British Open 2014

British Open 2014

Published on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Allam British Open 2014  - 12/18 may - The sports Arena - Hull

Allam British Open 2014
MEN'S DRAW, $150k
Round One
12th/13th May
Round Two
14th/15th May
Fri 16th May
Sat 17th May
Sun 18th May
[1] Nick Matthew (Eng)
11-9, 11-3, 11-6 (44m)
Joe Lee (Eng)
[1] Nick Matthew

11-7, 10-12, 11-3, 5-11, 11-4 (76m)

Daryl Selby
[1] Nick Matthew

 11-4, 12-10, 11-9 (45m)

[Q] Fares Dessouki

[1] Nick Matthew


4-11, 14-12, 3-11, 11-7, 11-8 (104m)


[4] Mohamed Elshorbagy

[1] Nick Matthew


11/3, 11/6, 11/2 (45m)


[2] Gregory Gaultier

Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
 7-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (65m)
Daryl Selby (Eng)
Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
8-11, 11-3, 11-7, 7-11, 9-3 rtd (80m)
[Q] Fares Dessouki (Egy)
[Q] Fares Dessouki 

12-10, 11-6, 2-11, 2-11, 11-9 (62m)

[8] Karim Darwish
[8] Karim Darwish (Egy)
14-12, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8 (69m)
  [Q] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
[6] Borja Golan (Esp) 
8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 1-11, 11-6 (90m)
  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 (57m)

[4] Mohamed Elshorbagy

Adrian Grant (Eng)
11-5, 12-10, 10-12, 11-5 (75m)
[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)

[4] 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)
[3] Ramy Ashour

9-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-4 (51m)

Laurens Jan Anjema
[3] Ramy Ashour

 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 (42m)

[5] James Willstrop

[3] Ramy Ashour


11-7, 12-10, 3-11, 11-7 (72m)


[2] Gregory Gaultier

Peter Barker (Eng)
11-5, 11-5 rtd (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)

[5] 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
[7] Amr Shabana (Egy)
[7] Amr Shabana

11-5, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6 (55m)

[Q] Grégoire Marche
[7] Amr Shabana

11-2, 0-0 rtd (11m)

[2] Gregory Gaultier

[Q] Grégoire 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
[Q] Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez 

11-3, 11-7, 11-9 (48m)

[2] Gregory Gaultier
Chris Simpson (Eng)
11-4, 11-3, 11-2 (32m)
[2] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)

The Final :

Grégory Gaultier


Nick Matthew

11-3, 11-6, 11-2
(45 m)


Grégory Gaultier made it a double triumph for the top seeds as he collected the men's title for a second time with a superb performance against Nick Matthew. 

The Englishman, three times a champion and coming into the final on the back of a mammoth semi-final, simply couldn't get a foothold in the match as Gaultier raced to an early lead and never let the momentum slip.

To win this title is an unbelievable feeling. 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 knew I had to bring a lot of pace and step on it from the start, because he was tired, but it’s not easy to play at full speed continuously, and to push above the T line. But Nick is a physical monster. I had to make him work very hard at the start of the second, and if my lungs were on fire, I thought that his were probably burning as well. 

What Nick lacked today because of yesterday’s match were speed and reactivity, and that’s what made the difference today.

A very crucial point this week was the fact that all week I was relaxed and confident, I didn’t put myself under any kind of pressure, I didn’t have anything to lose, if it worked, fine I thought if not, tough.

Right now I feel like I want to sleep, all the tension of the week just melts away. I feel like sleeping because I only had three hours sleep last night because of the tension. 

To win the trophy once again is amazing. I don’t know if people can understand, I’ve been working so hard for 25 years every day, I wake up every morning to go to a training session. 

So I really want to thank my coaches, physios, all my team and my family back home because they give me the extra push. It’s not an easy job, they give me my motivation, and it’s difficult sometimes, with what’s happening in your head. All the work I’ve done has paid off and I’m really proud.

I want to thank the crowd, because of course they were supportive of Nick, but they were also very fair on us. We travel all around the world and it’s tough to have support so I’m pleased And I think it’s good for once to have two Europeans in the final! Those Egyptians are so good, so for once, it’s good to have two guys from Europe. Sorry Dr Allam!!!

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.

Again, thanks every so much to Dr Allam, for all his support, he is doing so much for squash, we really more people like you, like Ziad, and more people to come and watch us live or on SquashTV. 

Thanks everybody, and see you next year.

Greg Gaultier

                                                                                                                                        17 may - Semi Finals :

                                                                                                                        Grégory Gaultier bt [3] Ramy Ashour (Egy)

                                                                                                                                   11-7, 12-10, 3-11, 11-7 (72m)

Gaultier dethrones Ashour

World number one Grégory moved into a second successive British Open final as he gained revenge on defending champion Ramy Ashour in the second men's semi-final.

The Frenchman was in command in the first, and squeezed home 12-10 to double his advantage. It was all Ashour in the third, but Gaultier regrouped in the fourth, coming from 5-7 down to take the match with six points in a row.

It’s always a great feeling to reach a major final. But I could see that Ramy had pulled a muscle at the end of the second. I’m not blind. I know him very well. I could see in the third that he would only do lobs and drop shots, he didn’t move or push. 

So, yes, happy, but it’s difficult to rejoice when you see your opponent injured. I know the feeling too well, and it’s so sad that it ended with an injury.

In the 3rd, I lost a bit my concentration, but you know, even at 30%, it’s hard to win a point against Ramy!!!! I just hope he’ll be alright.

Last year, I got into the final, but Ramy was in such a form, he was beating everybody, wining all the finals, he was so strong. I did what I could but it was not enough.

