matthew. “I got it back towards the end, but I was always chasing that game. I was just determined to get a good start in the third, and that took me through.”

After his match Farag said: “It feels awesome to win again tonight. It’s always tough to back up a good win, especially against number one.”
Fabulous Farag Downs Elshorbagy In Motor City

Egyptian Ali Farag, the World No.21, pulled off the biggest win of his career and the upset of 2016 so far on the PSA World Tour as he came through a thrilling five-game encounter to down World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in the quarter-finals of the 2016 Motor City Open, to inflict Elshorbagy’s first defeat in twelve matches.

Two-time Motor City Open champion and winner of the last three PSA World Series tournaments, in Qatar, Hong Kong and New York, Elshorbagy came out on form to take the opening game 11-6 but Farag responded with style, coming from 6-3 down to take the second and then the third games.

The man from Cairo was in the ascendency in the fourth before Elshorbagy managed to up his levels and force a decisive fifth but it was Farag, aged 23, who enjoyed the better of the exchanges at the crucial points, eventually securing a huge 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 that will now see him line up against Mathieu Castagnet for a place in the final.

“It’s one of the bigger wins of my career,” Farag said afterwards. “To beat the world number one is a huge thing. He was dominating the first game and a half. I changed my plan a bit, and thankfully it worked.”

Castagnet came through a roller-coaster five-game battle with Ryan Cuskelly while the bottom half of the draw saw Borja Golan and Nick Matthew come through their respective encounters with Leo Au and Chris Simpson in straight-forward fashion, with both dominating the court against their younger, less-experienced opponents.
Elshorbagy Leads Superb Field In Motor City Open


World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy heads a strong draw in the 2016 Motor City Open, PSA M70 tournament and harbours intentions of claiming a third title at the established event in Detroit, United States.

The Egyptian won this tournament in both 2011 and 2014 and comes into this year’s event on the back of some superb form having taken three successive PSA World Series titles at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open and Qatar Classic in recent months.

Elshorbagy suffered an injury in the opening round of last year’s tournament which meant that he succumbed to a first round loss against Australia’s Cameron Pilley but the man from Alexandria soon recovered and has claimed five PSA World Tour titles since then.

The 25-year-old gets his tournament under way against England’s Adrian Waller in a repeat of the pair’s first round clash at the Tournament of Champions which Elshorbagy won 3-0.

Three-time World Champion Nick Matthew makes his return to the Motor City Open after an 11-year hiatus and recaptured some of his best form in New York at the Tournament of Champions where he narrowly lost out to Elshorbagy in the final.

‘The Wolf’, who reached the semi-final stage at the 2005 Motor City Open, is without a PSA World Tour title since March’s Canary Wharf Classic – his longest title drought for three years – but remains one of the fittest and most experienced competitors on the PSA World Tour. Matthew lines up against Mohamed Abouelghar, the 22-year-old Egyptian who has six PSA World Tour titles to his name, in the first round.

Mathieu Castagnet may not have lifted any PSA World Tour silverware since 2014 but the Frenchman looks set to come into the Motor City Open full of confidence after reaching his first ever PSA World Series semi-final last week at the Tournament of Champions.

The 29-year-old, who reached the last four here last year, has firmly established himself amongst the world’s top 10 in recent months and heads to Detroit with an outside chance of picking up a third PSA World Tour title. Castagnet meets experienced Fin Olli Tuominen in round one.

Max Lee was another of 2015’s semi-finalists and will be looking to progress even further this time around. The 28-year-old from Hong Kong started the 2015/16 season in fine fettle, capturing his 11th PSA World Tour title at the Macau Open in addition to claiming a huge scalp against Elshorbagy at the Stars on the Bund China Open but his form has tailed off slightly in the last few months. However, at his best, Lee is one of the most mobile and dangerous players on the PSA World Tour and is one to watch in Detroit. Lee goes head-to-head with compatriot Leo Au in the opening round and could set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash with 2009 winner Borja Golan if both players win their respective first round fixtures.
Tuominen Halts Us Hopes In Motor City


Experienced Finnish campaigner Olli Tuominen celebrated his 450th PSA World Tour match with a fine victory over American hopeful Christopher Gordon in the final round of qualification at the 2016 Motor City Open to move into the main draw of the PSA M70 tournament where he will now face Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet.

Tuominen came through a brutal opening game with American number two Gordon, squandering six game ball opportunities before eventually edging it 18-16, and he used momentum and Gordon’s waining physical attributes to his advantage to control proceedings in the following two games as he stormed to a straight-games victory.

“It was quite brutal,” Tuominen said. “I was a bit nervous but I’m happy that I managed to get it back and win the first game.”

American number one Todd Harrity joined Gordon on the exit row after he lost 3-1 to Hong Kong’s Leo Au. Harrity started strong and managed to take the opening game but Au changed his game plan, utilising his speed and skill to force Harrity into an excessive amount of work and it paid dividends as he took the next three games to move into the main draw to line up against compatriot Max Lee.

In the most entertaining match of the day it was Pakistan’s Nasir Iqbal who won a second consecutive five-game thriller, twice relinquishing a game advantage before eventually defeating compatriot Farhan Zaman.

Zaman had beaten Iqbal in last month’s Pakistani National Championship and looked like he was on course to record a second consecutive win over the 21-year-old, Pakistan’s highest ranked player, after levelling the match at 2-2 and played with momentum on his side in the fifth as he found himself with match-ball in hand.

Iqbal fought back, though, and he eventually won the final game 12-10, after Zaman struck the tin attempting a drop shot, to secure a place in the main draw.

“It was a really good match,” Iqbal said. “He’s so aggressive. In the fifth game I was down, but I was able to concentrate and get the game.”