Squash: Egypt’s Ashour wins US Open

Ahram Online, Saturday 13 Oct 2012

Ramy Ashour wins the US Open title to give Egypt its fourth successive triumph

Ramy Ashour
Egypt's Ramy Ashour (R) clinches the US Open title (Photo: tournament official website)

Egypt’s Ramy Ashour won the US Open on Friday after beating Frenchman Gregory Gaultier 3-0 in the final.

Ashour won 11-4, 11-9 and 11-9 after producing a superb display to secure a fourth successive US Open triumph for Egypt.

Wael El-Hindi clinched the 2010 trophy while Amr Shabana won in 2009 and 2011.

“I lost in this final three years ago so to win a prestigious title like this against such a great player as Greg feels just unbelievable,” Ashour, who lost to compatriot Shabana in 2009, was quoted as saying by the tournament’s official website.

“I felt good on court tonight but I had to fight really hard to win.

“It’s been a great week, everyone here does a tremendous job and makes us all feel so welcome, so thanks to everyone involved and we’re all looking forward to next year already!”

Fellow Egyptian Raneem El Weleily was not as lucky as Ashour, as she lost to 3-0 to Malaysia’s Nicol David in the women’s final.

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