Hong Kong Open 2011

Published on Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hong Kong Open 2011

Du 15 au 20 novembre 2011 - Hong Kong

Round One
15/16 Nov
Round Two
17 Nov
18 Nov
19 Nov
20 Nov
[1] Nick Matthew (Eng)
11/6, 11/4, 11/7 (41m)
[Q] Martin Knight (Nzl)
[1] Nick Matthew
12/10, 11/7, 11/8 (65m)
Daryl Selby
[1] Nick Matthew

 7/11, 11/9, 13/11, 11/5 (90m)

[5] Grégory Gaultier

[5] Grégory Gaultier


11/9, 11/9, 11/1 (67m)


 [3] James Willstrop

[3] James Willstrop


11/5, 11/9, 11/4 (53m)


[2] Karim Darwish

Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
9/11, 8/11, 11/7, 11/4, 11/3 (66m)
Daryl Selby (Eng)
Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak)
11/8, 11/4, 11/8 (35m)
Omar Mosaad (Egy)
Omar Mosaad 
 11/6, 4/11, 11/4, 11/6 (68m)
[5] Grégory Gaultier
Julian Illingworth (Usa)
11/6, 11/6, 9/11, 11/3 (65m)
[5] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
[6] Peter Barker (Eng)
 7/11, 12/10, 9/11, 11/5, 11/9 (87m)
Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
[6] Peter Barker
11/8, 11/7, 11/4 (47m)
Cameron Pilley
[6] Peter Barker

11/3, 11/8, 3/0 rtd (27m)

 [3] James Willstrop

Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11/2, 11/8, 3/11, 11/6 (44m)
Max Lee (Hkg)
Olli Tuominen (Fin)
 11/7, 11/9, 11/5 (45m)
[Q] Borja Golan (Esp)
Olli Tuominen
11/3, 11/8, 11/6 (30m)
[3] James Willstrop
Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
 13/11, 11/6, 11/5 (24m)
[3] James Willstrop (Eng)
[4] Amr Shabana (Egy)
 11/8, 11/9, 3/11, 11/1 (40m)
[Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)r
[4] Amr Shabana 
11/5, 11/7, 12/10 (31m)
Hisham Ashour
[4] Amr Shabana

11/9, 11/5, 11/6 (40m)

Azlan Iskandar

Azlan Iskandar


11/3, 11/8, 11/2 (37m)


[2] Karim Darwish

Hisham Ashour (Egy)
11/6, 11/7, 7/11, 11/9 (47m)
Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
11/4, 11/7, 11/1 (33m)
[Q] Gregoire Marche (Fra)r
Azlan Iskandar
6/11, 11/6, 14/12, 11/7 (56m)
[7] Mohamed El Shorbagy
[Q] Alan Clyne (Sco)
11/8, 11/8, 11/6 (34m)
[7] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
[8] Thierry Lincou (Fra)
11/3, 11/9, 11/5 (45m)
Stewart Boswell (Aus)
Stewart Boswell
11/4, 11/9, 11/0 (42m)
Tom Richards
Stewart Boswell

11/5, 11/4, 11/6 (39m)

 [2] Karim Darwish

Tom Richards (Eng)
8/11, 11/5, 11/8, 2/11, 12/10 (77m)
[Q] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
15/17, 11/4, 11/8, 11/7 (48m)
[Q] Tarek Momen (Egy)
[Q] Tarek Momen
11/3, 11/2, 5/11, 11/7
[2] Karim Darwish
[Q] Ivan Yuen (Mas)
11/5, 11/5, 11/4 (27m)
[2] Karim Darwish (Egy)

19 novembre 2011 - Demi : 
[3] James Willstrop (Eng) bat [5] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)

I tried to do what I could today, but honestly, I just didn’t have anything in the legs. Mentally, I tried to put, to step up and volley more, but I was as flat as it comes. 
I guess the difference of time on court yesterday made a bit of a difference, but to be honest, I think it’s more the accumulation of hard matches for a few weeks.

