Finals Day – repeat titles for Gaultier and Massaro

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Delaware Investments U.S. Open – Finals

[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) d [8] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)  11-6, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7 (68m)

[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) d [6] Omar Mosaad (EGY)  11-6, 11-3, 11-5 (38m)

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It’s two for Massaro

SH5261Laura Massaro claimed her second U.S. Open title as she came from two-one down to beat Nour El Tayeb in a thrilling women’s final at Drexel.

The Englishwoman, champion here in 2011, got off to a great start, leading 7-2 with her young Egyptian opponent, playing in her first World Series final, struggling to get into the game.

SH5268Tayeb started to get to grips with the occasion and pulled back to 6-8, but Massaro reasserted to take the opening game 11-6.

Tayeb was well and truly into the match now though, and took the next two games , edging ahead at the end of a close second 11-9 and dominating the third 11-6.

SH5262Massaro, as determined as ever, kept just ahead in the fourth to level the match 11-8, then got off to a good start in the decider, taking a quick 6-1 lead.

Tayeb fought back but, as in the opening game, the gap was too much with Massaro puling ahead again from 6-4 to 9-4, and reaching championship balls at 10-6 with a drive that died at the back.

SH5299Tayeb saved one , but at the end of a final long rally, Massaro drove the ball deep, beyond the Egyptian’s desperate lunge.

She and her team knew she’d won but had to wait for the video referee to confirm her as a second time U.S. Open champion.

SH5277“It feels great to win this title again, although it would be nice to be know as something other than the queen of the comeback!

“I have a deep down belief that I can come back from anywhere, and I needed to do it again today when Nour went 2-1 up.”

SH5269“Winning this title feels extra special to me because of the break that I had from the sport earlier this year and going 18 months without a title before winning in Macau a few weeks ago.

To win two tournaments in a month, and a major title such as the US Open, means a lot and I’m really proud with what I’ve achieved.”

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Greg makes it three

Gregory 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.

SH5272Defeating 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.

SH5271Gaultier 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.”

SH5280On 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.

SH5281“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.

SH5282“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.

SH5278“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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Quick Finals Preview

SH5242First up is the Women’s Final. Laura Massaro is no stranger to these days, having won the title in 2011 and finished runner-up in 2013. For Nour El Tayeb this is a new experience. In the head to heads it’s two apiece, but the young Egyptian has been the victor in the last two meetings, both in 2014.

SH5244Gregory Gaultier is a two-time U.S. Open Champion—2006 and 2013—and this will be his fourth final. For Omar Mosaad it’s a new experience and, having broken a long losing streak against Nick Matthew last night, he’ll need to do it again as he starts 0-6 down in the pair’s previous matches.

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