Nick is an unbelievable fighter and he's had an amazing career, such an athlete. He has achieved so much but he is always still hungry and he has a real fighting spirit which he showed today against Mohamed.

And he can back it up too. As he always says “we train for playing in those kind of conditions”, so I don’t expect him to be tired. At all. I just hope he is not injured!

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.

Tomorrow is another day, another match, another trophy to raise maybe. May the best player win.

Greg Gaultier


It’s strange to think that there won’t be a single Egyptian in the final. The warm conditions didn’t suit their game for one. But most of all, the mental strength the English displayed, along with bad luck for Ramy and StarTrek Nicol speed that did the trick today….

Ramy, troubled since the start of the tournament by back trouble, didn’t start well. But that was neither surprising nor worrying. He’s got a habit of getting back and stringing points at the end of the first, or take the second to another speed/level.

And today was a bit the same, excellent start from a very focused Greg, 4/0. Good recovery from Ramy, 4/5 after a massive rally, I mean massive from Massive City. Greg seems to recover better, stringing the points beautifully up to 9/4. Ramy comes back a bit, again another superb astonishing rally at 10/5, but Greg will finally take the game, in 18m, 11/7.

The second game is pure Chef d’Oeuvre, a Masterpiece really. I rarely such an accuracy, intelligence, craft, chess moves, between two players. It was squash at its best. You have to watch it, truly. Incredible of control and cat/mouse side to side, corner to corner. 

But at 9/9, it’s all over. Ramy starts by stretching his back. Then the next point, it’s the inside of his left leg, could be the hamstring or the abductors, but it’s the high insertion. Ramy not concentrating anymore on the game, takes a winner to save the game ball, but will tin the next two points.

Away from the SquashTV camera, Ramy is stretching. Trying to. Not looking good.

When he comes back, completely relaxed, he gives it a go. Lob and nicks. He takes the game 11/4. But Greg, having had a little breather, will stop him in the 4th, at 6/4. Ramy will score one more point, but that’s it. 11/7 Greg.

For the third time of his career, the World number one in his final of the British Open.

                                                                                                              16 may - Quarter finals :

                                                                                                                                        Grégory Gaultier (Fra) bt [7] Amr Shabana (Egy)
                                                                                                                                11-2, 0-0 rtd (11m)

I feel sorry for Shabs as he's my best friend on tour and it's a shame when a match ends this way. I’m sorry really, he was riddle last year with injury, illnesses, and he came back, at 34, it’s just amazing. 

Last time we played in the US, he hammered me 3/0 in like 30m. Not a nice feeling I tell you. But that shows the talent he has. I just hope he is going to be alright soon, and that we’ll have many more great battles.

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.

Now, I just hope that Ramy and James are going to have a verrrrrry long match, that will finish tomorrow morning…

15 may : second round :

[2] Grégory Gaultier (Fra) bt Miguel Rodriguez(Col)

11-3, 11-7, 11-9 (48m)

He improved an immense lot since he is training with David Palmer. He is known for his retrieval skills, but when he is playing fast, he is hard to beat, plus he is playing a much more tighter game that he used to. He’s got some weird reversed shots at well that make it hard to make a point!!

I was confident in the first game, but maybe I became a bit too passive after that. I think that the day off didn’t help actually, having a day off after 2 or 3 rounds would make more sense maybe. I didn’t practice yesterday to try and keep a certain freshness more mentally than anything else, maybe I shouldn’t have.

Yes, getting married in July, so many things to think about. So yes it’s good, because it can take your mind off squash, but also, as we’ve been working on it for the past 6 months, and that things just don’t all go the way you want them to, it can distract you from what’s important. But actually, I’m truly happy in my life and now, what’s paramount for me is the happiness of my family. The rest is not that important anymore…

Tomorrow, Shabana. I’ll have to get my tactic right. You know, the conditions vary a lot. Two days ago, I could play very fast on there because it was cold. Whereas today it was very warm, and I just did what I could on the day. So today, Shabana did probably the same, he did what he had to do, and maybe he couldn’t play his shots as well as he would like, because of the conditions. And don’t be fooled. 

Maybe today Shabana didn’t play as well as he can but tomorrow, he can play the best match of his life! Sometimes, we just adapt to the conditions, the opponent, and we keep the best of when we truly need to. Last time we played, he beat me in New York, so looking forward that match, and happy to get through fairly fresh…

Greg Gaultier

Greg keeps Miguel in check

World number one Gregory Gaultier moved into the quarter-finals with a straight-game win over Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez that will leave the Frenchman suitably fresh for tomorrow’s enticing matchup with Shabana.

Rodriguez loves a fast, frantic pace, but Gaultier was abvle to deny his opponent the opportunityto play trhat sort of game. It was precice, patient squash from Gaultier kept a lid on his opponent's exuberant instincts very effectively.

Gaultier started out well, converting a 4-0 lead to take the first game 11-3, then pulled clear from 6-all in the second with Rodriguez still not able to develop any madcap rallies which he, and no doubt the crowd, would have loved. 

He made one fruitless dive towards the end of the game, but that’s all - even when the Columbian let a serve come off the back wall between his legs before hitting it, Gaultier responded to his own error by merely quizzing the referees "is that allowed," before getting back down to business. 

Gaultier kept his control in the third, moving from 3-1 to 7-3 then 9-4 and the end looked nigh. 

Four unforced errors in a row brought grimaces to the Frenchman’s face as he dropped his racket in disgust, and a glimmer of hope to his opponent. 

At 9-8 Rodriguez put a simple drive out for two match balls, then Gaultier amazingly tinned again. No mistakes second time around though as he fired in a short kill to slam that lid firmly shut.