World Champion and two-time Allam British Open winner Gregory Gaultier sealed his spot in the quarter-final of the 2016 instalment of the iconic PSA World Series tournament after a commanding straight games win over South Africa’s Stephen Coppinger.
The charismatic Frenchman struggled against Australia’s Cameron Pilley in the last round on his return from an injury sustained in January’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, but he produced a blistering start to the fixture with a flurry of punishing drives moving Coppinger away from the middle of the court. Gaultier built up a one-game advantage and his dominance extended into the second as he dropped just a single point.
“I was sitting depressed on my sofa watching the other guys playing on SQUASHTV and I wanted to be there. When I played my first match I couldn’t feel the ball at all, I felt like a junior playing for the first time. I was really negative but luckily my team really helped me and found the right words between games because I wanted to go back home and see my family.
“They managed to keep me positive and they told me that, at the end of the day, just being back on court is a bonus for me. Luckily, in the second round, my movement started to come back. Every match is a bonus for me and I want to keep playing as much as I can.
“I still want more, I know I’m not 100 per cent but I found a solution to win so that’s a positive part of my day. Things are coming back slowly but I’m improving every day.”
Result – Second Round: Men’s Allam British Open 2016
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-1, 11-9 (44m)
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