US Open 2013

Published on Wednesday, October 9, 2013
 
Round One
11/12 Oct.
Round Two
13 Oct.
Quarters
15/16 Oct.
Semis
17 Oct.
Final
18 Oct.
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
12-10, 15-13, 11-1 (47m)
[WC] Christopher Gordon (USA)
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
11-1, 11-4, 11-7 (29m)
Adrian Waller (ENG)
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
 
 13-11, 11-8, 11-6 (47m)
 
 Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
 
11-7, 11-4, 12-10 (46m)
 
 [4] Karim Darwish (EGY)

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

 

11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (51m)

 

[3] Nick Matthew (ENG)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian Waller (ENG)
11-8, 11-2, 11-4 (41m)
Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6 (68m) 
[Q] Shahier Razik (CAN)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8 (105m)
[7] Borja Golan (ESP)
Shawn Delierre (CAN)
11-3, 8-10 (ret)
[7] Borja Golan (ESP)
[5] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY)
11-2, 12-10, 8-11, 12-10 (58m)
Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY)
[5] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY)
11-6, 11-6, 11-6 (37m)
Alan Clyne (SCO)
[5] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY)
 
 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (47m)
 
 [4] Karim Darwish (EGY)
Alan Clyne (SCO)
8-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 (88m)
[Q] Steven Finitsis (AUS)
Gregoire Marche (FRA)
11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (39m)
[Q] Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS)
Gregoire Marche (FRA)
11-5, 11-2, 12-10 (44m)
[4] Karim Darwish (EGY)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7 (72m)
[4] Karim Darwish (EGY)
[3] Nick Matthew (ENG)
11-0, 12-10, 14-12 (52m)
[Q] Abdullah Al Mezayen (KUW)
[3] Nick Matthew (ENG)
 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (36m)
 [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL)
[3] Nick Matthew (ENG)
 
 11-5, 11-2, 8-11, 12-14, 11-6 (76m)
 
 [6] Peter Barker (ENG)
[3] Nick Matthew (ENG)
 
11-3, 11-6, 11-5 (42m)
 
 [2] James Willstrop (ENG)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
 13-11, 11-7, 13-11 (52m)
[Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL)
Joe Lee (ENG)
11-0, 11-5, 11-4 (36m)
Henrik Mustonen (FIN)
Joe Lee (ENG)
  8-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-4 (66m)
 [6] Peter Barker (ENG)
[Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
11-9, 11-5, 4-11, 11-5 (54m)
[6] Peter Barker (ENG)
[8] Tarek Momen (EGY)
6-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (51m)
 [Q] Matthew Karwalski (AUS)
[8] Tarek Momen (EGY)
 11-7, 10-12, 11-2, 11-9 (62m)
 Simon Rosner (GER)
Simon Rosner (GER)
 
 11-5, 11-2, 8-11, 11-9 (59m)
 
 [2] James Willstrop (ENG)
Julian Illingworth (USA)
11-6, 11-8, 11-4 (42m)
Simon Rosner (GER)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (57m)
 [Q] Eddie Charlton (ENG)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
 11-7, 11-9, 11-4 (35m)
 [2] James Willstrop (ENG)
Chris Simpson (ENG)
11-7, 11-2, 11-7 (42m)
[2] James Willstrop (ENG)

 


Finals Day in Philly

It's Finals Day in Philadelphia, with two champions of the PSA and WSA World Series events — offering equal prize money for the first time ever— crowned tonight in Drexel University's John A. Daskalakis Athletic Center.

 [1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

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[3] Nick Matthew (ENG)  11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (51m)

Masterclass From Greg
 
 What followed was a masterful performance from Gregory Gaultier as the French top seed added to his U.S. Open title of 2006 with a straight games win over Nick Matthew, the third seed and 2007 champion.
 
 In yesterday's semifinal with compatriot James Willstrop, Matthew was the one in charge, but tonight the boot was firmly on the other foot as Gaultier assumed early control and only on sporadic occasions could Matthew break free.
 
