Nicol David (Mas) 3-0  Laura Massaro (Eng)
11/4, 13/11, 11/8 (45m)
 Amr Shabana (Egy) 3-0
 Grégory Gaultier (Fra)
11/8, 11/3, 11/4 (42m)
David adds ToC title, Shabana Supreme
World number one Nicol David added one of the few trophies missing
from her collection when she beat England's Laura Massaro in
straight games in the women's final.
The Malaysia world champion got off to a storming start, dominating
the first for 11/4, but found herself trailing 1-6 and 3-7 in the
second before fighting back to double her lead 13-11 on her third
David maintained a slight edge through the third, 7-5 to 9-6 then
10-6, and again took it on the third opportunity to clinch the match
and the title 11-8 after 45 minutes - just over half the time of
their last meeting in the U.S. Open final.
The men's final was shorter still as Amr Shabana turned in a
superb performance to beat top seed Gregory Gaultier in straight
games, keeping the title in Egyptian hands.
PSA Media Report:
Egyptian squash maestro Amr Shabana dominated Gregory Gaultier in
the final of today’s 2014 J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions,
beating the Frenchman 3-0 to seal the title in New York’s Grand
Central Terminal, making it a hat-trick of wins after his title
success in the 2006 and 2007 editions.
Shabana was in ominous form from the very first point, looking back
to his best, and displayed the calibre of talent that saw him occupy
the No.1 ranking for over 30 consecutive months between 2006 and
Shabana’s victory, his first World Series event title since
2011, also prevents Gaultier from becoming World No.1 outright in
February as the Aix En Provance man now goes level with England’s
Nick Matthew atop the rankings.
“Greg wasn’t maybe at his 100 per cent best tonight but I took
full advantage of that,” said Shabana.
“I can remember so many times when he has beat me 3-0 when I have
been playing my best so I’m happy to win today especially as it has
been eight years since I last won the title here and playing a final
here is such an amazing experience.
“Everything came together for me this week. You can do all the
training you want but you still need things to go your way and
that’s what happened for me this week so I’m going to remember it
for a long time.
“I had a tough few years with injury and every time you get injured
you don’t know if you’ll be back again. I’ve had moments when I’ve
thought that would be it for me but luckily I’ve kept my head down
and I’m ok for now.”
VIDEO: Shabana's post-match interview
Dominant David wins first ToC title
Beth Rasin reports
#1 Nicol David claimed her first J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
title with a resounding 11-4, 13 -11, 11-8 victory over world #2
Laura Massaro on the iconic glass court in Grand Central Terminal.
“The ToC is huge,” said the Malaysian superstar after the match.
“There is something in the air here. I get goose bumps every time I
walk into Grand Central.”
There was a buzz and eager sense of anticipation among the crowd as
they took their seats under the majestic chandeliers in Vanderbilt
Hall for the women’s final. This was the first time the most
dominant player in women’s squash over the past seven years had
competed in the Tournament of Champions and the first time in a
decade that the two top players in the sport would contest the
that first game, both of us were figuring out how the ball was going
to play this evening,” David said. “The ball got faster as we were
playing, and I was able to play some good, low attacking shots.” In
what seemed like the blink of an eye, David had notched the first
Massaro was the attacker at the start of the second game. After
getting coaching advice from her husband Danny, the English #1 took
a 7-2 lead by playing more aggressively and moving up in the court.
Just as it looked like Massaro was well on her way to evening the
match, David dug in and began chipping away at Massaro’s lead.
“As soon as Nicol’s back in the game at all, she’s like a dog with a
bone,” said Massaro. “She doesn’t let go.” The seven-time World Open
champion reeled off six straight points to move ahead 8-7. Massaro
evened the score at 8 all. Over the next eight points, David would
take a one point lead and Massaro would tie the score. At 9-10,
Massaro saved a game ball, but David converted the next game ball
opportunity, 11-9. “I just kept telling myself, ‘keep going, keep
going, keep going,’” said David about her come-from-behind second
the start of the third game, the players exchanged points until
David surged ahead, 7-4. Massaro fought back to 6-7 and then saved
two game balls when her opponent took a 10-6 lead. But the top seed
was not to be denied the one major title missing from her resume,
and closed out the championship 11-8 in the third game.
“I wanted this title badly,” said the 30-year-old from Penang. After
the match, she basked in the glow of the majestic chandeliers and
the appreciation of a squash savvy crowd who savored the opportunity
to see this great champion in action, up close, on the ToC glass
Even though she now has 72 WSA titles to her name and has been at
the top of the rankings for 89 consecutive months, the 2014 ToC
champion is still enthralled with her sport. “I have learned so much
from this sport, and I am continuing to learn,” she said.
When asked her most important lesson, David replied, ”How to trust
myself and do what I am capable of.” The fortunate spectators at the
2014 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions were thrilled to witness
that capability as Nicol David did what she does better than anyone
else in the world – win yet another squash championship.
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