Mohamed Elshorbagy takes on Gregory Gaultier in last year's British Open final
Get in the Mood for the British Open With These Classic Encounters
The business end of the PSA World Tour season is rapidly approaching with the oldest and most established tournament on the calendar, the 2016 Allam British Open, set to feature the world’s leading players when the tournament starts on Monday March 21 in Hull’s Airco Arena.
With points for the PSA Road to Dubai Standings up for grabs in addition to one of the most coveted and prestigious titles on the PSA World Tour, the latest instalment of the British Open looks to be one of the most exciting and competitive yet.
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In order to whet your appetite for what is sure to be an unmissable week of top class squash action, we’ve included highlights of some of the greatest British Open matches ever to play out in front of the SQUASHTV cameras.
2015 Men’s British Open Final: Mohamed Elshorbagy v Gregory Gaultier
Last year’s final saw World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy make his first ever final appearance in the iconic event against defending champion Gregory Gaultier.
What followed was a brutal battle that saw both player’s wear each other down with a series of punishing rallies as both players sought to make their mark in Hull.
2015 Women’s British Open Semi-Final: Laura Massaro v Nicol David
Home favourite Laura Massaro and title holder Nicol David went head-to-head in an electric semi-final that was a repeat of both the 2013 and 2014 finals.
David showcased all of her stunning skill in the opening two games as she powered into the lead and left Massaro with it all to do as the Englishman looked to reach a third consecutive British Open final.
2014 Men’s British Open Semi-Final: Nick Matthew v Mohamed Elshorbagy
Three-time winner Nick Matthew came into the 2014 British Open having won the tournament in two of the last three years it had been held and came up against Mohamed Elshorbagy, then ranked number three in the world, in a gruelling semi-final matchup.
Both players put everything into a match that saw each rally greeted with a crescendo of noise from a capacity crowd. After going a game down, Matthew hit back to take the second on the tie-break and responded with a snarl worthy of his nickname, ‘The Wolf’, as he launched another assault on the famous title.
2013 Women’s British Open Final: Laura Massaro v Nicol David
Laura Massaro was aiming to become the first Englishwoman to lift the British Open crown since Lisa Opie 22 years previously while Nicol David returned to defend the title she won the year before against Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini.
Held in the KC Stadium, Hull, Massaro and David tried to outmanoeuvre and outthink each other in a tactical and highly-entertaining affair.
2012 Men’s British Open Semi-Final: Ramy Ashour v James Willstrop
Egyptian maverick Ramy Ashour had come through a difficult five-game thriller against Amr Shabana in the previous round and came up against ‘The Marksman’ James Willstrop, the World No.1, in the last four.
Some breathtaking skill and flamboyancy was on show in a fixture that encapsulated both combatant’s unparalleled accuracy which captivated hundreds of enraptured spectators.