Netsuite Open 2012

Published on Wednesday, October 17, 2012
 

Netsuite Open 2012
17-23 Oct, San Francisco, Usa, $70k

Round One
19 Oct
Quarters
20/21 Oct
Semis
22 Oct
Final
23 Oct
[1] James Willstrop (Eng)
11-4, 11-9, 11-9 (34m)
[Q] Alan Clyne (Sco)
[1] James Willstrop
11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (53m)
Amr Shabana
Amr Shabana

 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 (43m)

[3] Grégory Gaultier

[3] Grégory Gaultier

 

11-7, 13-11, 11-9

 

[2] Nick Matthew

Amr Shabana (Egy)
11-8, 5-11, 11-3, 11-5 (49m)
Alister Walker (Bot)
Tarek Momen (Egy)
11-7, 11-3, 11-7 (32m)
[Q] Gregoire Marche (Fra)
Tarek Momen
11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10 (58m)
[3] Grégory Gaultier
[3] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
11-4, 7-11, 11-1, 11-1 (52m)
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
Hisham Ashour (Egy)
11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (33m)
[4] Peter Barker (Eng)
[4] Peter Barker
 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 (47m)
Laurens Jan Anjema
[4] Peter Barker

11-7, 11-5, 6-11, 11-6 (56m)

[2] Nick Matthew

Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (48m)
[Q] Chris Simpson (Eng)
Daryl Selby (Eng)
12-10, 11-7, 11-4 (50m)
[Q] Martin Knight (Nzl)
Daryl Selby
11-6, 12-10, 11-4 (53m)
[2] Nick Matthew
Julian Illingworth (Usa)
11-8, 11-9, 11-3 (53m)
[2] Nick Matthew (Eng)

2Octobre 2012 - Final:
[3] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
bat
[2] Nick Matthew
11-7, 13-11, 11-9

Première victoire depuis un petit moment...

J'ai vraiment bien joué ce soir, j'avais une bonne longueur puis j'ai réussi à rentrer pas mal de coups gagnants. Je suis vraiment satisfait de ma semaine. Et demain, départ pour le Mexique.

Le tournoi était sympa, les clubs sont magnifiques ici et l'endroit où le court vitré était placé était magnifique.

Merci aux organisateurs et sponsors et espérons un autre tournoi l'année prochaine.

Pour ma part, je tiens à remercier tous les gens qui m'ont soutenu sur place, ainsi que toute mon équipe en France, la Fédé, mes sponsors, mon club le Set Aix, le Creps, Thomas, Mathieu, Caroline, Stéphane, Renan et Dédé, mes partenaires d'entraînements ainsi que ma famille et tous mes amis, désolé si j'en oublie...

Un très grand merci à Yves Tastet, Thomas Adriaens et François Perrin pour leur aide cette semaine qui m'ont beaucoup aidé car j'ai rencontré pas mal de problèmes, et qui m'ont sorti de la m....e pour pouvoir resté performant durant le tournoi.

Merci à Monsieur Marche pour le coaching toute la semaine et la venue de Cédric Hateau qui était très sympa.

A bientôt et merci à SquashSite pour la couverture du tournoi.


C’est Magnifique
Jay Prince reports

The headline pretty well sums up Gregory Gaultier’s performance tonight over Nick Matthew in the final of the NetSuite Open Squash Championships in San Francisco, California. The only disappointing part was that when sell-out crowds are witness to a stellar performance, they always want an encore. Unfortunately for them, Gaultier didn’t cooperate by not allowing the former World No. 1 to earn a single game. Matthew himself was left with little to do but applaud the Frenchman’s performance.

“I don't think I've ever played so well only to lose 3-0.” That was how Nick Matthew summed it up. And he’s probably right. 

Gaultier was simply unstoppable tonight, putting his astounding quickness and relentless attacking style to full effect. From the start, Gaultier owned the left wall. More specifically, he owned the back left corner where ball after ball found the full depth of the court.

Gaultier never looked back once referee Mike Riley said, “Love all”—racing out to 6-2 and 7-3 up before Matthew began to recover from what had hit him.

“In every game I was always two or three points behind,” said Matthew. “When it was my turn I was always able to bring it back level. But then he would go again. I was never ahead in the business end of the games.”

