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Gaultier Grabs Quickest Title In Mexico

Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas 2012
Men's Draw
29 Oct - 04 Nov, Toluca, Mexico, $70k
Round One
01 Nov
02 Nov
03 Nov
04 Nov
[1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
11/1, 11/8, 6/11, 11/9. 71m
[Q] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
Gregory Gaultier
 7/11, 11/5, 13/11, 11/4. (76m)
Mohamed El Shorbagy
Gregory Gaultier
11/1, 11/4, 11/1. (32m)
Peter Barker
Gregory Gaultier
11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (21m)
Omar Mosaad
Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
11/8, 11/9, 11/4. 35m
Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
18/16, 11/5, 7/11, 13/15, 11/3. 61m
[Q] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
Nicolas Mueller
11/8, 7/11, 11/3, 11/6. (53m)
Peter Barker
[4] Peter Barker (Eng)
11/5, 6/11, 11/6, 6/11, 11/4. 61m
[Q] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy)
Borja Golan (Esp)
11/9, 7/11, 11/9, 5/3 rt. 48m
[3] Amr Shabana (Egy)
Borja Golan
11/7, 5/11, 12/10, 12/10. (71m)
Simon Rosner
Simon Rosner
9/11, 7/11, 11/9, 11/9, 11/9. (76m)
Omar Mosaad
Simon Rosner (Ger)
/13, 11/6, 11/8, 8/11, 11/7. 64m
[Q} Chris Simpson (Eng)
Omar Mosaad (Egy)
11/9, 11/7, 11/6. 44m
Alfredo Avila (Mex)
Omar Mosaad
9/11, 13/11, 11/6, 2/11, 12/10. (64m)
Karim Darwish
Alister Walker (Bot)
 11/5, 13/11, 12/10. 36m
[2] Karim Darwish (Egy)

Gaultier Grabs Quickest Title In Mexico

Final:Gregory Gaultier notched up the 22nd PSA World Tour squash title of his career at the inaugural Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas - but the Frenchman's 21-minute victory over world No11 Omar Mosaad in Mexico was his quickest title triumph on record, by a significant margin!

The PSA International 70 championship is the biggest Tour event ever to be held in Mexico - and was staged in spectacular style on an all-glass court sited in the Plaza de los Martires in Toluca, overlooked by the city's historic cathedral.

World No3 Gaultier reached the final - his third in a row on the Tour - in stunning form. After arriving in Mexico fresh from victory in the NetSuite Open in San Francisco - also a PSA International 70 event - the 29-year-old from Aix-en-Provence conceded just two games en-route to the Toluca climax.

By contrast, Egyptian Mosaad was taken to five games in his two previous matches - first beating No2 seed Karim Darwish in a 64-minute quarter-final upset, then overcoming German number one Simon Rosner in a 75-minute semi.

The experienced Gaultier clearly took full advantage - crushing the tall 24-year-old from Cairo 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 to extend his unbeaten run over Mosaad to four wins in 30 months.

Over the past 11 years, Gaultier has won PSA Tour titles all over the globe, from home soil in France through to the USA, Qatar, Pakistan, Macau and now Mexico. At least ten of his final victories have taken more than an hour - one recorded at 84 minutes - but his Toluca triumph is the first achieved in less than half an hour!

Mosaad Ends Rosner Run In Mexico

Unseeded Egyptian Omar Mosaad earned an unexpected place in the final of the Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas - but had to fight back from two games down to end fellow non-seed Simon Rosner's run in Mexico.

The PSA World Tour International 70 squash championship is the biggest Tour event ever to be held in Mexico - and is being staged in spectacular style on an all-glass court sited in the Plaza de los Martires in Toluca, overlooked by the city's historic cathedral

World No11 Mosaad claimed his place in the semi-finals after upsetting Cairo compatriot Karim Darwish, the event's No2 seed.

But it was German number one Rosner, the new world No16, who had the initial upper hand in the semi - before Mosaad held his nerve in the next three games to take them all by a two-point margin to win 9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 after 75 minutes.

Celebrating his 19th appearance in a Tour final, Mosaad now faces favourite Gregory Gaultier.

The world No3 lined up against No4 seed Peter Barker - against whom he boasted a pre-match 9/2 head-to-head advantage, but to whom he lost in their most recent clash in the British Open in May.

But Frenchman Gaultier rapidly notched up his his tenth win - and made amends for his recent defeat to the Englishman by despatching Barker 11-1, 11-4, 11-1 in 37 minutes to reach his third successive PSA Tour final in less than four weeks.

Gaultier, winner of the NetSuite Open in San Francisco two weeks ago, looks to be in the form of his life - and, never having lost before to Mosaad, should confidently expect to convert the 48th Tour final of his career into his 22nd title.

Rosner Celebrates 'Huge Win' In Mexico

German number one Simon Rosner celebrated his career-high world No16 ranking this week by beating top-ranked Spaniard Borja Golan in the quarter-finals of the Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas in Mexico in a victory he described as a "huge win".

The PSA World Tour International 70 squash championship is the biggest Tour event ever to be held in Mexico - and is being staged in spectacular style on an all-glass court sited in the Plaza de los Martires in Toluca, overlooked by the city's historic cathedral

Golan, ranked two places lower than 24-year-old Rosner, reached the last eight after upsetting third-seeded Egyptian Amr Shabana in the opening round.

