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Gregory Gaultier Retains Toluca Title

Abierto Mexicano 2013
17-22 Sep, Toluca, Mexico, $70k
Round One
19 Sep
20 Sep
21 Sep
22 Sep
[1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
11-5, 11-3, 11-3 (27m)
[Q] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
Gregory Gaultier
11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (46m)
Marwan El Shorbagy
Gregory Gaultier
11-5, 11-5, 11-7 (50m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Gregory Gaultier
Mohamed El Shorbagy
Tom Richards (Eng)
11-5, 11-2, 11-4 (31m)
Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy)
Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
11-8, 11-3, 11-7 (42m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9 (113m)
Omar Mosaad
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6 (50m)
[4] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
[3] Borja Golan (Esp)
11-5, 12-10, 11-6 (45m)
[Q] Karim Ali Fathi (Egy)
Borja Golan
8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6 (85m)
Alfredo Avila
Borja Golan
6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (56m)
Mohamed El Shorbagy
Adrian Waller (Eng)
8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 16-14 (55m)
[Q] Alfredo Avila (Mex)
Gregoire Marche (Fra)
11-13, 11-6, 5-11, 11-4, 11-2 (55m)
[Q] Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
Gregoire Marche
11-3, 11-6, 11-8 (28m)
Mohamed El Shorbagy
Cesar Salazar (Mex)
11-5, 11-5, 11-7 (27m)
[2] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)

RESULTS: PSA International 70 Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas, Toluca, Mexico

Qualifying finals:
Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 11-4, 11-8, 11-9 (38m)
Matthew Karwalski (AUS) bt Arturo Salazar (MEX) 11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6 (38m)
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt Steven Finitsis (AUS) 6-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-9 (64m)
Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 11-6, 15-13, 11-8 (44m)

Gregory Gaultier Retains Toluca Title

France's world No2 Gregory Gaultier survived 'one of the toughest matches I ever played' to beat Mohamed Elshorbagy and retain the PSA International 70 Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas squash title at Alameda Park in Toluca, Mexico.

It was the climax the crowd surrounding the all-glass court was hoping for - one featuring the event's top two seeds and one which went the full distance.

Event favourite Gaultier reached the final - the 52nd of his career - after ending the brave run of unseeded Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the semi-finals.

Second-seeded Egyptian Elshorbagy faced top-ranked Spaniard Borja Golan in the other semi in what was the pair's seventh meeting in the past five years. The 22-year-old from Alexandria extended his head-to-head tally to 5/2 after beating the third seed in four games.

Elshorbagy, looking for his first win in six meetings with the Frenchman, took the opening game - then the third for the loss of only three points after Gaultier drew level.

But the top seed exerted his authority in the next two games, ultimately closing out the match 7-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-6, 11-6 after 79 minutes to keep the title in his grasp.

"It was long and a tough game - we both gave everything we had," said champion Gaultier (pictured above, foreground, in the match), now with 24 PSA titles to his name, afterwards. "Mohamed was always ahead in the match but I managed to come back to win 3/2.

"We played with great spirit and determination. It was one of the toughest matches I ever played, especially here with the high altitude and Mohamed playing so well!

"I am thankful to the organization, sponsors, my coaches back home and my family," added the 30-year-old from Aix-en-Provence. "Next, San Francisco in few days!"

Elshorbagy (pictured below, left) was unequivocal about how his 13th PSA Tour final figured in his all-time performances: "I gave it all and thought I had him when I was 4-0 up in the fourth ... but I got over excited and he used a lot of experience to get out of it," said the world No6. "Overall, I'm happy with my start of the season!!

"Greg telling me after the match that it was one of the best matches he ever played - for me, that was THE best match I have played!

"Now I will go back to the UK and have 10 good days of training for the US Open and the worlds!!

"I want to congratulate Greg today for his performance ... and I wish him luck in San Fran - not that he needs it!!

"I also want to thank the squash Delta family for taking care of us here like last year - they do such an amazing job!!"

Rodriguez Rallies To Toluca Semis

Unseeded Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez ensured Latin American interest in the semi-finals of the Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas in Mexico after prevailing in a marathon upset over fourth seed Omar Mosaad in the PSA World Tour International 70 squash event in its second year in Toluca.

