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BritOpen Update: Gaultier sets up Semi-Final Nail-Biter with Ashour


World Champion Gregory Gaultier moved into the semi-final of the 2016 Allam British Open, PSA World Series tournament, with a deceptively hard-fought 3-0 victory over Germany’s Simon Rösner – extending his winning streak over the 28-year-old to five matches.

Both players came into the tournament struggling for fitness, with Frenchman Gaultier making his return from an ankle ligament injury, while Rösner continued to suffer from the illness that dogged his recent Canary Wharf Classic campaign.

“I didn’t expect much when I came here because of my injury. When I first came I didn’t know if I’d be able to win one match so every game is a bonus for me. I will give all I have in the tank but for me there is no pressure any more in my life. Every win, every title I can get is a bonus. Day by day my vision, the feel of the ball and my judgement is improving so I’m on the way up again.

“Simon is a tough player. He’s had bad luck as well, being in bed for five days with sickness. I could see in the first two rounds he was struggling but got through.

“His last match against Simpson was over 100 minutes so that took a lot out of him and I don’t think he was 100 per cent today but I’ve got to take what I can.”

Result – Quarter-Final: Men’s Allam British Open 2016
[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [7] Simon Rösner (GER) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (47m)

By Paul Joannou

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