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18/05/2014
BRITISH OPEN (Men) 2014
 

Gregory Gaultier Wins 2014 British Open



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    1st Round   Qualifying

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Allam British Open 2014
MEN'S DRAW
The Sports Arena, Hull Uk, $150k
Round One
12th-13th May
Round Two
14th-15th May
Quarters
16th May
Semis
 17th May
Final
18th May
[1] Nick Matthew (Eng)
11-9, 11-3, 11-6 [44m] 
Joe Lee (Eng)
Nick Matthew
11-7, 10-12, 11-3, 5-11, 11-4 [76m]
Daryl Selby
Nick Matthew
11-4, 12-10, 11-9 [45m]
Fares Dessouki
Nick Matthew
4-11, 14-12, 3-11, 11-7, 11-8 [104m]
Mohamed Elshorbagy
Nick Matthew
11-3, 11-6, 11-2 [45m]
 
Gregory Gaultier
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 [65m]
Daryl Selby (Eng)
Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
11-8, 3-11, 7-11, 11-7, 9-3 (retired injured) [80m]
[Q] Fares Dessouki (EGY)
Fares Dessouki
12-10, 11-6, 2-11, 2-11, 11-9 [62m]
Karim Darwish
[8] Karim Darwish (Egy)
14-12, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8 [68m]
[Q] Ong Beng Hee (MAS)
[6] Borja Golan (Esp)
5-11, 11-7, 11-5, 1-11, 11-6 [105m]
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
Mathieu Castagnet
7-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6 [90m]
Adrian Grant
Mathieu Castagnet
11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6 [58m]
Mohamed Elshorbagy
Adrian Grant (Eng)
11-5, 12-10, 10-12, 11-5 [90m]
[Q] Leo Au (HKG)
Tarek Momen (Egy)
 9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 13-11 [49m]
[Q] Olli Tuominen (FIN)
Tarek Momen
11-2, 11-3, 11-9 [50m]
Mohamed Elshorbagy
[4] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy)
11-6, 10-12, 11-9, 11-5 [56m]
Alister Walker (Bot) 
[Q] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)
12-10, 11-4, 11-8 [34m]
[3] Ramy Ashour (Egy)
Ramy Ashour
9-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-4 [51m]
Laurens Jan Anjema
Ramy Ashour
v
11-5, 11-5, 11-7 [40m]
James Willstrop
Ramy Ashour
11-7, 12-10, 3-11, 11-7 [72m]
Gregory Gaultier
Peter Barker (Eng)
11-5, 11-5 retired [29m]
Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
11-8, 12-10, 11-6 [52m]
Omar Mosaad (Egy)
Omar Mosaad
11-5, 13-11, 9-11, 11-4  [90m]
James Willstrop
Simon Rosner (Ger)
5-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 [76m]
[5] James Willstrop (Eng) 
[Q] Max Lee (HKG)
11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8 [52m]
[7] Amr Shabana (Egy)
 Amr Shabana
11-5, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6 [55m]
Gregoire Marche
Amr Shabanav
11-2, retired [18m]
Gregory Gaultier
[Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
9-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 [80m]
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
10-12, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 [81m]
[Q] Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
11-3, 11-7, 11-9 [48m]
Gregory Gaultier
Chris Simpson (Eng)
11-4, 11-2, 11-3 [32m]
[2] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
Qualification Finals Results:
[1] Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy) bt [11] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus) 5-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (3-1) [51m]
[14] Leo Au (Hkg) bt [6] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy) 11-8, 11-3, 7-11, 10-12, 11-5 (3-2) [80m]
Fares Dessouki (Egy) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) 11-9, 11-6, 11-2 (3-0) [27m]
[4] Ong Beng Hee (Mas) bt [9] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) 11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8 (3-1) [70m]
[8] Max Lee (Hkg) bt [13] Alan Clyne (Sco) 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 (3-0) [31m] 
[3] Olli Tuominen (Fin) bt [L] Charles Sharpes (Eng) 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (3-0) [39m] 
[7] Gregoire Marche (Fra) bt [12] Henrik Mustonen (Fin) 11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (3-1) [55m]
[2] Nicolas Mueller (Sui) bt [16] Nasir Iqbal (Pak) 11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 11-3 (3-1) [41m]

