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Squash: Ashour gives Egypt first British Open title since 1966

The world number one beats Frenchman Gregory Gaultier to give Egypt its first British Open title in 47 years

Hatem Maher, Sunday 26 May 2013
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Ashour celebrates beating Frenchman Gregory Gaultier in the British Open final (photo: tournament official website)
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Egypt's Ramy Ashour handed Egypt its first British Open title since 1966 after beating Frenchman  Gregory Gaultier 3-1 in the final on Sunday.

Gaultier, a former British Open winner, had the upper hand in the first game, winning 11-7 but Ashour stormed back to take the next three games with 11-4, 11-7 and 11-8 wins.
  
"There's a famous quote, the game is just a game it's what u play for that matters," Ashour, the world number one, was quoted as saying by the tournament's official website.

"I've been preparing for eight weeks for this tournament, I've had lots of hard times over the last two weeks I'm really proud of myself for what I've achieved.

"Winning this prestigious title is one of the happiest moments of my life, if not the happiest."

Ashour, who is arguably the world's greatest squash player, won his second world title and regained the number one spot last year.

"I've experienced waking up in the morning every day with such a heavy heart and a heavy spirit, to train as hard as I can with lots of issues in my mind.  These kind of moments teach you a lot and I've learnt a lot," Ashour added.

The British Open, also known as Allam Open, is named after Egyptian-born businessman Assem Allam, who is the sponsor of the tournament.

Allam is also the owner of English football club Hull City, which sealed promotion to the elite Premier League this season.

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Sami Pierre
27-05-2013 12:06pm
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Why don't Egyptian tycoons overseas invest in Egypt?
Congratulations Ramy Ashour on winning the British Open Squash tournament for Egypt. I also would have liked to see an Egyptian female player win the women's title, and not only that, isn't it time for an Egyptian female to be Squash's World No. 1? As for Mr. Assem Allam, I just don't understand why would anyone spend so much money on an English Premier League team when we have so much talent in Egypt that needs financial support to flourish. I think it's time for Egypt's tycoons overseas to think about investing in their own country.
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Ahmed M Ibrahim
27-05-2013 10:46am
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Impressive performance
Hearty congratulations. Egypt should be proud of you.
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