Rodriguez twice stemmed fight backs by the higher-ranked Egyptian - but it took 113 minutes to claim the 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9 win which earned the world No16 from Bogota a surprise place in the last four.

The Colombian will now meet defending champion Gregory Gaultier, the top seed from France who defeated Egypt's Marwan Elshorbagy 11-8, 11-4, 11-9.

There was better news, however, for the Egyptian's older brother Mohamed Elshorbagy. It was the final match of the day in a severely-delayed schedule - and it took just 28 minutes for the No2 seed to overcome Frenchman Gregoire Marche 11-3, 11-6, 11-8.

"Started my quarter final today at 1 45am!! and now its 2 45am and just got back to the hotel," tweeted the world No6 later. "Glad I won in 3 though!!"

Elshorbagy senior now faces Spaniard Borja Golan for a place in the final. The third seed was taken the full distance before seeing off Mexican qualifier Alfredo Avila 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6 in 85 minutes.

Miguel Masters Palmer Protégé Toluca Tussle

Currently adjacent in the PSA world top 20, David Palmer protégés Miguel Angel Rodriguez and Stephen Coppinger had all to play for in the opening round of the Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas, the PSA World Tour International 70 squash event in its second year in Toluca, Mexico.

Both players (pictured in action above) have credited their recent arrival amongst the world's top 20 elite to working with Palmer, the illustrious US-based Australian former world number one and twice world champion.

But it was Rodriguez, the world No16 from Colombia, who prevailed on the all-glass court at Alameda Park - beating 17th-ranked South African Coppinger 11-8, 11-3, 11-7 in 42 minutes.

The 27-year-old Pan American champion from Bogota now meets fourth seed Omar Mosaad, the world No11 from Egypt who was stretched to four games by Nicolas Mueller (both pictured below) before seeing off his top-ranked Swiss opponent 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6.

But the Mexican crowd was treated to a significant upset when qualifier Alfredo Avila battled from a game down to beat England's world No34 Adrian Waller 8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 16-14 in 55 minutes.

The 22-year-old world No58 from Mexico City - the lowest-ranked player in the draw - progresses to face third seed Borja Golan for a place in the semi-finals.

Spaniard Golan quashed Egyptian qualifier Karim Ali Fathi 11-5, 12-10, 11-6.

It was a good night for Egypt's Elshorbagy family after brothers Mohamed Elshorbagy and Marwan Elshorbagy both secured places in the quarter-finals.

Second seed Mohamed beat Mexican wild card Cesar Salazar 11-5, 11-5, 11-7, while younger brother Marwan, the 20-year-old former world junior champion ranked 29 in the world, upset England's world No22 Tom Richards 11-5, 11-2, 11-4.

Champion Gaultier Draws Karwalski In Toluca

France's world No2 Gregory Gaultier will begin his defence of the Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas title in Mexico against Matthew Karwalski following the Australian's success in the qualifying finals of the PSA World Tour International 70 squash event in Toluca.

The world No57 from New South Wales denied Arturo Salazar the chance to line up alongside his twin brother Cesar Salazar in the first round of the richest event ever to be staged in Mexico.

Karwalski beat Arturo Salazar 11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6 in 38 minutes to earn his first meeting with Gaultier, the 30-year-old from Aix-en-Provence who won the 2012 title after triumphing in the quickest final of his career.

Mexican interest in the main draw was boosted when 22-year-old Alfredo Avila upset New Zealand's higher-ranked Campbell Grayson 11-6, 15-13, 11-8 in the qualifying finals.

Avila, the world No58 and now the lowest-ranked player in the main draw, will face England's Adrian Waller, the world No34.

Henrik Mustonen and Egyptian Karim Ali Fathi were the other two players to qualify. Finn Mustonen beat England's Jaymie Haycocks 11-4, 11-8, 11-9, while Fathi, the 20-year-old world No56 from Cairo who is making his maiden appearance in Mexico, defeated experienced Australian Steven Finitsis 6-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-9 in 64 minutes.