Qualification First Round Results:
[1] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bt [L] Joel Hinds (ENG) 15-13, 11-5, 11-5 (3-0) [42m]
[11] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt [L] Ben Coleman (ENG) 11-5, 11-8, 13-11 (3-0) [58m]
[14] Leo Au (HKG) bt [L] George Parker (ENG) 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 (3-0) [40m]
[6] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 13-11, 11-3, 14-12 (3-0) [46m]
Fares Dessouki (EGY) bt [5] Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (3-0) [45m]
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt [15] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 12-14, 11-8, 15-13, 7-11, 11-6 (3-2) [74m]
[9] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [L] Declan James (ENG) 11-5, 13-11, 11-7 (3-0) [45m]
[4] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt Christopher Gordon (USA) 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7 (3-1) [53m]
[3] Olli Tuominen (FIN) bt [L] Richie Fallows (ENG) 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 (3-0) [32m]
[L] Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt [10] Mazen Hesham (EGY) 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (3-0) [31m]
[13] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Eddie Charlton (ENG) 12-10, 5-11, 11-2, 11-4 (3-1) [55m]
[8] Max Lee (HKG) bt Jonathan Kemp (ENG) 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (3-0) [21m]
[7] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Steven Finitsis (AUS) 11-9, 11-9, 11-8 (3-0) [57m]
[12] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt [L] James Earles (ENG) 11-8, 11-5, 13-11 (3-0) [33m]
[16] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) bt [L] Tom Ford (ENG) 11-6, 11-5, 10-12, 11-6 (3-1) [53m]
[2] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6 (3-1) [50m]


Reports

  Final  Semi Finals  Quarter Finals  2nd Round
  1st Round  Qualifying

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Final

Gregory Gaultier Wins 2014 British Open 

French squash World No.1 Gregory Gaultier claimed the 2014 Allam British Open Squash Championship title, beating England's World Champion and World No.2 Nick Matthew in an emphatic 3-0 performance at the KC Sports Arena in Hull today.

Gaultier, who became the first ever French winner of the prestigious 'Wimbledon of Squash' when he lifted the trophy in 2007, was in imperious form as he reeled off the 11-3, 11-6, 11-2 victory in just 45-minutes.

It was a sweet victory for the man from Aix En Provence who lost out to Matthew on their last three outings on the PSA World Tour, including a dramatic defeat in the final of the 2013 World Championship in Manchester last November. 

"To win this title is an unbelievable feeling," said Gaultier. "You dream of these moments when you are a child and you work so hard for them so to see them come true is amazing.

"I have played a lot of finals during my career and been the person who does not lift the trophy so I'm really happy to win this time.

"It's been a great week and I feel like I have played well throughout the tournament - I came here with a lot of motivation and I was fresh and I'm really happy to win this famous trophy."


Speaking after the match, Sheffield's Matthew said:
"I felt really good today so there were no excuses.

"Sometimes you just come up against people who were too good on the day and that was the case with Greg today."

 

Pictures Courtesy of SquashPics.com 
 

Semi Finals

Matthew And Gaultier To Battle In British Open Final

Squash World Champion Nick Matthew and World No.1 Gregory Gaultier will contest the final of the prestigious 2014 Allam British Open Squash Championship at the KC Sports Arena in Hull, tomorrow (Sunday May 18).

Matthew (right) earned his place in the final following a gruelling 104-minute, 3-2 win over Egyptian World No.3 Mohamed Elshorbagy while Gaultier impressed as he ruthlessly put defending British Open Champion Ramy Ashour to the sword in an emphatic 3-1 win.

