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AJ Bell British Grand Prix 2015

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  • Main Draw
    11 - 14 Sep
  • Venue
    Manchester, England
  • Prize
    $70,000 (m)
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Overview

World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy triumphed over defending champion and crowd favourite Nick Matthew in a thrilling final to take the 2015 AJ Bell British Grand Prix, PSA M70 title – his first of the new campaign.

The match got off to a storming start as Elshorbagy took charge and overpowered Matthew with some intense speed and strength on the ball. Things started heating up as the players exhibited some incredible squash with the Egyptian pulling away at the end of the game to go into a one game lead.

With tensions high going into the second, Matthew came back fighting in an attempt to exert his dominance on the court. A combination of unforced errors and some superbly placed drop shots enabled the Yorkshireman to gallop into a 4-0 lead. Elshorbagy upped the pace and unleashed a flurry of hard-hitting strokes to draw level at at 7-7.

After a dramatic tie-break, the Egyptian overturned a game ball in Matthew’s favour to double his advantage but the game was not without controversy, with Matthew showing his frustration at one of Elshorbagy’s retrievals.

Determined to claw his way back, Matthew dug deep in the third game and brought some aggressive strokes to the table. With the crowd at the National Squash Centre on his side, ‘The Wolf’ managed to gain a foothold in the encounter with an 11-9 victory.

Elshorbagy rose into a commanding lead in the fourth with Matthew struggling to live with the 24-year-old’s guile as he sent a multitude of low shots into the nick. Despite a late attempt at a comeback from Matthew, Elshorbagy held firm to lift his 15th PSA World Tour title in what was his 100th PSA World Tour tournament.

“I love being back here in Manchester,” said a delighted Elshorbagy.

“Last year didn’t go too well for me and I’m glad that I was able to play at my best all week and win my first title of the season. Nick and myself always have great battles and this was another one. I think we’re going to play a lot more this season.”

Matthew admitted that Alexandria-born Elshorbagy’s pace caught him off guard but the 35-year-old did concede that he had regrets about the second game in particular.

“It’s a pleasure to be in the final,” said Matthew.

“It’s more than I could have expected in my wildest dreams this week. Even last week I would have taken this so I’m over the moon. I was a little bit concerned that the pace might be a bit high and you saw it in that first game.

“There’s a lot I’d like to say about that second game but I’ll keep those thoughts to myself. There are a few things on the replay that I think Mohamed will look at and think that he could have done a bit better.”

Result – Final: AJ Bell British Grand Prix 2015
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt [2] Nick Matthew (ENG) 3-1: 11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6

By Shana Lord

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Round 1
Final round

Round 1

Final round

Round 1
Quarter final
Semi final
Final

Round 1

Quarter final

Semi final

Final

Final Mon, 14th September 2015

Semi final Sun, 13th September 2015

Quarter final Sat, 12th September 2015

Round 1 Fri, 11th September 2015

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