Squash: Gaultier, Massaro win Allam British Open titles

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Sunday 26 Mar 2017

Gregory Gaultier and Laura Massaro (Official website)

France's Gregory Gaultier and England's Laura Massaro won the Allam British Open titles Sunday after beating Nick Matthew and Sarah-Jane Perry respectively in the final.

World number three Gaultier defeated world number four Nick Matthew of England 3-1 in the men's final, claiming the prestigious title for the third time after previous successes in 2007 and 2014.

The victory of the 34-year-old Frenchman will see him overtake Egypt's Mohamed Elshorbagy at the summit of the World Rankings to become the oldest-ever World No.1.

“I only found out a few days ago that there were three of us who could get to number one. I wasn’t thinking about that during the week, I was focusing on playing well and executing my tactics," Gaultier was quoted as saying on the competition's website.

“I had a great week and a great feeling on the court. I was moving well, and to be number one again at my age is an amazing feeling – it’s a pure pleasure,” he added.

In an all-English final, Massaro (5) defeated Sarah-Jane Perry (8) 3-1 in the women's event.

The 2016 champions Mohamed Elshorbagy and Nour El-Sherbini of Egypt were eliminated from the semis on Saturday after losing to Nick Matthew and Massaro respectively.

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