Three-time British Open champion Matthew will be hoping home-support propels him to glory in a repeat of the performance that saw him beat the Frenchman 3-2 in a dramatic finale to the 2013 World Championships in Manchester last November - a victory that saw the Sheffield-man claim his third World title.

"The pace throughout the match today was relentless and I felt like I was running on fumes at the end," said Matthew, who's aiming for British Open title number four. 

"Mohamed is one hell of a player but I'm pleased with how I used my experience today to get the win. The crowd were amazing throughout the match today and they were really supportive of both players. 

"They (the crowd) really willed me on when I played Greg in the World Championship final last year and pulled me over the line so hopefully I can give them more to cheer about tomorrow." 


Gaultier (left), a British Open winner in 2007, will be hoping to overturn his recent form against Matthew, having also lost to out to the World No.2 in December's Hong Kong Open and February's CASE Swedish Open.

"Nick is an unbelievable player and he's had an amazing career," said Gaultier.

"He has achieved so much but he is always still hungry and he has a real fighting spirit which he showed today against Mohamed.


"He always tries to the last point but I'm here to win and this tournament is one of my main targets for the season. Winning the title for a second time would be just as amazing as the first so I'll give it everything tomorrow."


Pictures Courtesy of SquashPics.com 
 

Quarter Finals

World's Top Four Through To British Open Semi Finals

#PSAWorldTour

The World's top four squash players, Gregory Gaultier, Nick Matthew, Mohamed Elshorbagy and Ramy Ashour have progressed to the semi-finals of the 2014 Allam British Open Squash Championships in Hull.

World No.1 Gaultier (right) eased into the final four after Egyptian maestro Amr Shabana, the four-time World Champion, was forced to retire through illness, ending his bid to win a first British Open crown, and the Frenchman will now take on Egypt's defending British Open champion Ramy Ashour in a mouth-watering semi-final match-up.

"I feel sorry for Shabs (Shabana) as he's my best friend on tour and it's a shame when a match ends this way," said Gaultier.

"I just hope that he will be ok soon and come back and that we can play many more time sin the future. 

"Tomorrow I'm playing Ramy and he's the man in form at the moment. He's won the last two tournaments on the PSA World Series and his body is looking in great shape.

"But even though he is the man in form I'm here to do my best and try and beat everybody else so I'll just go back and get myself ready for tomorrow. 

"I'll be fresh which is good so I'll give it my best tomorrow and we will see."


World Champion Nick Matthew (left) is the only remaining home hope, after Ashour knocked out English No.2 James Willstrop, and he will face rising star Mohamed Elshorbagy, the Bristol-based Egyptian sensation who works under the tutelage of British Open legend Jonah Barrington.

The pair met at the semi-final stage of the PSA World Series Finals in March when the 23-year-old triumphed but Sheffield-based Matthew is determined to make amends for that result and add a fourth British Open crown to his victories in 2006, 2009 and 2012.

"Mohamed has beaten me the last two times we have played," said Matthew. "He's hungry and has all the qualities of youth but it feels like he's been around for a long time as he has maturity as well and is definitely the complete article.

"He won't give any consideration to me being World Champion or playing at home - he's an incredibly tough player and I expect we'll have another hard battle tomorrow when hopefully experience will sway it for me.

"The British Open is the reason I became a squash player,"
added Matthew. "I remember going to Wembley to watch the greats like Jahsher and Jahangir Khan and that is what inspired me to play.

"I feel like my week is just getting going now, I’ve not hit my stride like I need to and I hope with the crowd tomorrow I can up it a few more levels."


Pictures Courtesy of SquashPics.com 
 

2nd Round Lower Half

Double Delight For Egypt At British Open

#PSAWorldTour

Four-time squash World Champion Amr Shabana and two-time World Champion Ramy Ashour (right) completed a delightful double for Egypt during the second round of the 2014 Allam British Squash Open today.

Shabana, who has never won the prestigious 'Wimbledon of Squash', was in sublime form as he overcame Frenchman Gregoire Marche 3-1 while defending British Open champion Ashour came through a tough encounter against Dutch national champion Laurens Jan Anjema, also winning 3-1.

