US Open 2014

Published on Saturday, October 18, 2014

Round OneRound TwoQuartersSemisFinal

[1] Grégory Gaultier (FRA)
11/1, 11/1, 11/5 (27m)
[Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)

[1] Grégory Gaultier 
13-11, 11-5, 11-3 (42m)
Alan Clyne
[1] Grégory Gaultier

11-8, 13-11, 11-13, 11-3 (82m)

[6] Simon Rösner

 [1] Grégory Gaultier

11-6, 11-9, 11-4 (48m

[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy

[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy



[4] Amr Shabana

Adrian Grant (ENG)
11/2, 13/11, 11/7 (52m)
Alan Clyne (SCO)

Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
 11/2, 11/8, 6/11, 5/11, 11/5 (82m)
[6] Simon Rösner (GER)

[6] Simon Rösner 
11-3, 11-7, 11-8 (34m)
[Q] Leo Au

Grégoire Marche (FRA)
 11/7,11/5,11/6 (39m)
[Q] Leo Au (HKG)

[5] Borja Golan (ESP)
8/11, 12/10, 8/11, 11/7, 11/9 (91m)
Adrian Waller (ENG)
Adrian Waller 
  11-6, 11-4 , 7-11, 11-9 (57m)
 Mazen Hesham
Adrian Waller

18-16, 11-8, 11-9 (51m)

[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy

Mazen Hesham (EGY)
6/11, 11/8, 11/5, 7/11, 11/9 (77m)
[Q] Lucas Serme (FRA)
Cameron Pilley (AUS)
11/9, 11/9, 11/4 (69m) 
[Q] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
Cameron Pilley
15-13, 11-9, 11-6 (54m)
[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy
[Q] Greg Lobban (SCO)
11/2, 11/7, 11/7 (34m)
[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)
 [Q] Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (36m)
[4] Amr Shabana (Egy)
[4] Amr Shabana 
12-10, 13-15, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8 (78m)
Max Lee
[4] Amr Shabana

11-3, 11-8, 11-8 (36m)

[7] Omar Mosaad

[4] Amr Shabana

11-5, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7 (63m)

 [2] Nick Matthew

Max Lee (Hkg)
11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (40m) 
 Joe Lee (Eng)
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
6-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-7, 11-9 (95m)
 Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
Nicolas Mueller 
 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (42m)
[7] Omar Mosaad
[wc] Chris Gordon (Usa)
 12-10, 11-7, 11-4 (35m)
 [7] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
Fares Dessouki (Egy)
 11-8, 4-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-7
(88m)[8] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
Fares Dessouki 
6-11, 4-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9 (87m)
Karim Abdel Gawad
Fares Dessouki

11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (36m)

 [2] Nick Matthew

Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 (58m)
Alister Walker (Bot)
[Q] Shaun le Roux (Rsa)
11-3, 11-2, 11-5 (30m)
Chris Simpson (Eng)
Chris Simpson 
11-6, 11-6, 11-9 (50m)
[2] Nick Matthew
[Q] Eddie Charlton (Eng)
11-3, 11-5, 11-5 (40m)
[2] Nick Matthew (Eng)


Fri 17th Oct, Day NINE - Semifinals

 [3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)
 [1] Grégory Gaultier
 11-6, 11-9, 11-4 (48m)

Elshorbagy Shuts Out Gaultier
The first men’s semifinal saw another young Egyptian take out a higher seed to progress to a first U.S. Open final. This time it was Mohamed Elshobagy, deposing defending champion and top seed Grégory Gaultier in three straight games.

It was a repeat of their Hong Kong Open final a few weeks ago, but tonight was no five-game seesaw match. Tonight Shorbagy took a grip on the match from the middle of the first game and Gaultier simply couldn’t prize Shorbagy’s racquet from his oft-declared goal of winning this tournament to become world number one.

The Frenchman led 4-3 in an attritional opening game, but Shorbagy controlled the second half, taking the lead 11-4 after sixteen minutes. The second game took sixteen minutes too, Shorbagy this time recovering from a 0-3 start to lead 10-7. Gaultier stuck in and forced two errors from his opponent, but when Shorbagy fired in a short winner to take the game 11-9, the writing was on the wall.

The end came quickly, Gaultier making more than a handful of unforced errors as Shorbagy raced through the third game 11-4 in eight minutes.
 “I’m very happy with how I played and with my performance today, I couldn’t have imagined that the match would be over in three games; Greg and I usually have long tough battles.
 “I’ll be fresh for the final now, and I’ll be going for it for sure. In a few tournaments I’ve had really tough quarters or semis and had nothing left, but I came here this week not to have one hard match, but to win it.

