The 2017 British Open is one of the most anticipated squash events of the entire tournament for both men and women squash players from around the world. All of your favorites probably made it to the Open and if you haven’t been keeping up or don’t want it to be spoiled, don’t read any further.
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Well, now that’s out of the way, if you’ve been watching the matches from the Open, you’ve seen the incredible gameplay that has led up to the final matches.
It looks like: Nick Matthew, Sarah-Jane Perry, and Laura Massaro will be giving England three of the four finalist spots in their home nation. And the fourth? Nick Matthew will be playing the mighty Frenchman Gregory Gaultier.
The finals will be held on Sunday (3/26) in Hull, England, and will be two matches — one mens and one womens — that will be remembered for some time to come.
Laura Massaro (ENG) will take on her countrywoman Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) in the first all-English women’s final since 1991! Massaro earned her spot in the finals after beating the top seed Egyptian, Nour El Sherbini 5-11, 7,11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-7.
Perry earned her spot in the finals after upsetting Malaysia’s five-time champ and sixth seed Nicol David 11-8, 7-11, 13-11, 11-7.
One thing is for certain: the 2017 British Open was filled with stunning amounts of talent and beating opponents like El Sherbini and Nicol David is no easy task — however, Massaro and Perry found themselves bolstered being on their own soil, and worked hard to earn the top spots in the finals.
Nick Matthew (ENG), who we have been keeping track of, has been on fire in the last two months, and it is not a surprise to see this Englishman in the final match at the British Open — he certainly doesn’t have to worry about finding a place at Dubai.
What is extremely impressive is the way Matthew got there — he had to beat out Egypt’s top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy and he did, 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5.
Matthew will be facing Gregory Gaultier (FRA) in Sunday’s final. Gaultier (seed number three) led 11-9 when Egypt’s Ramy Ashour retired.
Laura Massaro was fifth seed and the 2013 winner found herself hanging on earlier in the Open when she trailed reigning champ El Sherbini by two games. However, 33-year-old Massaro fought back to win her match against the Egyptian in 63 minutes — reversing last year’s World final, when she lost to the same opponent from two games up.
Massaro told the PSA World Tour: “I’m just proud of myself that I lived to see another day […] I’m really pleased, a chance to play again at home. I love coming here. A British Open final is where you want to be.”
Sarah-Jane Perry, seeded seventh, played her first semi-final in the British Open against the eight-time world champion, Nicol David. That could not have been an easy task mentally or physically, but Perry came through and beat David.
Perry told PSA: “I’m really proud of the way I fought, even when it was really tight, and I’ll just be trying to do the same again tomorrow […] There’s no pressure on me. I’m not just here to make up the numbers, I’m here to try and win these tournaments.”
Nick Matthew is closing in on a fourth world title after his brilliant win over ElShorbagy, who had been on his way to claim a third successive British Open.
The finals will definitely be incredible, with the following matches deciding who the victors will be:
2017 British Open Final Matches:
Nick Matthew (ENG) v. Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
Laura Massaro (ENG) v. Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)