Allan British Open Squash Championships 2012

Published on Monday, May 14, 2012

Round One
Mon/Tue 14th/15th May
Round Two
[1] James Willstrop (Eng)
11/3, 11/5, 11/7 (49m)
Simon Rosner (Ger)
[1] James Willstrop
9/11, 11/7, 11/7, 11/5 (79m)
Alister Walker
[1] James Willstrop

11/4, 11/7, 11/9 (45m)

[7] Mohamed El Shorbagy

[1] James Willstrop

8/11, 11/6, 11/6, 11/8 (59m)

[4] Ramy Ashour

[4] Ramy Ashour 


11/9, 11/4, 11/8 (49m)


[3] Nick Matthew

Alister Walker (Bot)
11/7, 11/6, 11/7 (43m)
[Q] Chris Simpson (Eng)
Adrian Grant (Eng)
11/6, 11/8, 11/5 (36m)
Adrian Waller (Eng)
Adrian Grant
12/10, 11/4, 11/8 (37m)
[7] Mohamed El Shorbagy
[7] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
11/7, 9/11, 11/7, 12/10 (61m)
[Q] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
[5] Amr Shabana (Egy)
11/7, 7/11, 6/11, 11/3, 11/6 (55m)
Tarek Momen (Egy)
[5] Amr Shabana
12/10, 11/4, 11/4 (32m)
Olli Tuominen
[5] Amr Shabana 

11/8, 12/10, 5/11, 1/11, 11/4 (45m)

[4] Ramy Ashour

Olli Tuominen (Fin)
11/6, 12/10, 11/6 (39m)
Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
12/10, 12/10, 11/5 (63m)
Borja Golan (Esp)
Borja Golan
7/11, 3/11, 11/9, 11/1, 11/6 (49m)
[4] Ramy Ashour
[4] Ramy Ashour (Egy)
8/11, 11/7, 11/5, 16/14 (55m)
Daryl Selby (Eng)
[Q] Max Lee (Hkg)
11/8, 11/4, 11/6 (45m)
[3] Nick Matthew (Eng)
[3] Nick Matthew
11/5, 8/11, 11/4, 11/6 (68m)
Tom Richards
[3] Nick Matthew

4/11, 11/6, 11/5, 11/5 (60m)

[8] Laurens Jan Anjema

[3] Nick Matthew

11/5, 11/8, 11/6 (45m)

[6] Peter Barker

Tom Richards (Eng)
11/7, 10/12, 11/4, 11/4 (49m)
Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
11/9, 11/13, 11/6, 11/3 (61m)
[Q] Alan Clyne (Sco)
Steve Coppinger
12/10, 9/11, 11/2, 11/3 (58m)
[8] Laurens Jan Anjema
[Q] Grégoire Marche (Fra)
11/2,11/1, 11/5 (30m)
[8] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
[Q] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
11/3, 11/9, 11/9 (50m)
[6] Peter Barker (Eng)
[6] Peter Barker
7/11, 11/2, 11/6, 11/6 (57m)
Saurav Ghosal
[6] Peter Barker_

11/8, 2/11, 7/11, 11/9, 11/6 (89m)

[2] Grégory Gaultier

 Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11/7, 11/6, 11/5 (35m)
[Q] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
11/5, 11/6, 8/11, 9/11, 11/1 (64m)
[Q] Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
[Q] Jonathan Kemp
11/5, 11/8, 11/7 (33m)
[2] Grégory Gaultier
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
11/6, 11/4, 11/3 (36m) 
[2] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)

18 Mai 2012 - Quarts :

Peter Barker


Grégory Gaultier

11/8, 2/11, 7/11, 11/9, 11/6 (89m)

"I had to physically wrestle him off the T, because he was killing me. Maybe it was not a quality match, but I was playing in front of my homecrowd, and I did what I had to do.”
Peter Barker

17 Mai 2012 - Deuxième tour :

[2] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
[Q] Jonathan Kemp (Eng)

11/5, 11/8, 11/7 (33m)

Greg fills the last spot

Second seed Gregory Gaultier raced through a quickfire match against qualifier Jonathan Kemp to claim the last remaining quarter-final spot, the 2007 champion taking on his shotmaking opponent and bettering him at it.

[2] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
[Q] Jonathan Kemp (Eng)

11/5, 11/8, 11/7 (33m)

"Happy with the way I played, I was aggressive on the ball, without giving him too much in the centre, because he’s got some unbelievable racquets skills, so anything you play “that much” away from the wall, he kills it.

I’m really pleased with the way I’m playing, I had a good 3 4 weeks of hard training, after a long period where I was suffering from hay fever and couldn’t play at all. So I spent some time training with Azlan, I’m feeling good now.

And now that the trees are grown finally, that the flowers are gone, I can breathe easily! Now, I’m going to look back at my performance tonight, analyze what I did well and not so well for my match tomorrow."

15 Mai 2012 - premier tour :

[2] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)

11/6, 11/4, 11/3 (36m) 

The second round lineup was completed when second seedGregory Gaultier made quick work of his 11/6m, 11/4, 11/3 over young Swiss Nicolas Mueller.

“I played quite well,” said the Frenchman, “he’s one of the best up and coming players and he’s had some good results so I knew I had to play well and stay focused and on my toes throughout the match.

“I made sure I warmed up well and was physically 100% before the match, which is important in cold conditions like these, and I was quite happy with my performance tonight.”

Player Profil : N°2 GREGORY GAULTIER

Born: December 23rd, 1982
Resides: Aix-en-Provence
Current PSA ranking: 2

After Gregory Gaultier won the Swedish Open in February, his opponent Karim Darwish said: “I have been playing Greg for more than ten years, since we were juniors, but that is the best I have ever seen him play.”

Gaultier will be hoping to bring that form with him to London this week. The talented and often fiery Frenchman won the British Open in 2007 by beating Thierry Lincou in the tournament’s only all-French final.

Gaultier won the Tournament of Champions in 2009, beating a then-10th seed Matthew in the final. He reached the world number one ranking position for the first time later in the year but found the experience a stressful one and took a short break from the game to retune mentally and physically.

Gaultier is so close to being the best player on the planet but has suffered numerous setbacks in major tournament finals. He deserves to have won at least one World Open title, but last year he lost his third final, going down to Nick Matthew in Rotterdam after being runner-up in 2006 and 2007.

He also lost to James Willstrop in the year-ending trio of tournaments in Hong Kong, Kuwait, and the Punj Lloyd Master in Delhi, eventually succumbing to cramp and retiring after 99 minutes following an hour-long opening game that he won 21-19.

Earlier in the year he won the Qatar Classic, Malaysian Open and European Championship.

He began this year by losing to Amr Shabana in the final of the PSA World Series Finals in London, having beaten him in a pool match.

He then met Shabana again in the Tournament of Champions and gained revenge by winning their quarter-final clash, only for the Frenchman to lose to Matthew in the semi-finals.

He reached the semi-finals of the North American Open in Richmond but lost a 97-minute battle with Willstrop.

He returns to the British Open rested and hungry and says: “I want to be number one again.”