World Open Squash 2011

Published on Friday, October 28, 2011

World Open Squash 2011 - Du 28 octobre au 6 novembre, Rotterdam, Pays-Bas

World Open Squash 2011

Round One
30/31 Oct
Round Two
01 Nov
Round Three
02/03 Nov
04 Nov
05 Nov
06 Nov
[1] Nick Matthew (Eng)
11/8, 11/1, 11/3 (35m)
[Q] Stephane Galifi (Ita)
[1] Nick Matthew
 11/4, 11/9, 11/4 (47m)
Tarek Momen
[1] Nick Matthew

8/11, 11/5, 11/9, 5/11, 11/1

[9] Mohamed El Shorbagy

[1] Nick Matthew


6/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/5 (71m)


[7] Peter Barker

[1] Nick Matthew


11/9, 11/9, 11/1 (53m)


[3] Karim Darwish

[1] Nick

6/11, 11/9, 11/6, 11/5 (92m)

[6] Grégory Gaultier

  Tom Richards (Eng)
11/9, 8/11, 11/1, 11/5 (53m)
Tarek Momen (Egy)
Simon Rosner (Ger)
12/10, 11/6, 11/3 (40m)
[Q] Clinton Leeuw (Rsa)
Simon Rosner
 12/10, 11/7, 12/10 (49m)
[9] Mohamed El Shorbagy
[9] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
12/10, 11/8, 7/11, 11/6 (36m)
 Jon Kemp (Eng)
 [16] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11/2, 11/3, 11/8 (32m)
[Q] Raphael Kandra (Ger)
 [16] Cameron Pilley
11/9, 11/3, 11/5 (46m)
 Chris Ryder
 [16] Cameron Pilley

11/7, 12/10, 11/4 (88m)

[7] Peter Barker

Olli Tuominen (Fin)
 8/11, 11/4, 11/4, 11/4 (55m)
Chris Ryder (Eng)
Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
11/1, 12/10, 11/8 (46m)
Chris Simpson (Eng)
Steve Coppinger
9/11, 11/5, 11/4, 11/8 (57m)
[7] Peter Barker
[7] Peter Barker (Eng)
11/4, 11/1, 11/4 (17m)
Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)
[8] David Palmer (Aus)
 11/7, 11/6, 6/11, 4/11, 11/8 (90m)
Alan Clyne (Sco)
[8] David Palmer
11/6, 11/13, 11/5, 11/5 (70m)
Ryan Cuskelly
[8] David Palmer

11/9, 3/11, 11/8, 6/11, 11/9 (96m)

 [10] Thierry Lincou[8] David Palmer


 11/9, 11/7, 11/1 (42m)


[3] Karim Darwish

Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
  11/5, 11/7, 11/5 (48m)
Joey Barrington (Eng)
Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11/3, 11/6, 11/4 (46m)
Stewart Boswell (Aus)
Stewart Boswell
 11/5, 8/11, 11/7, 11/7 (66m)
 [10] Thierry Lincou
 [Q] Shawn Delierre (Can)
13/11, 4/11, 11/3, 4/11, 15/13 (98m)
 [10] Thierry Lincou (Fra)
[Q] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
14/12, 12/10, 9/11, 11/9 (59m)
 [14] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
[14] Omar Mosaad
 6/11, 11/7, 11/8, 11/7 (76m)
Borja Golan
Borja Golan

11/9, 11/7, 11/1 (31m)

[3] Karim Darwish

Julian Illingworth (Usa)
11/3, 11/6, 9/11, 11/3 (59m)
Borja Golan (Esp)
Wael El Hindi (Egy)
6/11, 11/7, 11/3, 11/1 (35m)
Arturo Salazar (Mex)
Wael El Hindi 
11/9, 11/3, 11/4 (52m)
[3] Karim Darwish
[3] Karim Darwish (Egy)
11/4, 11/1, 11/2 (21m)
[Q] Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
[Q] Max Lee (Hkg)
11/8, 11/6, 11/7 (33m)
[4] James Willstrop (Eng)
[4] James Willstrop
11/1, 4/1 (13m)
Shahier Razik
[4] James Willstrop

11/8, 11/3, 11/0 (30m)

[Q] Marwan El Shorbagy

[4] James Willstrop


 11/8, 11/2, 11/13, 11/1 (59m)


