Squash: Fresh legs prove crucial for Gaultier in final – Willstrop

Gregory Gaultier.
Gregory Gaultier.
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France and Germany number ones, Gregory Gaultier and Simon Rosner, contested the Grasshopper Cup final in Zurich on Sunday.

Rosner ground his way to a bruising victory in 95 minutes against Omar Mosaad from Egypt in the semis while Gaultier dealt economically with Miguel Angel Rodriguez in a three-game, 51 minute match that him fresher legs for the final.

At this time of year, putting matches away in under an hour can be vitally important, and it showed in the final.

The Frenchman had energy in the tank that Rosner was probably lacking.

And with such a considerable background in major finals he came out a strong winner of the title in three straight games and 43 minutes of play.

Amanda Sobhy, from the USA, won the Texas Open in Dallas the week before last against a strong field of players including Rachael and Natalie Grinham, Jenny Duncalf and Emma Beddoes.

Sobhy beat Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb in the final to secure the biggest win of her career so far.

We now look to the European Team Championships for England at the end of the month for men and women, to be held in Denmark.

Preceding this is the most prestigious and recognised tournament on the world calendar after the world championships, the British Open, which is staged here in Yorkshire at the Airco Arena in Hull from May 11-17.

It is a big opportunity to see the world’s best squash players competing for one of the biggest prizes in squash, in Yorkshire.

Dr Assem Allam has been the name behind this event for four years now and we are excited to be competing in his hometown for the third year in a row.

For tickets and information visit allambritishopensquash.com