 Gaultier took early leads in all three games—6-1, 4-1, 5-2—and only in the second did Matthew threaten to close the gap, but Gaultier always found a way to open it up again.
 
 It was never as easy as that makes it sound of course—that second game took over 20 minutes to complete, and there were plenty of fiercely competitive rallies—but it truly was a masterclass from Gaultier - watch the video.

"It's amazing," said a delighted Gaultier. "The last time I won this was 2006 so to win it again here in this great venue is like a dream.
 
 "I gave 500% today, I tried to play fast and use a lot of variation as he's so strong in the middle of the court.
 
 "For me it's my fifth tournament in a row, Nick has only just started after five months off, so I have the matches in my legs—maybe that was the difference tonight. I'm sure he'll come back strong, maybe we can have another match in the World Open final next week!
 
 "The sponsors, the organization and the venue here are all fantastic, and they're doing great things in helping to raise the women's game too."

J'ai vraiment bien joué toute la semaine et j'ai vraiment respecté tous les paramètres que j'avais mis en place avec mon équipe.

J'étais très relâché et confiant tout le tournoi. Je tiens à remercier l'organisation, les sponsors, US squash et l'Université de Drexel.

Un grand merci à toute mon équipe, c'est a dire toutes les personnes qui travaillent à mes cotés pour me mettre au top. Un grand merci à mes partenaires d'entraînements ainsi que mes sponsors, mon club, ma fédération et ma famille pour tout leur soutien qu'ils m'apportent au quotidien.

Maintenant quelques jours à la maison avant d'attaquer les chpts du monde à manchester.




15 october - Men's Semifinals :

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 
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[4] Karim Darwish (EGY)
11-7, 11-4, 12-10 (46m)

 

Greg on Song
 
 "Greg's the man in form," said Karim Darwish after his quarterfinal win last night, and top seed Gregory Gaultier certainly showed that to be true in tonight's first men's semifinal.
 
 The top-seeded Frenchman was in control from the outset, controlling the pace, controlling his opponent's movement, slotting in crisp winners when the chance arose, and led 6-3. Darwish, although subdued compared to last night's performance, threatened a comeback but, from 7-6, Gaultier eased away again.

The second was all Gaultier, 6-0 converted to 11-4. It wasn't a rout, the rallies were contested and it still took 14 minutes, but Gaultier was the one winning them.

Darwish managed to break free of the shackles in the third—Gaultier was always ahead, but never comfortably so. Darwish appealed a let that became a stroke to level at 9-all, then saved match ball on another stroke.

The Egyptian's pickup at the front was called by the referees on the next rally, and Gaultier finished it off with a crisp volley drop.

"I stuck to my game plan and was pleased with how I played in the first two games," said Gaultier. "He played unbelievable squash to beat Shorbagy 3-0 yesterday, I was aware of that and knew I had to be focused from the start.

"In the third I went short too early, and he's better at the front than me, so it became tough and I was just lucky enough to win the points at the end.

"I'm happy to win in three and really pleased to be in another final, it's what we're all here for."


15 october - Men's Quarterfinals :

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
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Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
13-11, 11-8, 11-6 (47m)

Gaultier Wins French Affair

In the first of two 'local derbies' in the men's quarterfinals, Gregory Gaultier overcame his young compatriot Mathieu Castagnet in straight games, but it was never easy for the top seed and world No. 2.

Castagnet got off to a flyer, playing at a high pace, and he led 6-0 with Gaultier contributing a couple of careless errors. The top seed didn't look perturbed though, and he calmly worked his way back into the game , levelling at 8-all and taking the lead 9-8 with another crisp volley.

Castagnet wasn't done though, firing in a volley winner of his own, then after a stroke brought up game ball to Gaultier, the youngster took two in a row for a chance of his own. Gaultier had to push, but push he did to take the game 13-11.

