Investments U.S. Open 2013 - Finals
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Finals Day in Philadelphia, and it was the top seeds in the
PSA and WSA World Series events - offering equal prize money
for the first time ever - who were crowned 2013 U.S. Open
tonight in Drexel University's John A. Daskalakis Athletic
 Nicol David (Mas) bt  Laura Massaro (Eng)
13-11, 11-13, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5 (84m)
 Gregory Gaultier (Fra) bt  Nick Matthew (Eng)
11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (51m)
Nicol still the Champion
What a final to mark the first ever World series event to
offer equal prize money for the women and the men!
was a meeting of the world #1 and world #2 and Nicol David
retained her U.S. Open title with a thrilling five-game
victory over Laura Massaro, 84 minutes of captivating play
that could have been choreographed to say to to the men's
finalists "follow that if you can!"
For five games they traded blows, testing each other out
with long, patient, well-crafted rallies, then one or the
other would prize open an opportunity and pounce on it.
Unforced errors were few and far between, the quality was
unfailingly high and the tension palpable throughout.
a point between them in the first two games -Massaro gets
first chance at game ball 10-9, David seizes her first
chance to take it 13-11. At 9-all in the second David gets
first shot, but Massaro takes the game 13-11 on her second
game ball. (on her first at 11-10 to Massaro David gets a
let as she runs inti her opponent's knees, Massaro appeals
hoping for a no let, video ref says 'stroke to Nicol!).
Massaro holds on to a slender lead through the third to take
the lead 11-7, but can't capitalise on a 7-4 lead in the
fourth as Nicol takes five points in a row, forcing the
decider at 11-8.
leads early in the fifth, Massaro levels at 2-all but Nicol
has the momentum now, and two rare errors from Laura's
racket take it to 7-3. The end comes quickly, a winning
boast for 10-5 then a ball driven into the deep that Laura
can't retrieve and Nicol, still the champion, leaps in
feels fantastic, it means a lot to win that match and to win
another U.S. Open title," said David.
"It's been such a journey this year, I knew Laura was
playing well and I would have to dig deep. When I was down
in the fourth, she maybe stepped off it a little, I just
knew I had to keep going and going to the last point.
"Liz [Irving] helped me such a lot, she gave me the
confidence to go in there, to know I could do it, and she
and the team in Amsterdam have been doing that for the last
ten and a half years.
"This is such a fantastic event, all credit to U.S. Squash,
the sponsors and the venue, making the prize money equal is
putting the women's game where it deserves to be and we all
look forward to coming back for the next ten years!"
Masterclass from Greg
followed was a masterful performance from Gregory Gaultier
as the French top seed added to his U.S. Open title of 2006
with a straight games win over Nick Matthew, the third seed
and 2007 champion.
yesterday's semifinal with compatriot James Willstrop,
Matthew was the one in charge, but tonight the boot was
firmly on the other foot as Gaultier assumed early control
and only on sporadic occasions could Matthew break free.
took early leads in all three games - 6-1, 4-1, 5-2 - and
only in the second did Matthew threaten to close the gap,
but Gaultier always found a way to open it up again.
It was never as easy as that makes it sound of course - that
second game took over 20 minutes to complete, and there were
plenty of fiercely competitive rallies - but it truly was a
masterclass from Gaultier.
amazing," said a delighted Gaultier. "The last time I won
this was 2006 so to win it again here in this great venue is
like a dream.
"I gave 500% today, I tried to play fast and use a lot of
variation as he's so strong in the middle of the court.
"For me it's my fifth tournament in a row, Nick has only
just started after five months off, so I have the matches in
my legs, maybe that was the difference tonight. I'm sure
he'll come back strong, maybe we can have another match in
the World Open final next week!
