Top seed Ramy Ashour stormed
through to the last four of the Davenport North American Open
but surprise quarter-finalist Simon Rösner made him work
hard to get there.
tall German matched Ashour's genius for long spells of the match
and fought back superbly in the third to stop the Egyptian
winning in straight games, hitting three superb winners at the
front before trapping his opponent in the back right corner.
Ashour took a huge tumble but
returned to the court to continue. The crowd gasped in
admiration at the quality of the squash and the stupendous
Ashour now faces James Willstrop in
the semi-finals after the Englishman enjoyed a rest day
following the withdrawal of Karim Darwish through injury.
fall was a heavy but apart from a grazed elbow I'm feeling
"That was a
great game and there are lots of guys around who are capable
of playing top-quality squash. Simon is obviously one of
"James is a
great player and I'm looking forward to another great battle.
We always enjoy putting on a great show for this wonderful
crowd in Richmond.
Gaultier shakes off Shabana
Gregory Gaultier was too tight, too accurate and too
consistent for Amr Shabana.
As the tournament moved into the quarter-final stages, so
Gaultier moved up to a new level of quality.
Striking the ball cleanly and matching Shabana for inventiveness
at the front of the court, he booked his place in the
semi-finals in just 34 minutes. It was to one-sided to be a
classic, but Gaultier was generous in his praise of his opponent.
without doubt the best squash player in the world.
"He is the
one you always look to if you are having some difficult
moments, because watching him helps you to get things right
in your own mind.
"I will always watch him on Squash TV.
He is the player you should watch if want to learn how to
hit the ball correctly.
"I am happy with how I played and pleased to be playing
better now I am in the semi-finals."