[5] Amr Shabana

[4] James Willstrop


11/6, 11/8, 11/4 (64m)


[6] Grégory Gaultier

 [Q] Joe Lee (Eng)
11/5, 11/9, 6/11, 11/6 (65m)
Shahier Razik (Can)
[Q] Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy)
11/6, 11/8 (rtd) 28m)
Farhan Mehboob (Pak)
[Q] Marwan El Shorbagy
 11/8, 11/7, 4/11, 4/11, 14/12 (94m)
[11] Daryl Selby
  [Q] Adrian Waller (Eng)
 11/2, 13/11, 11/7 (48m)
[11] Daryl Selby (Eng)
[Q] Zac Alexander (Aus)
 11/6, 13/11, 11/6 (36m)
[15] Hisham Ashour (Egy)
[15] Hisham Ashour 
 11/3, 11/8, 16/14 (38m)
Martin Knight
[15] Hisham Ashour

3/11, 8/11, 11/4,11/9, 11/5 (48m)

[5] Amr ShabanaMartin Knight (Nzl)
3/11, 4/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/8 (94m)
Jan Koukal (Cze)
Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
  12/10, 11/9, 11/5 (34m)
Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak)
Karim Abdel Gawad
 5/11, 11/8, 11/5, 11/9 (50m)
[5] Amr Shabana
[Q] Eric Galvez (Mex)
11/8, 11/6, 11/6 (32m)
[5] Amr Shabana (Egy)
Dylan Bennett (Ned)
11/4, 11/3, 11/6 (29m)
[6] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
[6] Grégory Gaultier
 11/3, 11/9, 11/5 (49m)
[Q] Cesar Salazar
[6] Grégory Gaultier

8/11, 5/11, 11/5, 11/2, 11/7 (97m)

[12] Laurens Jan Anjema[6] Grégory Gaultier


11/8, 11/1, 1/0 rtd (24m)


[2] Ramy Ashour

Adrian Grant (Eng)
8/11, 11/3, 11/5, 8/11, 11/5 (68m)
[Q] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
[Q] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
11/5, 14/12 DISQ (35m)
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
Saurav Ghosal
 11/4, 9/11, 11/6, 11/5 (65m)
[12] Laurens Jan Anjema
 [Q] Grégoire Marche (Fra)
11/4, 10/12, 11/7, 13/11 (84m)
[12] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
11/3, 11/7, 3/11, 11/5 (76m)
[13] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
[13] Azlan Iskandar
10/12, 11/8, 11/7, 11/5 (68m)
 Alister Walker
Alister Walker

8/11, 3/11, 11/6, 11/9, 11/3 (69m)

[2] Ramy Ashour

Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)
11/5, 11/8, 11/8 (50m)
 Alister Walker (Bot)
Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
11/5, 11/9, 4/11, 11/3 (49m)
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
Nicolas Mueller
8/11, 9/11, 11/3, 11/8, 11/5 (60m)
[2] Ramy Ashour
[Q] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
 11/9, 14/12, 11/5 (40m)
 [2] Ramy Ashour (Egy)

6 Novembre - FINALE :

[1] Nick Matthew
[6] Grégory Gaultier

6/11, 11/9, 11/6, 11/5 (92m)

I’m leading 1/0, but at the end of the second, there are two three points at the key moment of the game where I’m extremely disappointed with the referring. It would have been a massive difference between being 1/1, and being 2/0, you can deal with the fatigue in a different way.

I’m extremely disappointed, of course, he played very well, but I’m particularly disappointed with the video refereeing. This system has been put in place to support the players and make the referring better and fairer. But today, it went the complete opposite way, we just didn’t know what was the line that the refs were following anymore, and how to react to it.

And it’s not so much a good or bad decision that was at stake here, but the consistency. Refs can take a bad decision, that happens, but then, they’ve got to stick to that line. In this case, I feel they didn’t.

But I cannot stress enough how great Nick played, I’ve very disappointed of course, but I will get to win this tournament.

Shame, I was playing well on this tournament, shame I had to lose that way…

5 Novembre - DEMI:

[6] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)


[4] James Willstrop 

11/6, 11/8, 11/4 (64m)

I’m happy with the result, whether 3/0, 3/1, 3/2! I’m happy I’ve won!

