Amazing Massaro is the first British Open Winner since Lisa Opie in 1991
Laura beat Nicol David 3-1 in the 2103 British Open Final
Preston-based world number two Laura Massaro defied the odds to beat favourite Malaysian Nicol David 3-1 (11/4, 3/11, 12/10, 11/7) in the most tensely contested match of the tournament.
It wasn’t plain sailing for the world number one who was troubled by Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, a previous British Open champion himself who called on that experience, but couldn’t beat Ashour who won 3-1
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The top 2 seeds in the Men’s Draw are Ramy Ashour (No.1) and Nick Matthew (No.2 and defending champion) – and they could meet for a showdown on Sunday. However James Willstrop (No.3), Greg Gaultier (No.4 seed) will no doubt have something to say about that!
In the Women’s Event it’s once again hard to see past Nicol David to retain her title, but the big challenge may come from Laura Massaro (seeded No.2)
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Ramy Ashour beat Nick Matthew 3-1 and Gregory Gaultier beat James Willstrop 3-0 in the semi-finals. And with tough match after tough match taking its toll on the top seeds, it showed that when you’re not 100% against this quality of opposition they can take full advantage with wonderful shot play.
The final itself was dominated by Ramy, winning his 1st US Open title in three straight games, as the Frenchman had no answer to his speed and control (11-4 11-9 11-9).
In the WISPA event Nicol David took the title from the young pretender Raneem El Weleily to win the her first US Open. In-so-doing she established a new record of titles by winning her 63rd final (beating Sarah Fitz Gerald’s previous record).