“I’ve had great support—when I knew had a chance of becoming world number one I called my mother and told her I needed her here with me. I hope I can win the title and the world number one position with her help.”

Wed 15th Oct, Day SEVEN—Quarterfinals, Top Half

[1] Grégory Gaultier (FRA)

[6] Simon Rösner (GER)
11-8, 13-11,  11-13, 11-3 (82m)

Greg holds off Rösner charge
“Simon did everything to win today,” said a relieved Gregory Gaultier (left) after the defending champion had beaten Rösner in a gruelling four game battle to reach the semifinals.
And didn’t he just. For three games there was nothing, absolutely nothing to choose between them. Gaultier did take a 4-1 lead in the first, but thereafter Rösner kept pace with the scoreboard, Gaultier maintaining a cushion to take the game 11-8.
That game took twenty-three minutes, and the timing of the next two, at twenty-five and twenty-two minutes, tell you what you need to know about the intensity of the match—the sheer brutality of some of the rallies.

When Gaultier reached 10-8 in the second, that was the biggest lead he had held, but Rösner dug in to take three points in a row to earn game ball himself. The German got himself a bit excited, trying to fire in powerful winners, only to see Gaultier retrieve them, and then save it with a lucky winner of his own. Rösner missed a good chance on the next rally, then had to escape from his own loose shoot, leaving the Frenchman an easy put away for 13-11 and a two game lead.
Skip to 9-all in the third, and Rösner and had another chance as Gaultier tinned. It would take him three game balls to finally force an error out of Gaultier, and after well over an hour we were at 2-1.

Whether the loss of the game spurred Gaultier on, or whether the effort took its toll on Rösner—probably a little of both—but the Frenchman took the sting out of the fourth game, controlled the rallies and quickly established an 8-1 lead with Rösner showing little sign of being able to make a comeback.
After just eleven minutes the match was Gaultier’s 11-3, but both had won the hearts of the Philadelphia crowd.
 “That was really tough for three games,” admitted Gaultier. “I thought I played well for most of the match, but he played really well too. Taking the second was crucial.
"He did well to save the game balls, and I was a bit lucky to save one of his! When it gets close at the end of games you try to keep it simple, calm it down and wait for a chance.
 “Simon played so well, he’ll break into the top ten soon. I was the unlucky one who had to get him in the quarters, but I’ll take matches like that to keep me focussed for the rest of the tournament."

Mon 13th, Day FIVE - Round Two, Top Half

Grégory Gaultier (FRA)
Alan Clyne (SCO) 
13-11, 11-5, 11-3 (42m)

Gaultier Wakes Up to Advance to Quarterfinals 

 In a Twitter contest where participants needed to guess the first game score between Gregory Gaultier and Alan Clyne, with a Gaultier-autographed bag on the line, no one guessed that the Scottish world No. 38 would stretch the French world no. 1 to 13-11 as he did. The Scot piled on the pressure, forcing long rallies and responding to Gaultier with precise placement and acrobatic retrieval of his own. Gaultier pulled away from 11-all to win the game, however, and elevated his game for the rest of the match.
 Clyne clung on until down 5-7 in the second game, when Gaultier escaped with four straight points to earn a 2-0 advantage. The defending champion then broke out some lethal shot-making in the third to close the match 11-3.

“It was tough today,” Gaultier admitted. “Playing the last match is tough sometimes; you wait the whole day and can fall asleep. He did a great job and put me under so much pressure in the first game, so I really had to wake up and push. After I was 2-0 up, I played a more fluid game and went for my shots. At the beginning I was just passive and then I was controlling the game. I’m happy with winning and did the job I needed to do. I’m happy the day is over.”
Gaultier will play German world No. 13 Simon Rösner in the quarterfinals.

 “Simon is a great player. He’s been trying to break into the top ten, and he got some chances the past few months but didn’t manage to do it. But he’s going to do it soon I think. It’s going to be a great match, we always have tough game—I’m looking forward to it.”

Sat 11 Oct. First round :

[1] Grégory Gaultier (FRA)
[Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)

11/1, 11/1, 11/5 (27m)

The top seed and defending champion had an even better start, taking the first two games 11-1, 11-1 against Mohamed Abouelghar, the young Egyptian struggling to get a foothold in the match and looking dispirited at the end of the second.

He raised his game in the third, making Gaultier work harder, but from 5-all the Frenchman pulled away to complete a comfortable win 11-5.

“All these Egyptians are so talented,” said Gaultier. “He moved me around the court, and I was quite happy with how I played and how I was striking the ball. I prefer early matches like that to get me active for the rest of the tournament.”