Gaultier Hungry for World
French World No.2 Gregory Gaultier, the four-time World
Championship runner-up, says he is preparing harder than ever
before to end his Championship hoodoo ahead of the 2014 Qatar
PSA World Championship which gets underway in Doha this week.
Gaultier, who held the World No.1 ranking for eights months in
2014, lost an agonising final against Nick Matthew in England
last year and he's hoping that a change in approach to the
competition will pay dividends when the world's top players
converge in the heat of the Middle East.
am really looking forward to the tournament," said Gaultier.
"My training has been going well recently and I am trying to
peak for the event.
"I chose to play less tournaments during the last few months
compared to how many I played at the same time last year and
that was all so that I can go into the World Championship as
fresh as possible.
"I have a lost a few World Championship finals in the past
but that gives me extra motivation to try and get that
trophy in my hands because winning the Worlds would be a
dream come true."
Gaultier lost his World No.1
ranking to Egyptian Mohamed Elshorbagy, who won the 2013 Qatar
Classic in Doha, in the November rankings but despite losing to
the Bristol-based 23-year-old in consecutive PSA World Series
tournaments in Hong Kong and Philadelphia, Gaultier says his
focus is not on the younger man.
is in good form and he is maybe the man to beat but there
are other players who will be going there who will be very
dangerous," he said.
"There will be a lot of players who have prepared
specifically for that event and while the crowd might favour
and encourage the Egyptians more than the other players in
"I remember when I won there a few years ago the public were
on my side as well so I'm looking forward to the challenge."