The duo's success means that there will be an Egyptian presence in all four of tomorrow's (Friday May 16) quarter-finals, as they are joined in the final eight by World No.3 Mohamed Elshorbagy and 19-year-old qualifier Fares Dessouki, who faces the mammoth challenge of taking on English World Champion Nick Matthew.

"It's been a long season for all of us but I'm just happy to be in these matches and competing and to get through to the quarter-finals," said 34-year-old Shabana, who takes on World No.1 Gregory Gaultier in his last eight match-up.

"Hopefully I can just come back tomorrow and produce some more squash like I did today."

Ashour will have to get the better of England's James Willstrop (left), the World No.6, in order to keep his hopes of becoming the first Egyptian in 50 years to successfully defend the British Open crown.

"It's always good to play in England," said Ashour. 

"The crowd here are very knowledgable and they're getting engaged with all the decisions which makes it exciting, and hopefully I can see more of that this week.


"James is a big guy and I've had some great battles with him in the past so it is definitely going to be an interesting match to watch tomorrow."




 

2nd Round Top Half

Dessouki Dispatches Dark Prince In British Open Upset

Egyptian qualifier Fares Dessouki (right) will compete in the quarter-finals of a PSA World Series event for the first time in his career after he pulled off arguably the biggest upset of the tournament so far to take out World No.9 Karim Darwish 3-2 at the 2014 Allam British Squash Open.

Dessouki, the 19-year-old World No.55, was a late entry into the competition as the beneficiary of Tom Richards's withdrawal due to injury but the youngster showed no sign of nerves as stunned his experienced compatriot, racing into an early 2-0 lead before holding on to eek out a win despite a late surge from the former World No.1.

Dessouki will now face three-time British Open champion and current World Champion Nick Matthew in Friday's quarter-finals after the Englishman came through a testing encounter with compatriot Daryl Selby.

"This is the biggest win in my career," said Dessouki.

"To beat a legend like Karim Darwish is huge. I dreamed of these moments when I was young and I'm very happy that it has happened.

"My focus was up and down in the fifth game and I was very lucky because he is a player who can finish a match from any situation so I'm very happy with this win." 

Matthew (left), who disposed another Englishman, Joe Lee, in the first round on Monday remains on course to win the prestigious 'Wimbledon of Squash' for the fourth time, a win which would see him equal the record of David Palmer, Azam Khan and Mahmoud Karim. 

"It was a huge relief to get the win tonight," said Matthew following the 76-minute battle.

"It was a bit of a topsy turvey match. We normally have very attritional matches but it was a dead court today and we both adapted and fortunately I got the better start in the fifth game and just saw it through."



Pictures Courtesy of SquashPics.com 
 

1st Round Lower Half

French Duo March Into British Open Second Round

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French duo Gregory Gaultier (right), the World No.1, and Gregoire Marche, the World No.33, led the way during day two of the Allam British Open at the KC Sports Arena in Hull as they progressed to the second round of the prestigious PSA World Series event.

Gaultier, the tournament's number two seed, was in emphatic form as he saw off the challenge of England's Chris Simpson 3-0 while 24-year-old qualifier Marche rallied from two games down to upset Australian Cameron Pilley in a five game thriller.

Marche's dramatic victory came just after Columbian pocket-rocket Miguel Angel Rodriguez had also risen from 2-0 down against qualifier Nicolas Mueller to turn the match on its head and set the scene for an action-packed day.

"It is a great feeling to qualify, especially at this tournament, because it is one of the biggest on the tour," said Marche. 

"It is just a great feeling to play in it and I go up against [Amr] Shabana in the next round who, for me, is one of the best players in the world, so I hope I can be as good as I was today and maybe I can go through to the quarter-finals.

"During my match I was thinking about the previous match between Nicolas Mueller and Miguel Angel Rodriguez, when Miguel came back from 2-0 down, so I kept fighting and thankfully it worked."


