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British Open Finals - As it Happens

It's finals day here in Hull as the iconic Allam British Open reaches its thrilling climax – with plenty of home interest on show.

Three-time winner Nick Matthew locks horns with Frenchman Gregory Gaultier in the Men's final – where a win for Gaultier will see the 34-year-old overtake Mohamed ElShorbagy at the summit of the World Rankings to become the oldest World No.1 of all time.

Matthew will also make history if he takes the sport's most distinguished title, breaking his own record for the sport's oldest ever World Series title winner at 36.

Meanwhile, World No.5 Laura Massaro and World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry have set up the first all-English Women's final since 1991.

Massaro, the 2013 champion, will look to become the first Englishwoman since Janet Morgan in 1951 to capture the British Open title twice, while Perry could lift her maiden World Series title.

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Here's the Order of Play
(All times are local GMT+1)
15:00 [5] Laura Massaro (ENG) v [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
follow on [4] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

Massaro Doubles Up

Laura Massaro became the first English player since Janet Morgan in the 1950s to win the iconic Allam British Open for a second time as she defeated compatriot – and England No.2 – Sarah-Jane Perry in the 2017 final at Hull’s Airco Arena.

Massaro won here in 2013, beating Nicol David in the final, whilst World No.8 Perry was playing in her first ever World Series tournament final and the biggest match of her career.

It marked the first female all-English final at the British Open for 26 years since Lisa Opie and Sue Wright faced off in 1991. With Nick Matthew reaching the final in the men’s draw it was also the first time three English competitors made the finals since 1953.

And Massaro kick-started the historic day by taking a tight opener 11-8 thanks to some fantastic winners. The 33-year-old got into her rhythm and looked very much in control as she again took the game 11-8 – starving Perry of any opportunity to attack.

Perry stated pre-final that she wasn’t there to “make up the numbers” and she proved it, taking the third and forcing Massaro into several errors in combination with some accomplished winners.

But Perry’s fantastic journey ended when Massaro re-established her control and when Perry hit the tin on Championship ball a cry of ‘Come on!’ rang out from Massaro’s corner.

“It’s just unbelievable,” said Massaro.

“When I won the British Open for the first time I was so happy, there was a little bit more pressure coming into today as I beat Nicol who was World No.1 for my first title at the time there was absolutely no pressure on me.

“As much as you tell yourself there isn’t an awful amount of pressure on you, it’s a British Open final it doesn’t matter who you are playing you want to win it.

“I definitely didn’t feel settled on there that’s partly due to SJ and how well she’s been playing and what she does with the ball, but also just some nervous energy for the final.

“Just happy I managed to tough it out in the end and keep getting balls back and it paid off. It’s a little bit different because the first one was so special.

“I said to Danny before when you get introduced as former British Open Championon, I sort of didn’t really like it because I want to be two time British Open Champion as stupid as it sounds, it was about proving to myself it wasn’t a fluke first time around.

“I’m proud of myself for the week and for bouncing back because what has probably not been my best season, after winning the World Series Finals in Dubai and making the finals of the World Championships I don’t feel like I’ve done myself justice.

“She’s played well all week and got herself fit, she plays the front court so well that if you leave your ball just a little bit short she’ll attack you. I tried to approach it as if I was just playing anyone else, obviously it’s great for England Squash but generally it’s just about looking after yourself.

“I’m pleased for England Squash that there is three of us in the final, I’m pleased for the World Tour that there’s no Egyptians in the final, no disrespect to them but it’s refreshing to have different finalists.

“[Being live on BT Sport] It didn’t affect me other than my mum could watch it in Gohar, she said she’s not been able to watch all week because the internet has not been good enough for SquashTV then all of sudden she was saying it’s on channel ten whatever that is so she’ll be over the moon.

“It’s hard when you come back and win against the World No.1 like that yesterday and your phone goes a bit mental and berserk, you have to regroup pretty quickly for an early final.”

Gaultier Captures Third British Open Crown to Become Oldest Ever World No.1 After Win Over Matthew

French World No.3 Gregory Gaultier will become the oldest player ever to top the PSA World Rankings next month after the 34-year-old recovered from a game down to beat England’s Nick Matthew in the final of the iconic 2017 Allam British Open, World Series tournament in Hull’s Airco Arena.

Gaultier, who also lifted the sport’s oldest and most established title in 2007 and 2014, will overtake Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy at the summit of the World Rankings and, at 34 years and three months, he eclipses the record of Women’s former World No.1 Sarah-Fitz Gerald by a month.

The Frenchman defeated Matthew in the final three years ago, but the 36-year-old Yorkshireman started strongly as he varied the pace of his shots to great effect, duly taking a one-game lead.

But the charismatic Gaultier dug in and really hit his stride towards the end of the second game to level the scores. He then dropped just six points in the final two games to close out an 8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-3 triumph – capturing the 37th Tour title of his distinguished career and his third in a row after recent wins at the Windy City Open and Swedish Open.

The win also sees Gaultier end a run of four straight defeats at the hands of Matthew.

“It was a massive day for me,” said Gaultier.

“I only found out a few days ago that there were three of us who could get to No.1. I wasn’t thinking about that during the week, I was focusing on playing well and executing my tactics.

“I had a great week and a great feeling on court, I was moving well and to be number one as well again at my age is an amazing feeling – it’s pure pleasure.”

Matthew said: “A year ago I lost in the second round here and my body was just giving in on me. I didn’t know how long I was going to be on the Tour for, there was a lot of soul searching. 

“I had to figure out a new way of training which translated into a new way of preparing and playing. My life changed after injury, but I came through it.

“This year, I feel like I’m in there every tournament and I genuinely think I’ve got a few more of these in me. Hopefully me and Greg are showing everyone that we’re not going away yet. We’re loving that rivalry and long may it continue.”

Result – Final: 2017 Men’s Allam British Open
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [4] Nick Matthew (ENG) 3-1: 8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-3 (67m)

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