US Open 2012

Published on Thursday, October 4, 2012
 

Round OneRound TwoQuartersSemisFinal
[1] James WILLSTROP (Eng) 
11-4, 11-3, 7-11, 11-9 (80m)
Alister WALKER (Bot)
[1] James WILLSTROP (Eng)

9-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-5 (81m)

Daryl SELBY (Eng)
[1] James WILLSTROP (Eng)

11-6, 7-11, 12-10 , 8-11, 11-5 (90m)

[8] Mohmaed EL SHORBAGY (Egy)
[1] James WILLSTROP (Eng)


11-7, 11-2, 11-8(53m)


[3] Grégory GAULTIER (Fra)

[3] Grégory GAULTIER (Fra)





11-4, 11-9, 11-9 (43m)



[4] Ramy ASHOUR (Egy)
Daryl SELBY (Eng) 
11-15, 11-9, 12-10(21m) 
[Q] Omar ABDEL AZIZ (Egy)
Cameron PILLEY (Aus) 
11-0, 11-5, 11-5 (30m) 
[Q] Stephen COPPINGER (Rsa)
Cameron PILLEY (Aus) 

10-12, 11-8, 12-10, 10-12, 11-4 (92m)
[8] Mohamed EL SHORBAGY (Egy)
Simon ROSNER (Ger) 
11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7 (68m)
[8] Mohamed EL SHORBAGY (Egy)
[5] Karim DARWISH (Egy) 
13-11, 11-2, 11-9
[Q] Max LEE (Hkg)
[5] Karim DARWISH (Egy)

11-4, 11-3, 11-8 (40 m)

Christopher GORDON (Usa)
[5] Karim DARWISH (Egy)

6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-4 (61m)

[3] Grégory GAULTIER (Fra)
Hisham ASHOUR (Egy) 
11-9, 8-11, 13-11, 5-11, 11-6 
Christopher GORDON (Usa)
Borja GOLAN (Esp) 
8-11,11-9, 11-6, 11-5
[Q] Joe LEE (Eng)
Borja GOLAN (Esp)

11-7, 11-4, 11-7 (54m)

[3] Grégory GAULTIER (Fra)
Olli TUOMINEN (Fin) 
11-1, 11-2, 11-3 
[3] Grégory GAULTIER (Fra)
[4] Ramy ASHOUR (Egy) 
11-7, 13-11, 11-9
Saurav GHOSAL (Ind)
[4] Ramy ASHOUR (Egy)

13-11, 11-7, 11-8

Tarek MOMEN (Egy)
[4] Ramy ASHOUR (Egy)

10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 13-11 (75m)

[6] Peter BARKER (Eng)
[4] Ramy ASHOUR (Egy)

15-13, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8 (74m)

[2] Nick MATTHEW (Eng)
Tarek MOMEN (Egy) 
5-11, 11-7, 10-12, 12-10, 11-6 
Nicolas MUELLER (Sui)
Tom RICHARDS (Eng) 
11-6, 11-3, 10-12, 11-6 
Ong BENG HEE (Mas)
Tom RICHARDS (Eng)

11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (51m)

[6] Peter BARKER (Eng)
[Q] Shahier RAZIK (Can) 
11-4, 11-6, 11-1
[6] Peter BARKER (Eng)
[7] Amr SHABANA (Egy) 
11-9, 11-6, 15-13
[Q] Miguel Angel RODRIGUEZ (Col)
[7] Amr SHABANA (Egy)

9-11, 11-7, 11-1, 11-5

Laurens JAN ANJEMA (Ned)
[7] Amr SHABANA (Egy)

11-6, 4-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9 (92m)

[2] Nick MATTHEW (Eng)
Laurens JAN ANJEMA (Ned) 
11-5, 11-7, 11-9 
11-5, 11-7, 11-9
Adrian GRANT (Eng) 
11-9, 8-11, 11-1, 5-11, 11-9 
[Q] Karim ABDEL GAWAD (Egy)
Adrian GRANT (Eng)

7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-9

[2] Nick MATTHEW (Eng)
Omor MOSAAD (Egy) 
7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 
[2] Nick MATTHEW (Eng)

13 octobre 2012, Semis :

[4] Ramy Ashour (Egy)
bat
[3] Grégory Gaultier (Fra) 
11-4, 11-9, 11-9 (43m)

There was a first time men’s winner too as Ramy Ashour continued his recent run of good results against Gregory Gaultier to beat the Frenchman in straight games in a match lasting two minutes less than the preceding women’s final.

For Gaultier it was almost like a role reversal from yesterday’s semifinal with James Willstrop. There, he had been in control and in the lead from the outset, yet today he was the one doing the chasing, on the court and the scoreboard.

