Nick Matthew Beats Gregory Gaultier To Reach Davenport North American Final

Nick Matthew Beats Gregory Gaultier To Reach Davenport North American Final
Nick Matthew Beats Gregory Gaultier To Reach Davenport North American Final
Nick Matthew beat Gregory Gaultier 11-6 11-3 8-11 11-7 to reach the final of the Davenport North American Squash Open the PSA World Series event being held at the Westwood Club in Richmond, Virginia.
 
Matthew surged ahead from 4-4 in the first game to win it 11-6, and was even more devastating as he advanced from 4-3 to 11-3 in a second game lasting just eight minutes.
 
The drama began to unfold in the third game as Gaultier fought back from 5-2 down to dominate a large phase of the match. He moved 9-6 ahead and successfully repelled Matthew’s late challenge.
 
After a cautious start to the fourth game, the 32-year-old number two seed from England won five points in a row from 4-4 to put himself within touching distance of a place in the final.
 
After another flurry of points from Gaultier, a delighted Matthew clinched victory.
 
He said: “I have lost to Greg a couple of times recently so it was good to get the win. Greg had started well against me last time we played and won the first game 11-3 in the final of the Swedish Open so I was determined to make a good start myself.
 
“From 5-2 up in the third Greg suddenly turned it on and I was glad to get back on top in the fourth, and especially pleased to hit some Ramy shots at the end.
 
“I’m looking forward to the final because we’ve played each other plenty of times here over the years. It’s an interesting contrast in styles and should be a great match.”
 
Once again the Richmond crowd gave both players a standing ovation.
 
Matthew will play Ramy Ashour in the final and with the top two seeds in such excellent form, the match promises to be a classic.
 
PSA World Series Davenport North American Open, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Semi-Finals:
[1] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [3] James Willstrop (ENG) 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8 (54m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [4] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 11-6, 11-3, 8-11, 11-7 (63m)
 
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