EL GOUNA Squash Open 2015

02-10 April - Egypt

Published on Friday, April 10, 2015

EL GOUNA Squash Open 2015 - 02-10 April - Egypt

El Gouna International 2015
02-10 April, Egypt, $115k
Round One
05 / 06 Apr
Round Two
07 Apr
08 Apr
09 Apr
10 Apr
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy)
 11/9, 13/11, 11/5 (45m)
[Q] Ali Farag (Egy)
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy

 8/11, 11/5, 11/6, 11/6 (45m)

[Q] Mazen Hesham
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy

11/7, 11/8, 11/9 (53m)

[8] Peter Barker

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy


6/11, 6/3 rtd (33m) 


[3] Nick Matthew


[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy

11/9, 11/6, 4/11, 10/12, 12/10 (94m)

[4] Ramy Ashour

Simon Rösner (Ger) 
12/10, 11/7, 11/13, 11/7 (56m)
[Q] Mazen Hesham (Egy)
Max Lee (Hkg)
7/11, 8/11, 11/5, 11/5, 11/8 (76m)
[Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
Max Lee

11/2, 15/13, 11/5 (46m)

 [8] Peter Barker
[8] Peter Barker (Eng)
11/5, 11/7, 11/3 (47m)
Adrian Waller (Eng)
[7] Tarek Momen (Egy)
12/10, 11/1, 7/11, 12/14, 11/9 (85m)
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
    Saurav Ghosal

 11/4, 11/3, 9/11, 11/8 (64m)

Omar Mosaad
Omar Mosaad

8/11, 11/4, 11/9, 12/10 (82m)

 [3] Nick Matthew

Omar Mosaad (Egy)
11/5, 11/8, 13/11 (42m) 
[Q] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
7/11, 6/11, 11/5, 12/10, 11/9 (88m)
[Q] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
Mathieu Castagnet 
  6/11, 11/5, 11/5, 11/5 (62m)
  [3] Nick Matthew
[3] Nick Matthew (Eng)
 11/7, 11/6, 11/6 (47m)
[wc] Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy)
10/12, 11/8, 11/6, 11/6 (50m)    
[4] Ramy Ashour (Egy)
    [4] Ramy Ashour
 6/11, 11/8, 11/7, 11/8 (59m)
 Fares Dessouki
    [4] Ramy Ashour

11/7, 14/12, 9/11, 11/4 (56m)

James Willstrop


 [4] Ramy Ashour

7/11, 11/9, 11/9, 11/9  (64m)


[2] Grégory Gaultier

[Q] Leo Au (Hkg)
11/5, 11/4, 11/7 (34m)
Fares Dessouki (Egy)
Stephen Coppinger (Rsa)
4/11, 14/12, 11/7, 11/8 (59m)
James Willstrop (Eng)
    James Willstrop 
 11/8, 6/11, 11/6, 11/6 (61m)
 Chris Simpson
Chris Simpson (Eng)
5/11, 7/11, 11/5, 11/4, 11/5 (57m)
[5] Amr Shabana (Egy)
[Q] Karim Ali Fathi (Egy)
11/5, 11/2, 13/11 (49m)
[6] Miguel Rodriguez (Col)
[6] Miguel Rodriguez
  11/8, 9/11, 11/13, 11/9, 11/4 (105m)
 Daryl Selby
Daryl Selby

11/4, 11/3, 11/1 (25m)

[2] Grégory Gaultier

Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
8/11, 11/9, 11/9, 12/14, 11/8(84m)
Daryl Selby (Eng)
[Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)
13/11, 8/11, 11/9, 3/11, 11/7 (67m)
Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
    Karim Abdel Gawad
 11/8, 11/8, 11/3 (42m)
 [2] Grégory Gaultier
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
10/12, 11/7, 11/4, 11/4 (56m) 
[2] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)


9 Apr - SEMIS :


Ramy Ashour (Egy)
Grégory Gaultier (Fra)

7/11, 11/9, 11/9, 11/9  (64m)

Might as well come clean, my money was on Greg, 3/0 tonight, which proves once again that I know F.A about squash, as Nick would say. I thought ok, Ramy has had three hard matches, he is bound to feel the joints acing, plus if Greg was not that ready for a SuperManBionicLeg Ramy in Qatar – who wins the Worlds after not playing for 6 months?? – he would be today.

And it looked like I was right to start with. A bit of a strange warm up for Ramy, not his usual routine, a Greg errorless in the first game, literally, ready Ramy’s game to perfection, an extremely patient Frenchman that leads the whole way, not much, 1, 2 points, but enough to be calm, 11/7 Greg in 12m.

Ramy, 2 errors, plus 3 strokes, that 5 points for Greg, who only had to score 6….

The second is much better for Ramy, 3/0. The rallies are right away more intense, longer, but still played at a much slower pace than normally those two evolve at. Greg won’t be shaken, 3/3, 4/4, 5/5, 7/7, 8/8. We have been playing for 25m when Greg plays his first error. Ramy still take the game, 11/9, but again, 3 errors plus 2 strokes, that’s 5 free points for Greg, while Greg conceded up to then only 1 in two games!


The third is the perfect mirror of the second, as close as, but the rallies are much shorter, as Ramy has now fully downloaded the “I shall find the perfect height for my backhand crosscourt lobs and make them irretrievable” file, and Greg finally starts to make as many errors as Ramy, 3 each. 11/9 for Ramy, the crowd, the kids, nice atmosphere out there…


And I’m sorry to report that the 4th will be about the same than the previous two. But this time, instead of Ramy being up 10/8, losing the point on a stroke each time at that to got to 10/9, this time as I was saying, we are at 9/9. 

