2015 Delaware Investments U.S. Open champions Laura Massaro and Gregory Gaultier saw the defence of their titles come to a premature end as they both bowed out of the 2016 iteration of the PSA World Series tournament taking place in Philadelphia during a dramatic day of quarter-final action that also saw home favourite and US number one Amanda Sobhy storm into the last four.
Gaultier, who also lifted the trophy in 2013 and 2006, came into the tournament in red hot form having won the NetSuite Open last week but he fell to a 3-1 defeat to Hong Kong Open runner-up Karim Abdel Gawad in a match that saw the Frenchman implode from a commanding lead.
Sobhy delights the home crowd
Serme will take on home favourite Amanda Sobhy after the Boston-based US number one downed 19-year-old Egyptian Nouran Gohar to gain revenge for her defeat to the World No.4 in the final of August’s Hong Kong Open.
It was the hard-hitting World Junior Champion who came through in Hong Kong – the first PSA World Series tournament of the season – to claim the honours and inflict a second major tournament final defeat on Sobhy, but the 23-year-old ensured that result wouldn’t be repeated as she produced a performance of high quality attacking abandon to outgun Gohar at her own game.
“I was very determined to overturn that result from Hong Kong – there’s nothing like getting a of redemption so I was focused on making sure she didn’t beat me twice, especially not on home soil,” said Sobhy.
‘I’m feeling great right now – it was such a tough match so to come out and get the win and reach the semi-finals of the US Open is amazing and I owe the crowd so much thanks.
“This is such a prestigious and great tournament and it’s fantastic to play here. The support of the fans gives you that extra push and they really picked me up and I hope they can continue and make it even louder for tomorrow’s semi-finals. Hopefully I can do my best to try and keep the trophy on home soil.”
2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open semi-final action continues from 5:00pm local time at Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Centre on Friday October 14 with tickets for the PSA World Series tournament available to purchase by visiting www.usopensquash.com
Results – Men’s 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open: Quarter-finals
 Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Ali Farag (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 (57m)
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt  Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 3-1: 3-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 (67m)
Draw – Men’s 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open: Semi-finals
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v James Willstrop (ENG)
 Nick Matthew (ENG) v  Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
*Results – Women’s 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open: Quarter-finals
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt  Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-1: 7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-4 (42m)
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt  Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-2: 11-8, 8-11, 11-2, 6-11, 11-6 (55m)*
Draw – Women’s 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open: Semi-finals
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v  Raneem El Welily (EGY)
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) v  Camille Serme (FRA)
Gawad in disbelief after his win