North American Open 2013

Published on Sunday, February 24, 2013

Round One
25/26 Feb
Round Two
27 Feb
28 Feb
01 Mar
02 Mar
[1] Ramy Ashour (Egy)
11/4, 12/14, 11/4, 11/6 (43m)
Chris Simpson (Eng)
[1] Ramy Ashour
 11/8, 11/6, 12/10 (42m)
Cameron Pilley
[1] Ramy Ashour

11/7, 11/6, 10/12, 11/8 (53m)

Simon Rosner

[1] Ramy Ashour


11/5, 11/8, 9/11, 11/8


[3] James Willstrop

[1] Ramy Ashour

11/7, 11/8, 5/11, 11/7 (65mn)

[2] Nick Matthew

Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11/3, 11/5, 11/4 (27m)
[Q] Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
11/8, 10/12, 11/5, 11/8 (64m)
Simon Rosner (Ger)
Simon Rosner 
4/11, 11/8, 11/8, 9/11, 11/9
 [8] Omar Mosaad
[8] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
7/11, 11/8, 11/4, 11/8 (47m)
[Q] Shawn Delierre (Can)
[5] Karim Darwish (Egy)
 11/5, 10/12, 11/9, 12/10 (65m)
[Q] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
[5] Karim Darwish
 7/11, 11/5, 9/11, 11/8, 11/2 (45m)
Hisham Ashour
[5] Karim Darwish


[3] James Willstrop

Hisham Ashour (Egy)
7/11, 11/6, 11/13, 11/9, 11/9 (59m)
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
11/9, 6/11, 11/8, 11/1 (43m)
[Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez 11/7, 11/7, 11/1 (37m)
[3] James Willstrop
[3] James Willstrop (Eng)
11/3, 11/6, 11/8 (27m)
Alan Clyne (Sco)
[Q] Joe Lee (Eng)
11/6, 11/6, 11/7 (36m)
[4] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
[4] Grégory Gaultier 11/4, 11/4, 11/5
Adrian Grant
[4] Grégory Gaultier

11/4, 11/4, 11/5 (34m)

[7] Amr Shabana

[4] Grégory Gaultier


11/6, 11/3, 8/11, 11/7 (63m)

[2] Nick Matthew

Adrian Grant (Eng)
11/6, 9/11, 11/3, 11/3 (46m)
Shahier Razik (Can)
Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
11/3, 7/11, 7/11, 11/4, 11/7
[Q] Yasir Butt (Pak)
Karim Abdel Gawad 11/8, 9/11, 11/3, 11/8 (50m)
[7] Amr Shabana
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
11/8, 11/8, 11/6 (37m)
[7] Amr Shabana (Egy)
[6] Peter Barker (Eng)
10/12, 11/4, 11/3, 11/6 (53m)
[Q] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
[6] Peter Barker
11/4, 11/6, 9/11, 11/4 (55m)
Olli Tuominen
[6] Peter Barker

11/6, 11/7, 11/5 (49m)

[2] Nick Matthew

Max Lee (Hkg)
12/10, 11/7, 11/5 (38m)
Olli Tuominen (Fin)
Tarek Momen (Egy)
11/9, 11/7, 10/12, 19/21, 11/5 (85m)
[Q] Chris Gordon (Usa)
Tarek Momen
11/7, 11/8, 11/6 (44m)
[2] Nick Matthew
Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
11/4, 11/3, 11/3
[2] Nick Matthew (Eng)

01-Mar, Semi-Finals : 

(2) Nick Matthew (England) beat (4) Grégory Gaultier (France)
11-6, 11-3, 8-11, 11-7 (63 min)

Nick Matthew meets Ramy Ashour in the final after a magnificent win over Grégory Gaultier.

Matthew surged ahead from 4-4 in the first game to win it 11-6, and was even more devastating as he advanced from 4-3 to 11-3 in a second game lasting just eight minutes.

The drama began to unfold in the third game as Gaultier fought back from 5-2 down to dominate a large phase of the match..