James and I have been playing each other since we were kids, well I was that high, and he was THAT high! We had a very strong generation, James, Karim, Nick, and it’s nice to see that we are still competing today.

The first game was pretty aggressive, but normally, James is not like that, and I’m not like that either, so we both relaxed in the second, and I think the quality of squash got better then.

And at the start of the third, I really pushed and dug in to make it as hard as possible, and even when I was a few points ahead, I didn’t stop pushing, because he is so good and it would have been possible for him to come back and string a few points together. So I tried and forgot the score, and work point after point.

I feel that my game was in place today, nice length, I volleyed a lot, I was moving well, and I had to, because every time he was getting to the front, I was under a lot of pressure. Basically, I used the same tactic than for Qatar, the same dynamic, I just thought the quality of the match was better today.

When you reach the goal you determined for yourself, sometimes people get stronger, it helps them getting ever further and gives them the will to win, but in my case, it had the opposite effect. But now I have matured, I’m calmer on court I feel.

Is tomorrow a big occasion? No, it’s just another match. That’s the way I’ve been taking this tournament, one match at a time, although sometimes you can’t help yourself raising your arms in the air and see you with the trophy, but it’s only a flash and it passes quickly.

Nick has got an advantage as he won it last year, whereas I went twice in the final, but never won it. So, I wish myself a lot of luck for tomorrow !

Richard Eaton : Gregory earns chance number three

05-Nov, Semi-Finals:
Gregory earns chance number three
Richard Eaton

Gregory Gaultier, the former world number one from France, earned another chance of achieving his life’s ambition when he reached the World Open final for the third time.

The 28-year-old from Aix-en-Provence beat James Willstrop, last year’s World Open runner-up from England, by 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 with a semi-final performance which suggested he may be playing well enough to atone for losses in two previous finals.

Gaultier was relaxed and confident, his movement was superb, and he avoided the clusters of errors which occasionally disfigure his exceptional talent.

Only when Willstrop led 6-2 early on did it seem that the Englishman’s long reach and excellent racket skills would cause trouble. There was also a brief spell in the middle of the second when Willstrop fought hard to get back on terms, but thereafter it was steady progress for Gaultier.

“It was a bit of a fight in the first game and then we both relaxed, because I don’t think we want to be aggressive on court – it’s just a better game,” Gaultier said.

“He’s not like that and I don’t think I’m like that,” he added rather mysteriously, perhaps a reference to suggestions that a bit of sledging had passed between the two of them.

Asked about his chances of atoning for the five match points which got away against David Palmer in the 2006 final in Giza, and the straight games loss to Amr Shabana in the following year’s final, Gaultier offered reasons for being hopeful.

“I am quite mature now, even if I am 28,” he claimed. “Is this how old you were when you were world champion?” he asked his interviewer Vanessa Atkinson, the women’s World Open winner in 2004.

“At 26, 27, 28, everything comes together,” Gaultier went on. “With me, mentally was how it happened. I worked with people, and I have managed to stay more calm on court.

“But of course I talk a lot on court, and this is my character – you are not going to change someone like this.”

The first sign that Gaultier was getting on top came with a sequence in which he played a forehand volley kill, a forehand cut-off volley winner, and then a forehand cross court length winner, to advance to a 7-5 lead.

Despite a brief altercation with the referee at the end of that first game, he was soon motoring to leads of 3-0 and 7-3 in the second game, sometimes making Willstrop twist and turn uncomfortably.

Once Willstrop lost his racket and fell heavily and on another occasion both men fell and ended sitting on the court, looking at each other, eventually grinning.

After that Willstrop’s challenge began to fade, and when Gaultier clinched the second game with a drop shot to a treacherously clinging line, his progress to victory accelerated the third.

Gaultier now plays Nick Matthew, the first Englishman ever to win the World Open title. Matthew moved to within one win of retaining it when he overcame Karim Darwish, a member of Egypt’s world title winning team, by 11-9, 11-9, 11-1.

“I had a little bit of luck to win the first two games narrowly like that,” said the Yorkshireman who combined a supremely disciplined performance with the courage to go for openings when he had carved them out. “I feel like I have done half the job, but now feel I will go into the final in decent shape.”

