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2013 U.S.Open in Philly


SH835-175x175Greg and Nicol take the U.S. Open titles in Philly!

The finals on Friday night saw some great squash with a really exciting 3-2 in the W.S.A. women’s event and a master class in the P.S.A. men’s event.

http://www.usopensquash.com says:

What a women’s final to mark the first ever World series event to offer equal prize money for the women and the men!

It was a meeting of the world No. 1 and world No. 2 and Nicol David retained her U.S. Open title with a thrilling five-game victory over Laura Massaro—eighty-four minutes of captivating play that could have been choreographed to say to to the men’s finalists “follow that if you can!”

What followed was a masterful performance from Gregory Gaultier as the French top seed added to his U.S. Open title of 2006 with a straight games win over Nick Matthew, the third seed and 2007 champion.

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Picture left shows Harrow’s James Simpson take on the Number 2 seed James Wilstrop in the 1st round.

To see the men’s U.S. Open Draw click here

To see the women’s U.S. Open draw click here

 

Semi Final action last night in the U.S. Open and the women’s draw saw some great match ups in this $115,000 Platinum W.S.A. Tournament.

Malaysia are dominant in the women’s game as the tournament semi-finals featured Nicol David and Low Wee Wern. And although Nicol (the World No.1) was ruthless in winning her semi-final 3-0 (against up an coming New Zealander Joelle King) Low Wee Wern had the match of the night against England’s Laura Massaro with a 5 game epic that lasted an hour and a half. Low wee Wern was 2-1 down, but leveled things up at 2-2. However Laura Massaro wanted to prove why she is World No.2 and she managed to do exactly this by winning the final game 11-7 in a grueling 86 minute match.

In the men’s semi-finals things were much more straightforward with both matches being won 3-0. Greg Gaultier beat and inform Karim Darwish in the top half and Nick Matthew extended his winning streak against James Willstrop to 15 matches by winning his semi-final in the bottom half of the draw.

So Nicol v Laura and Greg v Nick in the finals – should be a couple of crackers!

 

 

Quarter Final Report – Last night saw the $115,000 Men’s U.S. Open quarter-finals in Philadelphia and the top 4 seeds have powered their way through to tonight’s semi-finals.

And without Ramy Ashour in the draw it looks wide open for any of the remaining players to pick up the top prize and more importantly the PSA ranking points. The top half of the draw sees Number 1 seed Greg Gaultier take on Karim Darwish. Karim had the hardest of the quarter finals on paper, as he beat Mohamed El Shorbagy the No.5 seed – however he dispatched his fellow Egyptian 3-0 (and in the previous round Mohamed El Shorbagy was the man who beat Alan Clyne 3-0).

The bottom half of the draw sees an all English match up as Nick Matthew (No.3 seed) plays James Willstrop (No.2 seed) in what will undoubtedly be the semi-final to watch, as James is ranked above Nick. However the form shows that Nick Matthew has the game to beat James – have a look at the head to head stats by clicking here

Other US Open News – Good to see ex Scottish Internationalist and former World No.1 John White go for it in the qualifiers! And also great to see fellow Scott, Jamie Macaulay, also in the mix – tough draw for both of them though (see the draw by clicking here).

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