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Throwback Thursday: Story of 2014 Men’s World Championship

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The 2015 Men’s PSA World Championship kicks off in Bellevue, Washington on Sunday 15th October with the world's best players competing for the sport's ultimate prize in the PSA World Tour's pinnacle event.

This year's event sees defending champion Ramy Ashour return to defend his title while World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy, three-time World Champion Nick Matthew and four-time runner-up Gregory Gaultier are all in contention for honours.

We're inviting you to relive last year's spectacular event staged in Doha, Qatar which saw some breathtaking encounters between some of the sport's elite contenders.

Most of the top seeds breezed through the first round with the exception of Gaultier who almost suffered a shock defeat against Egyptian qualifier Andrew Wagih Shoukry. However, the 'French General' managed to sneak his way through after a five-game thriller.

Number eight seed Daryl Selby wasn't so fortunate in his first round encounter after the experienced South African stalwart Stephen Coppinger battled hard to secure a 3-2 win against the Englishman.

The second round saw the top four seeds all advance comfortably, while crowds in Doha were treated to a classic five-game match between Australian No.1 Cameron Pilley and Englishman Peter Barker, with Pilley claiming victory to book his place in the next round.

Hong Kong's Max Lee also upset the seedings by storming to a dramatic 3-2 win over Egyptian opponent Karim Abdel Gawad.

The third round stage saw the tournament favourites being tested to a greater extent, with Matthew, Ashour, Elshorbagy and Gaultier all progressing with hard-fought 3-1 victories.
Coppinger also continued his blistering run of form by knocking out number 10 seed Tarek Momen to secure a quarter-final place.

'The Artist' Ashour was starring down the barrel of defeat against Borja Golan in the quarter-final but brilliantly clawed his way back into the match to progress with a 3-2 win.
Elshorbagy, Matthew and Gaultier all secured comfortable 3-0 victories meaning the tournament's top four seeds had all secured semi-final places.

After a mammoth 17-15 first game between Ashour and Gaultier in their semi-final, the Egyptian soared to a commanding 3-0 win to secure a place in his fourth World Championship Final.
The second semi-final was a feisty affair between Elshorbagy and Matthew which came just weeks after the Egyptian had referred to Matthew as “past his peak” heading into the World Championship. After an intense first game, Elshorbagy ultimately overpowered his English opponent to win 3-0, sealing a place in the final against compatriot Ashour.

You can watch the highlights of Ashour and Elshorbagy’s final showdown below in what has been dubbed one of the greatest matches ever

Tune in to SQUASHTV for more enthralling encounters from the World Championship – including the 2013 final.

Meanwhile, tickets for the 2015 World Championship can be purchased on the event website.

By Jonny Coverdale

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