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AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix 2015
09-14 Sep, Manchester, $70k

14-Sep, Final: 
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy) 3-1 [2] Nick Matthew (Eng)
11/7, 12/10, 9/11, 11/6 (65m)

Shorbagy dethrones Matthew in Manchester

It was the top seed and world #1 versus the defending champion and world #2, and their head to head was 7-all, and the British Grand Prix final was as close as those stats, and the betting odds, would suggest.

Shorbagy took the lead, then clawed back a Matthew lead in the second, saving three game balls as he doubled his lead 12/10.

The Englishman struck back in the third but his intensity level seemed to drop in the fourth as the young Egyptian moved 10/3 ahead, eventually taking the match, and the title, 11/6 in just over the hour.

"I came out fighting for my life for each point and I am glad it turned out to be a very good match in the end," said the new champion.

“Last year at this event it didn’t got well for me, losing in the quarter-finals, so it’s great to come back here this year and get my first title of the season."

13-Sep, Semi-Finals:

Matthew back in final

Defending champion Nick Matthew returned to the final in Manchester as he beat Karim Abdel Gawad in straight games in the first semi-final.

The Englishman was always in front in the first two, and at 10-7 in the third a quick finish seemed likely, but Gawad fought back to force extra points, Matthew eventually taking the match on his fourth match ball..

“I was a bit on edge having never played him before, and he’s had two five-setters so it’s hard to get that off your mind too,” said Matthew.

“It’s early in the season and I’m not the finished article yet, I’ve done everything I can to get back, but whoever I play in the final it should be interesting, in my eyes they’re the top two players in the world at the moment.”

Shorbagy wins a thriller

After a first round exit in the first tournament of the season in China, world number one Mohamed Elshorbagy advanced to the final on the back of a marathon five-setter with France's number three seed Gregory Gaultier.

After losing the first game the Egyptian world number one fought back to take the lead, but Gaultier levelled and at 8-all in the decider it was anyone's match.

“I am really happy I am playing another final, my first final here in the Grand Prix,” said Elshorbagy. “Another final with Nick and we always have big matches."

12-Sep, Quarter-Finals:
Matthew maintains the run,
Gawad holds off Rodriguez comeback

The first quarter-final was an all-English - all Yorkshire - affair with Nick Matthew and James Willstrop setting out on the latest episode in their long-running rivalry. It played out like many previous editions with Matthew pulling away after a tight opening and staying in front for the remainder of the match.

“I managed to get ahead after a close opening when were feeling each other out a bit, but it got tougher as the match went on, as soon as I relaxed he was all over it, just happy to come through unscathed,” said Matthew.

The first upset of the tournament came in the second match as Karim Abdel Gawad won a see-saw encounter with fourth seed Miguel Rodriguez. The Egyptian controlled the first, led the second 10-8 but had to save a couple of game balls as Rodriguez mounted a comeback. The South American dominated the next two games to force a decider, but Gawad was on top from the start of the fifth.

“Last time he beat me 3-0 in 30 minutes, so even when I was 2-0 up I knew it wasn’t over,” said Gawad. "I was upset how I stopped playing in the fourth so in the fifth just reminded myself of all the training I’d done and kept pushing and pushing even when I was 8-0 and 10-1 up."

In the second session Gregory Gaultier and Mohamed Elshorbagy set up an enticing semi-final as Gaultier eased past Peter Barker in under half an hour while top seed Shorbagy also beat English opposition, coming from a game down to beat Daryl Selby in just under an hour.

"The first game he surprised me and he was going short early on," said Shorbagy, the world number one and top seed, "but it was a good match for me.

"Greg's such a tough competitor and I'll have to be at my best to beat him tomorrow. I've beaten him the last four times but he has beaten me before as well."

11-Sep, Round One:
Matthew and Willstrop to meet again

The opening matches at the NSC in Manchester saw wins for two long-time English rivals, as defending champion Nick Matthew got the better of Chris Simpson - coming from 1-6 down in the third - while James Willstrop shrugged off a poor second game to beat LJ Anjema in four.

"We’ve had some great battles," quipped Willstrop, "but I’ve had a year off losing to him, so maybe that’s a good omen!”

In the third match Karim Abdel Gawad denied an English hat-trick as he won a see-saw encounter with Tom Richards, then Miguel Rodriguez completed the bottom half of the draw with a quickfire win over qualifier Grégoire Marche.

The the evening session saw the remaining four seeds progress to the quarters, with Gregory Gaultier, Peter Barker, Daryl Selby and top seed Mohamed Elshorbagy all winning in under an hour.