A powerful backhand kill drive for Ramy, 10/9 match ball, and a monstrous rally to finish, endless, sooooo intense, so relentless, nearly slow pace, neither wanting to make the error… But weirdly enough, Greg loses the match.. on a tin, 11/9.


Obviously disappointed to lose, there was a nice momentum in the third, but at 8/8, my ball was called not up, but it was a good shot, that really killed the rhythm for me.

I’m going to go home now and work hard for the British Open, I really want to win it again. For the past months, I have been struggling with that Achilles injury, and we couldn’t find what was wrong, so I was not able to train properly. But now, I have a few weeks before Hull, and I’m going to train as much as I can.

I arrived having done a lot of physical stuff but not enough racquet work, the fitness was paramount for my recovery. But now, I have lost a bit of the racquet skills, and that was I feel I missed tonight. Plus each time I was lifting the ball, I wasn’t able to control it as I wanted because of the heavy wind, it seemed to get out of court.

I feel that tonight, I was not aggressive enough when I was up in the score, I didn’t attack enough. But I’m not going to complain, because I was playing Ramy who had such a bad time with his injuries, I’m truly happy the man is back, he is a great guy and the sport needs him, like it needs Nick, I hope he’ll have a speedy recovery. Well done to Ramy for coming back, I hope he’ll have a great match against Mohamed tomorrow…


Greg Gaultier



Grégory Gaultier
Daryl Selby (Eng) 

11/4, 11/3, 11/1 (25m)

In the second match Grégory Gaultier improved his 11-1 record against Daryl Selby, the Englishman unable to put up much resistance after two brutal and exhausting matches totalling 189 minutes on the Movenpick traditional court in the last two days - compared to Gaultier's 98 minutes on the glass court.

He couldn’t move at all, he had a huge match/win yesterday against Miguel and it took too much out of him. 
 I thought that he would maybe struggle a bit at the start, and then get into it like he did last year, 12/10 in the 3rd, but no, when you have about 200 minutes squash in the legs in 2 days, it just takes too much out of you.
 All credit to him, he still came on court, and tried and gave it all he could. 
 For me, I have nothing to say to my performance, I’m just going to rest, tomorrow, a light practice, then keep it simple, and try and get as ready as possible for my semi.

Greg Gaultier


07 Apr - Round Two :

[2] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)


Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)

11/8, 11/8, 11/3 (40m)

Gaultier in control


Second seed Gregory Gaultier is no stranger to taking on Egyptians here in El Gouna, and well aware of the dangers they pose, so there was no rush to finish as he took on Karim Abdel Gawad for a place in the quarter-finals.

The first two games were played at a patient pace, and there was little to choose between them until the Frenchman pulled away at the end. 


In the first it was from 6-all that Gaultier pressed the accelerator, reaching 10-6 before finishing it off 11-8, then came from 2-5 down in the second, again taking it 11-8.


The third was quick, 6 minutes compared to 13 for the first and 17 for the second as Gaultier raced into a 5-0 lead then pulled away again from 6-2 to 10-2, finish the match on his second opportunity..


Physically, I am feeling really good, but the conditions tonight were so different from yesterday, it’s incredible. I’m playing with the same string tension, and yet, the ball felt like a tennis ball tonight, and I was struggling to handle the soft shots.
 He is just a great player he has some amazing short shots, but I feel that I could have been a bit more aggressive at the front. He did surprise me a bit and I got a bit negative at the beginning. 
 I will have to improve for tomorrow, get my tactic right, keep my focus, I apologise to the ref, I lost a bit my concentration there, I shouldn’t be bother by anything else while I’m playing. So I have to make sure it doesn’t happen tomorrow. 
 Happy to do the job, and glad I won to get to the next round…


Greg Gaultier


06 Apr - Round One :

[2] Grégory Gaultier
Cameron Pilley (Aus)

10/12, 11/7, 11/4, 11/4 (56m)


It’s often the case for top players, they seem to be a bit slow getting into a tournament, and they get better as the event unfolds. Well, Greg did that within a match…
As he always does, Cameron came off blasting with all guns, playing superb hard hitting – he loves that glass court he does – and finding some excellent length. He didn’t make a single unforced error – and that was a long first game, 21m. Not much between the players, 3/3, 4/4, 6/6, 7/7, 9/9. If Greg managed to create a little gap at 9/7, it’s Cameron that will get the two game balls, 12/10.

And the tide turned, slowly, 4 tins for Cam in the second, 3 for Greg, same than the first, but that makes the difference, and this time, it’s Greg that creates the gap, 9/6, 11/7 in 9m. He’ll make even less errors in the 3rd, 1 for 4 to Cam, 11/4.

The 4th will be a harsh game for Cameron, who never stopped trying but just couldn’t get Greg out of his comfort zone anymore, and kept visiting the court, 9/1, 10/2 match ball, 11/4 Greg in less than an hour.


Cameron has got unbelievable shots, he surprised me a couple of times.

After the first game, I started to get a better length, the wind didn’t help in the first game, but it’s nice to play outside, it’s not too hot, I’m enjoying it.

He played much better against me than he did in Chicago, and I had to push quite hard to win that first round.

I had issues with my Achilles tendons, in both feet, and for a few months now, I arrived at tournaments without real physical preparation, because I was constantly in pain. 

But now, we have found what the problem is, every day, I am taking care of it, to prevent it happening again. And for the first time for a very long time, I have been able to have two weeks solid training, without pain. That makes a huge difference.

So hard match tonight, against a tough competitor, happy to get through.

Greg Gaultier