In fact, Matthew held a lead just once at any point in the match, and that came when he snuck ahead at 2-0 to open the third. His best opportunity was in the second game. Gaultier had jumped out early, leading 5-2 and 6-4, but Matthew simply could not find a way to garner a lead. From 7-7, the pair traded points to 11-11, but once Gaultier had secured the lead at 12-11, he played a masterful drop (a step-back backhand drop that would have made Michael Jordan proud) at the left front, leaving Matthew stumbling—and behind two games to love.

Throughout the match, Gaultier kept Matthew’s strength—cutting the ball off at mid-court—at bay, while simultaneously controlling his own tempo.

“I managed not to play too fast all the time; to mix the rhythm by hitting some high balls to take control of the T,” said the newly crowned champion. “I tried to take a few things out of his game as well. It’s always interesting to watch all the guys play and see how they play tactically. I was happy to do it.”

When asked about Gaultier’s ability to neutralize Matthew’s typical dominance at the middle of the court, Matthew simply said: “He’s always really deadly when he’s attacking on the left side. But that’s the best he’s played against me in terms of his defensive work,” conceded Matthew.

Perhaps the most impressive difference with Gaultier tonight was his ability to maintain his composure—not only when referee decisions didn’t go his way but, in particular, when Matthew succeeded in closing gaps midway through each game. He credits a new perspective on life after becoming a father for the first time eight weeks ago.

“I realize life is not only squash, and that was all my life before. I always put squash into one box and it was only it. And when you win life is beautiful, and when you lose it’s the end of the world. So now it gives me a great balance. There’s other things important in life. It gives me wings and has changed my attitude as well. It makes me more calm on court. I’m a really happy dad, and my girlfriend is really doing well. As long as Nolan is healthy, I’m happy. It’s an amazing feeling.”

So a fabulous week by the Bay comes to a close, with players loving what for most of them has been their first visit to San Francisco. “It’s been a great week. You know, you get to a stage where you play the same tournaments year in year out, and you come to somewhere new, it’s been one of my most enjoyable weeks on tour for a long time,” said Matthew.


22-Oct, Semi-Finals:

[3] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
bat
Amr Shabana (Egy)
11-7, 12-10, 11-8 (43m)

Deuxième finale consécutive, je suis content du niveau de performance que je produis depuis le retour à la compétition, malgré une préparation cet été perturbé par de nombreux évènements. J'arrive à produire du super squash et suis plutôt en bonne forme physique.

Aujourd'hui une autre finale et je compte bien la prendre ce coup-ci


22-Oct, Semi-Finals:

[3] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
bat
Amr Shabana (Egy)
11-7, 12-10, 11-8 (43m)

Gaultier Dispatches Shabana, Matthew Takes Out Barker in NetSuite Semis
Jay Prince reports

Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, playing tight squash to take away the angles that are favored by Egyptian Amr Shabana dominated their three-game semifinal in the NetSuite Open Squash Championships in San Francisco. Gaultier’s court coverage neutralized Shabana’s attacking short game, and his length was just good enough to keep Shabana trapped in the back corners.

Two nights ago, Shabana looked fluid in his movement in the cold Bay Area conditions, but tonight he was a step slow, despite building a small cushion of 8-6 and 10-8 in the second game. Gaultier, showing patience and precision, scratched his way back to draw even at 10-all before finishing off the game 12-10.

It was more of the same in the third. Neither player appeared to be too eager to draw points out, but instead chose to attack short off the volley. An early lead by Gaultier to 3-1 was quickly erased and became a 5-3 advantage for Shabana in a single hand. From there, Gaultier drew even and they exchanged points to 8-all before Gaultier slammed the door, 11-8.


20-Oct, Quarters :

[3] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
bat
Tarek Momen (EgtY)
11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10 (58m)

In the second quarterfinal, Gregory Gaultier of France hammered away at Egypt’s Tarek Momen to run away with the first two games. Relentless length on both sides of the court, made possible by the supreme quickness and balance of Gaultier who seems to be able to reach any ball on the court.

In the third, Momen played a more free-flowing game, attacking short—particularly on the left side—with positive effect. Drop exchanges were going Momen’s way for the duration and he cut Gaultier’s margin to 2-1.

In the fourth, Momen again ran away with the game while Gaultier became frustrated and made a handful of errors that he can be prone to make when he becomes distracted by referee decisions with which he disagrees. But down 10-6 and staring straight into the headlights of a deciding fifth game, the wheels came off for Momen. Coupled with a pair of errors and Gaultier stepping forward to attack with higher pace, Gaultier rattled off six straight points to punch his ticket into the semifinals where he will face Amr Shabana.




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