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AJ Bell British Grand Prix 2015
09-14 Sep, Manchester, $70k
Round One
11 Sep
12 Sep
13 Sep
14 Sep
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy)
11/4, 11/7, 11/7 (33m)
[wc] Richie Fallows (Eng)
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy
 6/11, 11/7, 11/7, 11/7 (54m)
[7] Daryl Selby
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy

 7/11, 11/7, 11/9, 6/11, 11/8 (94m)

[3] Gregory Gaultier

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy


 11/7, 12/10, 9/11, 11/6 (65m)


[2] Nick Matthew

[7] Daryl Selby (Eng)
 11/8, 11/3, 11/9 (46m)
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
[5] Peter Barker (Eng)
11/7, 11/5, 8/11, 11/2 (50m)
[Q] Cesar Salazar (Mex)
[5] Peter Barker
11/4 11/7, 11/4 (27m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier
 [3] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
16/14, 11/7, 11/6 (43m)
[Q] Alan Clyne (Sco)
[Q] Gregoire Marche (Fra)
11/9, 11/8, 11/6 (53m)
[4] Miguel Rodriguez (Col)
[4] Miguel Rodriguez 11/7, 15/13, 4/11, 3/11, 11/3 (86m)
[6] Karim Abdel Gawad
[6] Karim Abdel Gawad

11/7, 11/6, 13/11 (48m)

[2] Nick Matthew

Tom Richards (Eng)
8/11, 11/9, 7/11, 11/6, 11/2 (74m)
[6] Karim Abdel Gawad
[Q] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
11/8, 4/11, 11/5, 11/6 (60m)
[8] James Willstrop (Eng)
[8] James Willstrop
11/7, 11/5, 11/7 (45m)
[2] Nick Matthew
Chris Simpson (Eng)
11/4, 11/7, 11/6 (48m)
[2] Nick Matthew (Eng)
10 Sep, Qualifying Finals:

Cesar Salazar (Mex) 3-0 Lucas Serme (Fra)                    13-11, 11-8, 12-10 (59m)
Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned) 3-0 Charles Sharpes (Eng)       11-8, 11-3, 11-9 (56m)
Alan Clyne (Sco) 3-0 Joe Jee (Eng)                                    11-3, 11-6, 11-7 (37m)
Gregoire Marche (Fra) 3-1 Zahed Mohamed (Egy)    9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 17-15 (86m)

09 Sep, Round One:

Cesar Salazar (Mex) 3-2 James Earles (Eng)           11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 13-15, 11-9
Lucas Serme (Fra) 3-0 Piedro Scheertman (Ned)                      12-10, 11-2, 11-9
Charles Sharpes (Eng) 3-1 Joel Hinds (Eng)                     12-14, 11-5, 11-3, 11-9
Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned) 3-0 Nick Wall (Eng)                           11-3, 11-2, 11-3
Alan Clyne (Sco) 3-1 Chris Fuller (Eng)                              11-7, 7-11, 11-2, 11-5
Joe Jee (Eng) 3-0 Ashley Davies (Eng)                                        11-4, 11-4, 11-7
Zahed Mohamed (Egy) 3-0 Aqeel Rehman (Aut)                           11-8, 11-6, 11-6
Gregoire Marche (Fra) 3-0 Alex Noakes (Eng)                              11-3, 11-4, 11-2

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09/10 Sep:
Qualifying at Alderley Edge

No upsets in the first round of qualifying at Alderley Edge as eight players, including Brits Alan Clyne, Joe Lee and Charles Sharpes, won through to the qualifying finals.

In the qualifying finals it was only Alan Clyne who was able to progress, booking his place in the main draw- and a match against i-form Gregory Gaultier - with a 3-0 win over Lee.

The other qualifiers are Cesar Salazar, LJ Anjema and Gregoire Marche ...  check out the updated draw

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Matthew back from injury for Manchester

Three-time World Champion Nick Matthew OBE is looking forward to the new season and defending his AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix title in Manchester after recovering from a minor knee surgery.

The triple Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist underwent successful minor surgery on his left knee in July to repair a small tear in the meniscus, an exact replica of the injury and surgery he went through five weeks before Glasgow 2014, where he went on to win Gold and Silver medals.

Matthew has been successfully working through a rehabilitation programme, and will begin the new season with a first round match against compatriot Chris Simpson, with a potential quarter-final clash with long-time rival James Willstrop.

“The new injury came as something of a shock, occurring in my first full week back in training after a break to rest both physically & mentally after last season. It is bizarre to say the least that having never had any knee problems before I've had two identical operations in two years,” said Matthew.

"The difference this year has been that time has been on my side and I have been able to conduct a more patient and thorough rehab. The aim has been to be fit for a full season rather than a one off event like the Commonwealth Games last year.

“As always I've been indebted to the support of the medical staff at the English Institute of Sport, both in Sheffield & Manchester, and hope to repay them by making a successful return at the AJ Bell British Grand Prix. I am as motivated as ever and hope to be in a position to challenge for more major titles once my match sharpness returns."

World's top four heading for Manchester

The world’s top four ranked players - Mohamed Elshorbagy, Nick Matthew, Gregory Gaultier and Miguel Rodriguez - will all compete in this year’s AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix to be staged at the National Squash Centre in Manchester from the 11th to 14th September.

World No.1 Elshorbagy will be keen to avenge his shock quarter-final exit in last year’s championship but will no doubt be wary of the challenges from defending champion and World No.2 Matthew, World No.3 Gaultier of France as well as recent Pan American Games Gold Medal winner Rodriguez of Colombia, who is currently at a career high No.4 in the PSA Men’s World Rankings.

Matthew will lead the challenge of home-based players, which includes former World No.1 James Willstrop, Peter Barker, Daryl Selby, Chris Simpson, Tom Richards and wildcard Richie Fallows.

Played on a brand new state-of-the-art ASB all-glass show court, Europe’s largest standalone men’s PSA World Tour event will also feature Australian No.1 Cameron Pilley and Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad with the four remaining main draw places to be earned via an equally competitive qualification.

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