He moved 9-6 ahead and successfully repelled Matthew’s late challenge.

After a cautious start to the fourth game, the 32-year-old number two seed from Sheffield won five points in a row from 4-4 to put himself within touching distance of a place in the final.

After another flurry of points from Gaultier, a delighted Matthew clinched victory.

He said: “I have lost to Greg a couple of times recently so it was good to get the win. Greg had started well against me last time we played and won the first game 11-3 in the final of the Swedish Open so I was determined to make a good start myself.

“From 5-2 up in the third Greg suddenly turned it on and I was glad to get back on top in the fourth, and especially pleased to hit some Ramy shots at the end.

“I’m looking forward to the final because we’ve played each other plenty of times here over the years. It’s an interesting contrast in styles and should be a great match.”

Once again the Richmond crowd gave both players a standing ovation.

With the top two seeds in such excellent form, the final promises to be a classic.

28-Feb, Quarter-Finals [4] Grégory Gaultier beat [7] Amr Shabana  11/4, 11/4, 11/5 (34m)

Grégory Gaultier was too tight, too accurate and too consistent for Amr Shabana.
As the tournament moved into the quarter-final stages, so Gaultier moved up to a new level of quality.

Striking the ball cleanly and matching Shabana for inventiveness at the front of the court, he booked his place in the semi-finals in just 34 minutes. It was to one-sided to be a classic, but Gaultier was generous in his praise of his opponent. He said:
"Amr is without doubt the best squash player in the world. He is the one you always look to if you are having some difficult moments, because watching him helps you to get things right in your own mind. 

"I will always watch him on Squash TV. He is the player you should watch if want to learn how to hit the ball correctly. 

"I am happy with how I played and pleased to be playing better now I am in the semi-finals."

27-Feb, Round Two :

[4] Grégory Gaultier (Fra) bt Adrian Grant (Eng)
11/4, 11/4, 11/5 (40m)

Number four seed Gregory Gaultier produced another immaculate display to beat Adrian Grant.

Striking the ball with a clinical precision that is almost on a par with Amr Shabana, Gaultier put the ball in all the right places to keep Grant under pressure. Grant struck the tin on a regular basis, but it was more to do with Gaultier's tight play, keeping the ball glued to the side wall, than any major shortcomings from the English left-hander.
Asked if he was enjoying the best form of his career, Gaultier responded: 

"I hope not! I feel I am playing well but at this stage of the tournament you want more to come. 

"It was a busy start to the year with the World Series in London, followed by the Tournament of Champions in New York, where I was glad to have my physio with me to keep me in good shape.

"I enjoyed the final against Ramy and was on top for an hour or so, but he came back very strongly to win it. "I took a lot of positives out of that and played well in Sweden to beat Nick Matthew in the final.

"So all these things help to keep your mind in good shape as well as your body."

26-Feb, Round One :

[4] Grégory Gaultier (Fra) bt [Q] Joe Lee (Eng)
11/6, 11/6, 11/7 (36m)

Gaultier beats Lee

Grégory Gaultier launched day two of the first round programme with an impressive display of immaculate squash against English qualifier Joe Lee. Lee played well throughout the match, but Gaultier's accuracy and ball placement is as good as anyone's in the history of the game. Bridging that gap was an impossible ask for the 23-year-old Londoner.

Gaultier arrived in Richmond on the back of some impressive performances in the past few months and many in the Richmond community are wondering if he might reach his first final here since 2008, when he lost to James Willstrop. Gaultier said: 
"It is very close at the top of the rankings at the moment. I am happy with the way I am playing and I have had some good results, but there is one man at the top who is proving very difficult to beat.

"I am not a big fan of starting matches at 12 noon because it is difficult to warm the body up and you have to change your normal schedule, but I am not complaining, honestly!

"I thought Joe played very well today and it was a very enjoyable way to start the week.

"I always love coming to Richmond and seeing so many friends here. 
"It's always a great tournament - one of the best."

Alan Thatcher reports