QATAR 2014 PSA World Championship

Published on Friday, November 21, 2014

QATAR 2014

PSA World Championship

14-21 November 2014

British Grand Prix 2014
Du 3 au 8 Dec, Manchester
Round One, 05 Dec
from 13.00
Quarters, 06 Dec
2 from 13.00, 2 from 17.00
Semis, 07 Dec 
from 14.00
08 Dec
[1] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
11/5, 11/6, 11/3 (39m)
   [wc] Richie Fallows (Eng)
[1] Grégory Gaultier
11/3, 11/4, 11/2 (43m)
[5] Peter Barker
[1] Grégory Gaultier

11/7, 10/12, 15/13, 9/11, 11/5 (103m)

[3] Nick Matthew

[3] Nick Matthew

11/7, 11/6, 11/5

[8] Mathieu Castagnet

[5] Peter Barker (Eng)
11/6, 11/5, 11/5
Chris Simpson (Eng)
[6] Daryl Selby (Eng)
11/4, 11/2, 11/9
Fares Dessouki (Egy)
[6] Daryl Selby
11/9, 11/4, 7/11, 11/5 (66m)
[3] Nick Matthew
[3] Nick Matthew (Eng)
11/5, 11/3, 11/7
[Q] Greg Lobban (Sco)
Adrian Waller (Eng)
 9/11, 11/9, 11/9, 9/11, 11/6 (95m)
 [4] Borja Golan (Esp)
Adrian Waller
13/11, 7/11, 11/2, 11/7 (54m)
[7] Miguel Rodriguez
[7] Miguel Rodriguez

11/2, 16/14, 13/11 (74m)

[8] Mathieu Castagnet

[Q] Alan Clyne (Sco)
 7/11, 11/9, 11/7, 11/7
[7] Miguel Rodriguez (Col)
[Q] Mazen Hesham (Egy)
11/7, 11/7, 11/6 (44m)
[8] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
[8] Mathieu Castagnet
7/11, 11/9, 11/1, 12/10 (71m)
[2] Mohamed Elshorbagy
   [Q] Ceasr Salazar (Mex)
 11/9, 11/9, 8/11, 12/10 (44m)
 [2] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy)

 Thu 20th - SEMI-FINALS :

[4] Ramy Ashour (Egy) 
[1] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
17/15, 11/7, 11/5 (57m)

Ramy Ashour beat top seed Gregory Gaultier in straight games in the first match of the evening to reach the World final for a fourth time.
Ashour took an astonishing 35-minute first game 17-15, then proceeded to dominate the next two games with Gaultier, seemingly resigned to defeat, tinning the last few points as the partisan crowd erupted.
"In that first game I thought it was going to end," was a relieved Ashour's immediate response to victory.

Wed 19th - Quarter-Finals :

[1] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)


Cameron Pilley (Aus)

11/3, 11/4, 11/5 (41m)


Ever day is a mission, I was well prepared today, I knew that he played very well this week, he had created a few upsets. He did a great tournament, and even if he doesn’t win today, it’s his first quarters of the Worlds, and I would like to congratulate him.
I have the feeling this week that every day, some extra is coming to my game. I am trying to only enjoy the moment, and not to put any extra pressure on myself. The lower ranked players have nothing to fear, nothing to lose, move freely, whereas the top guys, we are playing with fear on our shoulders. So I’m happy to get through today, and I enjoyed my match.
I have a wonderful team here with me, plus a few friends from my hometown surprised me yesterday, and I didn’t know they were coming. So I’m certainly going to try and not disappoint them and will give more than 100% for sure.

Greg the best he’s been so far
Greg is a bit like our French Wines. He gets better as the time passes by. When you compare his performance in the first round against Andrew to this one, he doesn’t look like the same player at all. 
Tonight, his squash display was so clinical, that when he made a tin at 9/1, I smile “he’s human”. And somebody behind said “Computer error.. bzzz”. 
And that’s what Greg’s performance was like tonight. Clinical. Computer like. Metronome like. He was in the rhythm we know and love, and just dominated/controlled the rallies like he hasn’t done it before during those Champs.
Like he said, Cameron tried his best, but forced it. Four unforced errors in each game, and at crucial times, as you would. When under tremendous pressure from the Computerised Master! On the other hand, Greg made 4 the whole match.
 Immaculate display for the number 1 seed. Is this year finally going to be the year ?

Tue 18th, Day SIX :

[1] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
[9] Omar Mosaad (Egy)

10/12, 11/5, 11/9, 11/9 (66m)

He is so big anybody would be afraid of him! If I was that big, I wouldn’t be afraid of anybody….
His forehand is amazing, and today, I lost a bit of accuracy, but at least I was moving well. 
That kind of match will actually help me for my next match, it puts a bit of fighting spirit in me, and I needed that.
I may be a bit stiff tomorrow, but I have a great team around me, and I’ve worked so hard to get through those matches, and the wins get you some adrenalin and make you forget the pain.

Sun 16th Nov -  Day FOUR :

[1] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
 11/4, 11/7, 11/3 (31m)

Greg on the Dot
 The longest Greg stayed on court with Wan was 31m. Same time today…. I think Greg wanted to make a point today, to his detractors, but to himself as well.
 The Malaysian played a good attacking game, kept his errors rate down – which can be his weakness. 
 But the Frenchman was just on the war path today, first game 9m, second the longest, 11, and third, 9 again.
 If two day ago Greg had no length and looked flat as a Chandeleur Crêpe, today, he had a plan: stick his opponent to the back, twist and turn him, and kill him at the front. 
 He managed to do that perfectly in the first and third game. 
 In the second, Wan managed to play some exquisite drop shots that surprised Greg more than once. Excellent game that was.
 Greg has “put the clock right back on the right time”, as we say in French. The first big test will be against the Hammer of Thor in two days…

Fri 14th Nov - Round One Top :

[1] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
[Q] Andrew Wagih (Egy)

6/11, 9/11, 11/6, 11/7, 11/3 (57m)

A Gooood scare for Greg
 The French Camp didn’t worry too much after the loss of the first game, started to get truly thinking hard after the loss of the second, but was in a panic state as the former number 1 went down 3/0 in the 3rd!
 I guess that Greg thought the same way, and he scored 7 points in a row at that point, and never let the Egyptian truly hope he’ll take another game.
 Yes, Greg was not at his top tonight, to say the least. But 50% of it is due to Andrew’s stunning performance. I never saw the Egyptian play at that level, he was accurate, his length / Width was perfect, his drop shots, my Lord what a lethal weapon tonight!
 It all went wrong for him when at 2/0 up, 3/0 he started thinking that he was about to play the next round of the World Champs. And I told the boys, DON’T THINK. Do they listen???
 Greg will have had a good wake up call. As he said, better have it now in the first round than in the final…