US Open 2015 - Fri 16th Oct – Semifinals

US Open 2015 - Fri 16th Oct – Semifinals

Published on Saturday, October 17, 2015

US Open 2015 - Fri 16th Oct – Semifinals

Fri 16th Oct – Semifinals at Drexel

Gaultier and Mosaad make the final

Grégory Gaultier bt Mohamed Elshorbagy

10/12, 11/3, 5/11, 11/4, 11/4 (76m)

Greg breaks the spell, it’s a first for Mosaad When MC Gilly Lane introduced the players for the first men’s semifinal he told the crowd that Gregory Gaultier lead his head-to-head series with Mohamed Elshorbagy 9 to 5. What he failed to mention was that the Egyptian World No.1 and defending champion had won the last five. Elshorbagy made the better start and stayed ahead for the most part of a 21-minute first game. Gaultier pulled level at 8-all and then 10-all, but the top seed took it 12-10 on a French error. When Gaultier plays well, few if any can live with him, and the Frenchman played well for three of the next four games. The second was over in a flash 11-3, and it was sheer determination from Shorbagy that saw him recover from an early deficit in the third to retake lead 11-5. But it was all Gaultier from then, as he maneuvered his opponent around the court, fired in sharp winners when anything loose came his way, and almost sprinted to get the ball between points to keep the pace high. In the end the Egyptian just couldn’t subdue the Frenchman, hitting as many tins as Gaultier hit winners as he took the match 11-4, 11-4. “He beat me a few times in a row, so my turn tonight,” said a delighted Gaultier. “The last two matches were very close, my team and I analyzed what we needed to do and it worked quite well tonight. “I won this twice and lost in a final, I like it here and I seem to play well. I’m still pretty fresh so I hope to play well in the final.”