Squash: Egypt's Elshorbagy faces Gaultier in British Open final

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 17 May 2015

World number one Mohamed Elshorbagy praises English fans, hopes they will be on his side, Gaultier seeks revenge

Mohamed Elshorbagy vs Nick Matthew
Mohamed Elshorbagy (L) and Nick Matthew (Photo: Courtesy of Allam British Open Squash Championships official website)

World number one Mohamed Elshorbagy of Egypt will face Frenchman Gregory Gaultier in squash's British Open final on Sunday.

The 24-year-old booked his place in the final after beating world number two Nick Matthew of England in the semi-final on Saturday.

"It’s my first final in the British Open, my own coach, Jonah Barrington, has won it six times, and I’m going to do my best to put my name on it, just once, that’s all I’m asking," Elshorbagy said after the semifinals win over Matthew.

"I am so happy I’m going to be able to play in front of that great English crowd," he added.

"This country has been incredibly good to me, I moved here from Egypt when I was 14 years old, and they offered me a grant to study in Millfield for 3 years, then in Bristol Uni for another 6 years.

"I am so grateful to this country, and hopefully, the crowd will be on my side," the Egyptian squash star concluded.

Gaultier seeks revenge

Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, world number three, reached the final after beating Miguel Rodriguez of Colombia also on Saturday.

“Delighted to be in the final once again, this is my favourite tournament, you know, when you are a kid and you are dreaming of winning a trophy, that was the one for me. I won it twice, but I’m still hungry to take it home," Gaultier said after the semifinal.

"The [other] finalist, Mohamed, he is the world number one, he took my number one spot last year. He is a fantastic player, he is playing very well, I’m happy for him and he is a good friend too,” he added.

"But the final, it’s match time, and he beat me the last times we played, so I would love to take my revenge," Gaultier added.

"I’m going to give my 200 percent to try and lift that trophy once again, and finish the season, which hasn’t been that great for me, on a positive note," the Frenchman concluded.

The British Open, also known as the Allam Open, is named after Egyptian-born businessman Assem Allam, who is sponsoring the tournament as well as owning English Premier League football club Hull City.

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