Squash: Open ends a big week in sport for Hull – Willstrop

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The prestigious British Open squash championships reached their zenith on Sunday.

Dr Assem Allam has facilitated an exceptional event in Hull and I’m sure he was proud to round off an incredible week of sport in the city by watching the finals of the most prestigious squash event in the world at the Sports Arena at the KC stadium.

Whilst the FA cup final didn’t quite go Hull’s way, no doubt they are in a positive position and I hope his squash experiences have been a reward for his efforts.

The players responded fittingly. The arena proved to be a smart and classy backdrop for the event.

England Squash and Racketball and everyone behind the tournament should be very proud with how they put the event together.

Gregory Gaultier and Nicol David ended the week as champions, Gaultier beating Nick Matthew 3-0, and David avenging her world championship loss beating Laura Massaro 3-1 in a tight women’s final.

Nick Matthew and Mohamed El Shorbagy played a blistering and highly absorbing match on Saturday in the semi-finals, certainly worth a download on psasquashtv.com. Sarah Kippax and Nicolette Fernandes played a tense and entertaining match, another highlight, in last 16 earlier in the week.

Yesterday Dr Allam reiterated that the event will have equal prize money for the men and women, meaning the British will be the third major tournament to make this move.

James Willstrop, lefvt, in action against Mohamed ElShorbagy in Dubai. Picture courtesy of PSA

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