We promised to update you with the final results of the 2017 Allam British Open that took place in Hull, England this past week. Now that you have had time to watch the final matches between Englishman Nick Matthew and Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, as well as Englishwoman Laura Massaro and compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry, below is a review of the final results from the Wimbledon of Squash.

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2017 British Open Final Matches:

Nick Matthew (ENG) v. Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

Laura Massaro (ENG) v. Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)

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The French World No.3 Gregory Gaultier and England’s World No.5 Laura Massaro found themselves triumphant on finals day at the British Open this year. Claiming their respective wins over Nick Matthew (ENG) and Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) in Hull, England’s Airco Arena, this World Series tournament was something to behold.

Greg Gaultier actually became the oldest player to ever top the PSA World Rankings here in April, after the 34-year-old recovered from his game where he beat out Matthew and captured his third ever British Open crown.

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Gregory Gaultier

The Frenchmen also took the British Open prize, which is the oldest and most established title, in 2007 and 2014. With his win, he will overtake Mohamed ElShorbagy of Egypt at the summit of the World Rankings and eclipses the record of the oldest player to do so at 34 years and 3 months — this beats out the record of Women’s former World No.1 Sarah-Fitz Gerald by a month after his victory against Nick Matthew.

Gregory Gaultier bt Nick Matthew 3-1: 8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-3.

This 3-1 win is extremely impressive. Nick Matthew has been tearing up the court and with his Canary Wharf win, he was on fire coming into the British Open. Notice that the last two games saw Gaultier beat out Matthew 11-3 each time — this is a huge win and ended up being a total domination on the court after he gave Matthew the only lead of the match in the first.

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

Laura Massaro (ENG) Victorious

Laura Massaro (ENG) Victorious

Onto the women’s event, the end result was just as fascinating. Laura Massaro of England became the first Englishwoman since Janet Morgan in 1951 to lift the prestigious British Open title on two occasions after she squared off against her English compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry in four games.

The 2013 British Open champion Laura Massaro played the first all-English female British Open final seen since 1991 after they both defeated their opponents in the semi-finals (five-time winner Nicol David and defending champion Nour El Sherbini, respectively).

33-year-old Massaro ended up being the one to dominate on the court and impose her game plan to seal the deal by a 3-1 win — the same margin as Greg Gaultier.

The 3-1 win breakdown was undoubtedly amazing to watch live in the arena. With an 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6 scoreline, Massaro battled and only lost the third game as she went toe to toe with Sarah-Jane Perry.

Laura Massaro bt Sarah-Jane Perry 3-1: 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6.

“It’s just unbelievable,” Massaro stated, “When I won the British Open for the first time I was so happy. There was a little more pressure coming into today as I beat Nicol,who was World No.1, for my first title and at the time there was absolutely no pressure on me.”

While it was not her best season, Massaro definitely bounced back for the Allam British Open and in the end, toughed it out and walked off the court victorious.

 

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)

Result – Final: 2017 Women’s Allam British Open

[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6 (55m)

 

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