"The sponsors, the organisation and the venue here are all
fantastic, and they're doing great things in helping to
raise the women's game too."
vraiment bien joué toute la semaine et j'ai vraiment
respecté tous les paramètres que j'avais mis en place avec
J'étais très relâché et confiant tout le tournoi. Je tiens à
remercier l'organisation, les sponsors, US squash et
l'Université de Drexel.
Un grand merci à toute mon équipe, c'est a dire toutes les
personnes qui travaillent à mes cotés pour me mettre au top.
Un grand merci à mes partenaires d'entraînements ainsi que
mes sponsors, mon club, ma fédération et ma famille pour
tout leur soutien qu'ils m'apportent au quotidien.
Maintenant quelques jours à la maison avant d'attaquer les
chpts du monde à manchester
Delaware Investments U.S. Open
Day Ten, Fri 18th Oct,
Finals Day in Philly:
It's Finals Day in Philadelphia, with two champions of the
PSA and WSA World Series events - offering equal prize money
for the first time ever - set to be crowned tonight in
Drexel University's John A. Daskalakis Athletic Center.
David v Massaro
Nicol David, just turned 30, is the undisputed World #1 - a
position she's held since January 2006, during which time
she's accumulated every Squash title on offer - seven World
Titles, British Opens, World Games, Commonwealth games,
WISPA Grand Prix, WSA World Series, Hong Kong, Qatar ... you
name it, she's won it, including a record 68 WSA titles from
It wasn't until last year though that she properly completed
her collection with victory here at Drexel to claim her
first U.S. Open title. She'll be looking for another one
to stop her is England's world #2 Laura Massaro, just a year
younger at 29, and champion here in 2011.
The raw head to head figures don't look good for Massaro,
training as she does 5-18 in their meetings since 2005. But
look a little more closely and you'll see that David won the
first 9 before Massaro scored a couple of wins in 2011.
David avenged those with 7 wins on the bounce, but since
then Massaro has won 3 of the last 4.
They shared wins in January's World Series Finals - Massaro
won the group match, David took the Final - but in their two
full-blown WSA meetings this year Massaro first of all beat
David on her home turf in the Malaysian Open semi-final, and
then took her British Open title from her in the final in
Hull. Those are two of Massaro's 12 WSA titles from 24
David's route to the final has been more clinical - she's
yet to drop a game in , whereas Massaro's matches have been
getting progressively tougher and longer - 211 on-court
minutes compared to David's 132 - but who adds a second U.S.
Open title to their tally tonight is truly anyone's guess
Gaultier v Matthew
already played 75 matches this season and I've only played
4," joked Nick Matthew after winning through to the final
The statistics are somewhat exaggerated, but it's certainly
true that Frenchman Gaultier, 30, is well into his routine,
having already competed in the European Individuals, PSA
Netsuite in San Francisco and PSA Abierto Mexicano (two
wins, one runner-up) before heading to Philadelphia., so the
world #2's form speaks for itself.
four matches have all been in Philadelphia, but there's been
nothing to suggest he's not in good form, even if he's spent
208 minutes getting to the final compared to Gaultier's 169.
Their records are exemplary - Gaultier has been world #1,
has won 7 European titles, been in two World finals, and has
won many of the major tournaments including the British Open
and the U'S. Open in 2006, 24 PSA titles from 53 finals.
Matthew's CV is more impressive, with two World titles plus
Commonwealth and World Games gold medals, more British Open
titles, plus the 2007 U.S. Open crown included in 26 PSA
titles from 54 finals.
Gaultier has the edge on the head to head though - in PSA
matches at least - and leads 14-10. This decade though it's
Matthew who leads 6-5, and you have to factor in wins for
the Englishman in European and Team Championships too,
notably their epic in the World Teams semi-final in Mulhouse
this June. You could also look at their 2013 PSA record,
which Gaultier leads 3-1.
So, just as with the women's final, it's not clear cut, not
clear cut at all.
The Bottom Line
The probability is that we're going to have two tremendous
The certainty is that, for the first time ever, not only
will the winners' trophies be the same size, so will their