But all credit to James, he played a perfect game, and took advantage of the conditions…


First game was 28m. With a James as patient as I’ve ever seen him, two unforced errors in the whole match. A relentless James, playing a devastating mid pace where everything or was perfect length at the back/corners, or remarkable drop shots at the front.

Not enough to score quickly, but relentless enough to sap Greg's very very tired legs….

All credit to the Frenchman, he dug in. And went very deep to try and fetch that energy back. Even after losing the 1st game. The “Old Greg” would have given up, threw away the towel. “New Greg” never game up. Even from 10/6 down, he clawed back to 9/10, to finally bow on a tin 11/9…

James had spent only 27m on court, and in that second, it showed. He was only too happy to keep on working hard, and twist and turn Greg. Varying the pace, the angles, he made more and more damage. White as a sheet, Greg kept James in view, 5/5, 6/6, 7/7, and clawed back from 7/9 to 9/9. But there again, James gives it a big push, and a backhand boast and a shot that clips the corner, James is now 2/0.

In the third, Greg never saw the light, as he didn’t hit the wall, he actually was buried alive in it. James, again, patiently, made sure he nailed the coffin with a beautiful accurate and lethal squash…

18 novembre 2011 - Quarts :

[5] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
[1] Nick Matthew (Eng)

7/11, 11/9, 13/11, 11/5 (90m)

Thing is, after Qatar and the World, that makes 11 matches in 3 weeks, and when I arrived here, I was flat as it comes. I needed rest, rest and rest, and easy training. And I did struggle in the first and second round, but today, it was just about fighting spirit! My coach always says to me, I’m allowed to lose once in a while against a better player, but I’m forbidden to lose without giving my maximum.

I think we were both tired today, everybody knows that we were playing in the final of the World last week, and that I lost. So today, I was dying for a revenge…

However my body feels, I really want to fight till the end. I can feel it in my eye, in my body. I had it when I was a kid, and then, I lost it for a while, but when I found myself watching the others play from my sofa on PSASquashTV, I realise how important it was for me. And now, when I get the opportunity to play another tournament, I’m enjoying every minute of it.

In the first game, I struggle on the court, I didn’t play like the others did on there, and had only 20m practice this morning, so I really struggled to see the ball for a game and a half. He was playing some boasts, and I really couldn’t see them, I didn’t move! They changed the colour of the court, it feels really dark now, it was not easy. I was constantly late on the ball

In the third, it was a toss of a coin! I was 9/4 down, and I thought, well, win or lose, I’m just going to make him work for it. And point by point, I dug in. At 7/8, 8/9, I realised that I could actually win that game. And of course, when I did, it was a great advantage for me, 2/1 up.

In the 4th, I manage to build a 3 4 points gap, but at 8/4, he gave it a big push, and I really had to fight for each and every point. It was hurting, but I knew I had to keep ahead.

I’ve watched James play today, he looks sharp. So now, no celebration, just my normal routine, to get ready for tomorrow. I know James didn’t have a long match as Peter got injured, so, it will be a bit of a challenge… But then again, I love challenges…

17 novembre 2011 - second tour :

[5] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
Omar Mosaad (Egy)

11/6, 4/11, 11/4, 11/6 (68m)

15 novembre 2011 - premier tour :

[5] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
Julian Illingworth (Usa)

11/6, 11/6, 9/11, 11/3 (65m)

It’s my first match after a week of rest and quiet training, plus the travelling here, so I was not at my best. And like after Qatar, the first days after were tough, the same here.

I cannot stress enough how well Julian played, I didn’t expect such a performance from him, he played very well, he volleyed very well too, took his chances too, and I really had to dig in and play very well to beat him.

I was in and out mentally, I was up 4/1, 5/1, but then would relax too much, and he didn’t give me any points, I had to fight for each rally, all the points were extremely disputed.

Still, I truly think it’s a blessing in disguise, as I could have had an easy 25m match, but that would have not be constructive for the rest of the tournament. Instead, playing against Julian really woke me up, and I’m really happy to have had to play such a good match.