But Rosner is enjoying the best form of his life and, for the second time in less than two weeks, beat his European rival 11-7, 5-11, 12-10, 12-10 in 64 minutes.

"Pulled out another win against Borja tonight!" tweeted the Paderborn star later. "Won 3:1 in a really tight match! Really happy to be in the semis! Huge win!"

Rosner's opponent in the semi-finals will be Omar Mosaad after the Egyptian pulled off the night's biggest upset.

The world No11 from Cairo celebrated the first victory over higher-ranked compatriot Karim Darwish for more than two years when he defeated the No2 seed 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 2-11, 12-10 in 64 minutes.

It will be Rosner and Mosaad's first Tour meeting for more than a year - with the Egyptian holding a 2/0 head-to-head advantage.

The other semi-final will be the one predicted by the draw - with French favourite Gregory Gaultier taking on Peter Barker, the No4 seed from England.

Gaultier, the world No3, beat Egypt's Mohamed El Shorbagy for the fourth time in a row - but the unseeded 21-year-old extended his higher-ranked opponent for 76 minutes before going down 7-11, 11-5, 13-11, 11-4.

"Lost to Greg in 4..Had a game ball in the 3rd and could have been 2/1 up!!!" El Shorbagy told his Twitter followers later. "Again getting closer and closer!! Can't wait for Hong Kong now!!"

Londoner Barker took four games to get the better of unseeded Nicolas Mueller, ultimately beating the top-ranked Swiss player on the PSA Tour 11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 11-6 in 50 minutes.

Gaultier has a 9/2 head-to-head lead over Barker - but in their most recent meeting, in the British Open in May, it was the Englishman who prevailed to record one of the best wins of his career.

Seeds Tested In Toluca

The top two seeds took their places in the quarter-finals of the Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas in Mexico - but both were tested in the opening round of the new PSA World Tour International 70 squash event being staged on an all-glass court in the Plaza de los Martires in Toluca.

French favourite Gregory Gaultier was stretched for 72 minutes by qualifier Saurav Ghosal - and dropped his first game in five Tour meetings with the Indian number one before coming through 11-1, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9.

"Lost 3-1 tonight...11-9 in the 4th," said Ghosal later on Twitter. "Really disappointed not to take it to the 5th :( good performance but I so wish I won!"

World number three Gaultier will now take on Egypt's Mohamed El Shorbagy, the world No7 who defeated Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema, ranked two places lower, 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 in 34 minutes.

"Really happy to win in 3 against Anjema!" El Shorbagy tweeted later. "Always tough playing him but I am glad that I played really well and couldn't have played better!!"

Second seed Karim Darwish prevailed in straight games - but the world No5 from Egypt was taken to tie-breaks in two of the games before overcoming Botswana's world No12 Alister Walker 11-5, 12-10, 13-11.

Darwish will now line up against fellow countryman Omar Mosaad after the tall 24-year-old from Cairo defeated Mexican wildcard Alfredo Avila 11-9, 11-7, 11-6.

But there was Egyptian disappointment elsewhere in the event when four-time world champion Amr Shabana was forced to retire injured midway through his match with Spain's Borja Golan. The No3 seed from Cairo drew level after Golan took the opening game, but the left-hander shook hands with the Spaniard after the third to concede the match.

The Spanish number one will now take on the top-ranked German Simon Rosner. On the day the 24-year-old from Paderborn celebrated a new career-high world No16 ranking, he faced English qualifier Chris Simpson, who was also delighting in a best ever ranking of 37.

Simpson took the opening game and went on to take Rosner the full distance - but the German star ultimately triumphed 11-13, 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7 after 70 minutes to take his anticipated place in the last eight round.

Both players described the game as 'brutal' - Rosner tweeting "Got through a brutal opener against Chris Simpson 3:2..he played some great Squash-looking forward to tomorrow's match!!"; while Simpson's Twitter report read: "Another brutal 5 setter, unfortunately I was on the wrong end, went down 11/7 in the 5th to world no 16 Simon Roesner tonight."

The younger El Shorbagy brother Marwan El Shorbagy was also in first round action after coming through the qualifiers. The 19-year-old world junior champion took England's fourth seed Peter Barker to five games - but the experienced Londoner ultimately prevailed 11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4.

El Shorbagy senior was quick to report on the match on Twitter: "My brother just lost to Peter Barker 3/2!! So happy and proud of him!! Playing such a physical match in the altitude against a top 8 player!"

Marwan himself latter added: "Disappointed to lose 3-2 to Peter Barker but satisfied with my performance! Looking forward to my next tournament next week in Dayton!"

Barker progresses to face the Swiss number one Nicolas Mueller, an 18-16, 11-5, 7-11, 13-15, 11-3 winner over Finnish qualifier Olli Tuominen.

"Won my match against the "flying finn" Olli Tuominen in 5 hard fought games," said Muller on FaceBook. "18/16 first game! Nice to finally win a match again in 5!! Now I can relax and watch the matches on the show court, as there are some massive first round matches...."