In a day full of shocks, Dutch national champion Laurens Jan Anjema remains in contention for honours after England's World No.8 Peter Barker retired through injury but there were no issues for defending British Open Champion Ramy Ashour, as the sublimely talented Egyptian was in commanding form getting past compatriot Marwan Elshorbagy 3-0.

"It's obviously the last tournament of the season so everyone is saying that there is one big push left and everyone wants to give his best,” Ashour said afterwards.

"You can see how tough the matches are from first rounds in tournaments now which shows how strong the game has become. 

“You don't want to spend your summer not being very happy or satisfied with yourself or your performance. Everyone wants to give 100% and every match counts so being in the second round is a big step and hopefully I can keep on taking those steps."


Elsewhere, Egyptians Omar Mossad and Amr Shabana successfully booked their second round berths while English World No.6 James Willstrop (left) came through arguably the toughest match of the day against German Simon Rösner.




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SquashPics.com 
 

1st Round Top Half click on images for larger view

World Champion Of To Winning Start At British Open

English squash World Champion Nick Matthew (right) got his 2014 Allam British Open title challenge off to a winning start, dispatching compatriot Joe Lee 3-0 in his first round match at the KC Sports Arena in Hull today.

33-year-old Matthew, a three-time British Open champion, will now take on World No.10 and fellow English Commonwealth Games medal hopeful Daryl Selby in the second round on Wednesday as he bids to win the prestigious 'Wimbledon of squash' for a fourth time.

Essex native Selby booked his place against Matthew with a  3-1 win over Indian national champion Saurav Ghosal while there was further success for the host nation as Londoner Adrian Grant, World No.24, booked his second round place at the expense of Hong Kong's Leo Au.

"Joe showed that his all round game has improved recently and he really opened my lungs today," said Matthew.

"He hit some great shots and when I relaxed he was on it so I'm really pleased to get that as it could have got ugly after the first game.

"I've got a day off tomorrow which I'll make the most of and it's nice to have the luxury of going home to Sheffield during this event so I'll go back and prepare for Wednesday now.

"I'm delighted to be playing in Yorkshire so looking forward to the challenge ahead."


Elsewhere on day one there were shocks as 27-year-old French World No.23 Mathieu Castagnet (left) beat Spanish World No.7 Borja Golan in a dramatic 3-2 contest while Egyptian qualifier Fares Dessouki beat compatriot and World No.18 Karim Abdel Gawad 3-2.

"It's the first time I've reached the second round of the British Open so I'm really happy and even more so to beat someone who is in the top 10 in the world as well," said Castagnet.

"I think Borja was a little bit tight and nervous today and I'm just delighted to win in five matches.

"I'm really happy to be coming back on Wednesday - the first thing I need to do is change my flight and then I will prepare myself as best I can for the next match."


Mohamed Elshorbagy, Tarek Momen and Karim Darwish completed a quartet of wins for Egypt on day one to round off the opening day's action.

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Qualifying

Allam British Open Qualification Complete

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Following two days of intense qualification action at the University Of Hull, the main draw for the 2014 Allam British Open is now complete.

Egyptian World No.19 Marwan Elshorbagy led the way during qualification as eight hopefuls earned their berths in the 32-man draw for the main event which gets underway at the KC Sports Stadium, Hull on Monday May 12, but there was no joy for home hopes Alan Clyne of Scotland or Englishman Charles Sharpes as they bowed out in straight games defeats.

Joining Elshorbagy in the main draw were fellow Egyptian Fares Dessouki, Hong Kong duo Leo Au and Max Lee, Swiss national champion Nicolas Mueller, Malaysian Ong Beng Hee, Olli Tuominen of Finland and Frenchman Gregoire Marche.

The $150k PSA World Series Platinum event will see the likes of English World Champion Nick Matthew, current World No.1 Gregory Gaultier of France and defending Allam British Open Champion Ramy Ashour, the Egyptian World No.4, battle it out to win the prestigious title dubbed the "Wimbledon" of squash.