Conventional wisdom would have it that the senior player would then assert himself, and to some extent Gaultier did just that, opening up to 6-2 in the second. Castagnet continued to play well though and, keeping Gaultier honest, he closed up the gap to 8-6 but still, Gaultier took it 11-8. Again in the third Gaultier always led, but never comfortably. A couple of dives from Castagnet kept the crowd entertained, but Gautlier still had enough of a grip on the match, and he closed it out 11-6 after 47 minutes.

"He started really fast and took me a bit by surprise," admitted Gaultier. "It was maybe a bit faster than he usually plays, so I knew I had to make the game tough even if I lost it. Once I got a few points, I was confident I could win the game, but I had to work hard.

"He didn't slow down at all in the second. He played just as well as he had in the first, so I had to really dig in to stay in front.

"We've played together for so long it's really hard to play in a match like this, but you just have to forget about that and find a solution to win."


13 October - Round Two :

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
11-1, 11-4, 11-7 (29m)
Adrian Waller (ENG)

 

Gaultier Goes Gangbusters  

Top-seeded Gregory Gaultier of France was a prohibitive favorite going into his second round clash with England’s Adrian Waller, and nothing about the outcome would prove that to be wrong. Waller, playing in his third U.S. Open main draw has now bowed out to the No. 1 seed in each of those events—to Ramy Ashour in 2009, Thierry Lincou in 2010 and now Gaultier.

To Waller’s credit, Gaultier has been rolling recently. Last month, Gaultier won the Abierta Mexicana de Raquetas in Toluca, Mexico, and then a week ago finished runner-up to Ramy Ashour in the NetSuite Open in San Francisco, California.

The world No. 2 pressured Waller from the start by jumping on the ball early and never giving Waller a sniff of hope. The Frenchman’s shots were too tight, too deep when hitting length, and so severely cut when going short they the ball refused to bounce. Top that off with lightning quickness, and Gaultier was never going to be denied.

 “Today I was really focused from the first point,” said Gaultier. “I really had to play fast and bring something. In the first round I wasn’t quite there mentally, so I tried to raise my pace today. It’s just motivation at the end of the day. I’ve been a month on the road and haven’t seen my family and my kid. I turned up at the junior tournament downstairs, and I was also quite impressed with the level of the juniors here.”


11 October - first round :
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [WC] Christopher Gordon (USA)
12-10, 15-13, 11-1 (47m)


Gaultier Tested by Gordon

 
It would have been expecting a lot of Chris Gordon to repeat his heroics of last year when he pulled off a mighty upset in the first round, given that this time he was up against the top seed and world No. 2.
 
 Yes, Gordon has become the U.S. No. 1 and national champion in the intervening year, but still, few would have expected him to give France's Gregory Gaultier such a tough time, for two games at least.
 
There was nothing between them throughout the first game, 5-all, 9-7 to Gordon, then Gaultier was off the court thinking he'd taken it 11-9 on a no let to Gordon, but the video overule brought him back on. Gordon levelled but Gaultier took the next two to lead 12-10.
 
 Again in the second, nothing to choose between them. Gordon led 8-7, then 10-8 but couldn't convert, and another chance went at 11-10. Gaultier squeezed home again 15-13, but dominated a rapid third game in which Gordon could muster only a single point.
 
"I was really pleased with how I played," said Gordon, "There was no pressure on me so I could just enjoy it. The third was disappointing, the ball was spongy. I knew it was spongy, and I had to get a better length, but he just got on top of me so fast."

Gaultier, winner of the Abierto Mexicano and runner-up in the Netsuite Open in recent weeks, was happy to win: "I've been away for a month now, three tournaments in a row is tough—you just need to keep the motivation to play at the right level.

"Chris has improved a lot. He's proved he's number one in America and we're good friends. I spent a lot of time with him in New York, maybe I gave him too much advice, he nearly got me in the first two games!"
 
 "I won this tournament a few years ago. Winning the U.S. Open means a lot to all of us and it's getting bigger and better every year. I'll give all I've got to try to win it again, but there are no easy matches nowadays—you have to treat every round as a final.


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