Ashour, playing with the speed and control with which he finished his semi-final with Nick Matthew, was quickly 6-3 up in the opening game, and took it 11-4.

A 6-1 start to the second for the Egyptian, which Gaultier pegged back to 6-7 and then held it to 9-all, but Ashour found two winners to double his lead.

After an even start to the third Ashour raced away again, from 5-all to 9-5 in a flash, and although Gaultier again pulled back, on Ramy’s third match ball Greg’s volley found the tin and another new U.S. Open champion was crowned.


11 octobre 2012, Semis :

[3] Grégory GAULTIER (Fra) 
bat
[1] James Willstrop (Eng)
11-7, 11-2, 11-8 (53m)

Gaultier gallops into the final

“I felt really good right from the start,” said Gregory Gaultier after a comprehensive straight-game win over top seed and world number one James Willstrop in the first men’s semifinal. “I felt that James wasn’t quite there, a little slow … or maybe I just played too well, I don’t know,” quipped the Frenchman.

And that just about summed up the match. Gaultier was always ahead, always seemed to be in charge of the rallies, and although many of them were long, Greg seemed to be the likely winner of them most of the time.

Three consecutive 80-minute plus matches can’t have helped Willstrop’s cause, but that’s not to detract from a fine performance from Gaultier, and a well-deserved 11-7, 11-2, 11-8 win and a place in the final

“He’s been playing so well and making all the finals,” added Gaultier, “and in the end it just takes its toll on your body, I’ve been there myself.

“I analysed my matches at the British Grand Prix two weeks ago,” explained the Frenchman, who lost a 118-minute semifinal against Willstrop there, “and adjusted a few things.

“It was fantastic to win a major event like this in 2006, and I’m pleased to be back in the final, it would be great if I could win it again, I just hope the next two play for five hours!”


9 octobre 2012, quarts :

[3] Grégory GAULTIER (Fra) 
bat
[5] Karim Darwish (Egy) 

6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-4 (61m)

Greg finishes strongly

A few too many errors from third seed Gregory Gaultier, together with solid play from Karim Darwish, put the Egyptian fifth seed into the lead in the final match of the night.

The Frenchman found improved consistency from the outset of the second game and proceeded to dominate the rest of the match, showing determination when necessary as well as his renowned shotmaking skills.

Never behind in those final three games, it took a minute over the hour for him to set up a semi-final with James Willstrop, a repeat of their marvelous match in last month’s British Grand Prix.

“I struggled at the beginning,” admitted Gaultier.

“I had the wrong strategy, going to the front too soon and he dominated me. I changed my tactics completely at the start of the second, tried to push him to the back and take things on the volley as much as I could and it paid off.

“I’m happy to play James again, we had an unbelievable match in Manchester and I’m looking forward to trying to get my revenge.”


Quarterfinals preview : 
[3] Grégory Gaultier (Fra) v [5] Karim Darwish (Egy)

The only non-English or Egyptian left in the draw, new father Gregory Gaultier is displaying a calmness on court that has sometimes eluded him, particularly noticeable in last month’s dramatic British Grand Prix semi-final against Willstrop. He’s playing well too as that 15/13 in the 5th defeat indicates.

Karim Darwish’s form is more of a mystery, he’s had a longer summer rest than most as he too became a first-time father and has also had some injury problems. He’s displayed his usual ruthless efficiency in coming through to this stage though.

Both are former world number ones, Gaultier for a month in 2009, Darwish for the remainder of that year, and it was their Saudi Open final at the end of 2008 that propelled Darwish to that position.

They’ve met 20 times, starting with the British Junior Open Final in 1999 (won by Darwish, as was the World Junior final in 2000), but the Frenchman leads 12-8 and has won each of the last five.

The Frenchman won the 2006 U.S. Open but this is his first time back since 2007. Darwish is appearing for the fourth time and was forced to pull out through injury last year, when he was second seed. Reasons enough for both to want to do well this year.


8 octobre 2012, round 2 :

[3] Grégory GAULTIER (Fra) 
bat
Borja GOLAN (Esp)

11-7, 11-4, 11-7 (54m)


6 octobre 2012, round 1 :

[3] Grégory GAULTIER (Fra) 
bat
Olli TUOMINEN (Fin)

11-1, 11-2, 11-3 (24m)

It would have been hard for the next match to live up to that, and Frenchman Grégory Gaultier, the third seed, made sure it didn’t with a comprehensive 11-1, 11-2, 11-3 win over Finland’s Olli Tuominen.

One of the fans’ twitter questions was put to Greg after the match, asking what he ate after matches. “Cheeseburger and Fries,” he joked. More truthfully he was happy with his performance. “I haven’t been here for long and it took me a little while to start feeling comfortable, but I was happy enough with the way I played, especially at the front of the court, so hopefully I can improve as the tournament goes on.”








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