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Gaultier in control

WSF: Gaultier Goes Through Top Of Group B

Gregory Gaultier moved into the semi-finals of the PSA Dubai World Series Finals with a 100 per cent win record after he came from a game down to beat Omar Mosaad 2-1 to top Group B.

After beating Cameron Pilley and Simon Rösner in the earlier rounds the French General was already assured of his place in the last four and looked like he was taking his foot off the gas as it was Mosaad who took the opening game 11-7.

But the feisty Frenchman cut an altogether different figure on court in the second as he increased the tempo and upped his intensity levels, taking the match to Mosaad and forcing the pace to dominate the court and level by taking it 11-8.

He continued to shift through the gears and blew Mosaad out of the water in the third, marching around court as he played winners from all angles to take the third 11-1 and move into the semi-finals in fine fettle to await the winner of tonight’s battle between Mathieu Castagnet and Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez.

“I didn’t have the same preparation today before my match- I didn’t come to practice this morning, I just preferred to rest,” said Gaultier.

“It was in my head a bit at the beginning, trying to figure out if I should relax or try and stay in my rhythm. He surprised me at the start as he was striking the ball well and covering the court much better than his first two matches.

“In the second I told myself I had to push myself because last time in this tournament the same thing happened. I didn’t push myself in the last pool game and was;t sharp in the semi-finals so I pushed myself and tried to give it 100 per cent and not give away an easy match in the end.”

[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [4] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 2-1: 7-11, 11-8, 11-1 (38m)

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