Gaultier said of his showdown with Matthew: “I wish him luck – but I wish myself more luck,” and then claimed: “I made two finals before, but I have been taking it one match at a time this week and didn’t think about the title at all.”

Then Gaultier paused, thought, and changed his mind: ”Sometimes I see myself like that,” he admitted, gesturing as if to hold up the trophy.

Richard Eaton

4 Novembre - QUARTS :

[6] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)


[2] Ramy Ashour (Egy) 

11/8, 11/1, 1/0 rtd (24m)

The final match promised much, and for the first game it delivered as Ramy Ashour and Grégory Gaultier fought out a typically high-paced encounter with spectacular shots, retrieving, and the crowd at the Luxor Theatre were loving it.

At 8-all in the third Gaultier took three in a row, and the fact that the Egyptian, who had twice come from two games down looking far from fully fit, failed to chase the final ball sounded an ominous warning.

The Frenchman dominated the second, Ashour competing half-heartedly, and after a couple of rallied in the third Ramy bent down on his knees, cried out in pain and frustration, and offered his hand to Greg.

A sad end to quarter-finals day, and everyone wishes Ramy well, not least his opponent of tonight who knows all about injury problems and looked as distraught at proceedings as everyone else.

3 Novembre - troisième tour :
[6] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
[12] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
8/11, 5/11, 11/5, 11/2, 11/7

I was a bit too passive at the start, I was not seeing the ball that well, and I was just playing mindless length, length, and he took the ascendant, he shined… So at 2/0, Mathieu told me, two choice, or you don’t do anything and you go home, or you hurt, dig in, and no matter the result, you try and leave everything you can on there. And that’s what I did. I dug in, went through the pain barrier, I was more aggressive, and it help me to relax and let go… The momentum changed…

There were a lot of conditions to handle, the crowd, etc, he played and took his chances, that’s the best he played against me I feel.

I’m sorry for the crowd, I wish I could have play somebody who would not have put my body through so much damage! I don’t mind that the crowd cheer for the other one, we are used to it, but what’s important is that the crowd comes, and cheers for squash! And I hope they’ll come back tomorrow and cheer for me!!!!

What’s important is the win, now, a good recovery time, resting, and tomorrow, I’ll be ready…

1er Novembre - deuxième tour :

[6] Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
[Q] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
11/3, 11/9, 11/5 (49m)

He was bound to be tired from his game yesterday against Adrian, so I made sure that the first game was really long, with hard long rallies. He plays a lot at the front and counterattacks really well, so I really had to take it to him.

In the second, I was up 6/2 and he came back right in, I had to make sure I was going back to basics, tight drives and patience….

In the third, I speeded up the pace and I could see that he was starting to really suffer physically, so I kept pushing but with a very low percentage game I didn’t want to reiterate the previous game errors.

Still, he must be happy with his tournament, he qualified, and then went pretty far in the tournament, he must be very proud.

Dans le premier jeu, Greg est en contrôle. Il trouve des longueurs parfaites qui empêche le mexicain de jouer à l'avant.

Dans le second jeu Greg met moins de rythme et ses longueurs sont moins profondes que dans le premier jeu. Il commet en outre 5 fautes directes, ce qui permet à Salazar de recoller au score pour revenir à 9/9. Greg l'emportera tout de même 11/9, sans avoir utilisé son amorti de coup droit en dépit d'ouvertures franches.

Dans le troisième jeu, Greg remet plus de rythme et retrouve sa longueur de balle. Il utilise maintenant toute sa palette de coups et Salazar peine physiquement pour finir le jeu au bord des crampes.

31 octobre 2011 - Premier Tour :

[6] Grégory Gaultier
Dylan Bennett (Ned)
11/4, 11/3, 11/6 (29m)

Greg fait un match solide, en étant très relâché et prenant un plaisir apparent à jouer. Dès le début du match Greg va contrôler et le T et la cadence, jouant très profond ce qui empêche Bennett de s’installer au milieu du court.

Greg saura alterner les coups longs avec des frappes courtes et amorties qui oblige son adversaire à descendre très bas pour défendre et ce qui contribuera à lui faire mal physiquement.

Greg fait donc une entrée tranquille dans ce tournoi, ce qui est de bonne augure pour la suite.