US Open 2015 - Fri 16th Oct – Finals

US Open 2015 - Fri 16th Oct – Finals

Published on Saturday, October 17, 2015

US Open 2015 - Fri 16th Oct – Finals

Fri 16th Oct – Delaware Investments U.S. Open – Finals

Grégory Gaultier (FRA) bt [6] Omar Mosaad (EGY)

11-6, 11-3, 11-5 (38m)


Greg makes it three Grégory Gaultier joined the illustrious group of Hashim Khan, Roshan Khan, Jansher Khan, and Peter Nicol having secured his third career U.S. Open title, defeating first-time world series finalist Omar Mosaad in a three-game final. Defeating defending champion and world No. 1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in the semifinals along the way boosting his bid to reclaim the world No. 1 ranking, the thirty-two-year old from Aix-an Province added to his U.S. Open titles in 2006 and 2013. As the players prepared to take to the ASB GlassCourt, SquashTV interviews with Gaultier and Mosaad rolled on the trademark four-sided big screens above the court. Gaultier spoke of his determination to reach the top stages since he was a kid, while Mosaad spoke of personal tragedy this summer having lost his sister and mother in a car accident. “I need to be strong for my father and my family,” Mosaad said. “I need to be strong not for me, but for the people that I love.” On court, it was Gaultier whose strength shone through and made the difference. The first game began with blistering pace, extended rallies, and ultimately Gaultier’s precision separating the score at 11-6. Gaultier reached another gear in the second game, firing his way to a 6-0 lead. Mosaad was never in reach, falling short through errors and Gaultier executing his shot-making to devastating effect. The third game followed suit with Mosaad remaining within reach until 4-4, when Gaultier regained control of the game and closed out the match 11-5. “It’s an amazing feeling. It’s tough to describe what’s happening now,” a grinning Gaultier said after the match. “As I said in the interview before the match, you work hard all your life since I started squash when I was four years old and I always believed in my capacity to maybe one day become the world No. 1 player. I always have a target in my life, sometimes I make it, sometimes I don’t because of course there are players out there that can be better than me.” Gaultier dropped only two games all tournament, both against Elshorbagy in the semifinals. “To play like this for ten days and have a good feel on the court, a good feel in the final, and to have a great vibe from the crowd. It’s a team effort because as you all know it’s an individual sport, but there’s a team behind me. There’s my coach, my physio, my mental coach, my family, friends, and the crowd. So all of these things make you motivated and to raise the bar whenever you’re tired.” Gaultier acknowledged Mosaad, who perhaps was still feeling the effects of his late-night semifinal victory over Nick Matthew, for the achievement of reaching his first world series final. “Omar had an amazing week. You can see today it’s hard for him to walk afterwards, he made an amazing effort and kept fighting down to the last point. So we have to appreciate this. He made it really tough for me, and stayed longer on court than me this week so all credit to him. It’s his first final of a big event so congrats to Omar.” “I’d like to thank all of the sponsors, US Squash, Gilly Lane, all my team. It has been an amazing week. This is my third title here, which is a big achievement and I’m really proud of what I did. Thanks Philadelphia, I want to see you back next year.”

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