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Gaultier and Massaro claim U.S. Open titles


England’s Laura Massaro came through triumphant in a gritty five game encounter with Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb to win the 2015 Women’s Delaware Investments US Open, PSA World Series tournament, in Philadelphia today while Frenchman Gregory Gaultier defeated Omar Mosaad to lift the men’s trophy for the third time in his career.

SH5301Massaro displayed the tenacious fighting spirit that has epitomised her career as she dug deep to come from two-games-to-one down against an in-form El Tayeb while Gaultier continued his scintillating form this week at Drexel University as he out-classed 27-year-old Mosaad to record a straight-games win.

SH5302“Winning this title feels extra special to me because of the break that I had from the sport earlier this year and going 18 months without a title before winning in Macau a few weeks ago,” said Massaro.

“To win two tournaments in a month, and a major title such as the US Open, means a lot and I’m really proud with what I’ve achieved.”

SH5303In the men’s final Gaultier backed up impressively from his victory over World No.1 and 2014 champion Mohamed Elshorbagy in a tough 3-2 semi-final to produce a polished performance against Mosaad, who looked to be feeling the effects of his intense semi-final victory over Nick Matthew.

“Winning this title again in an amazing feeling – it’s tough to describe it,” said Gaultier.

SH5304“You work hard all your life for these moments. I started playing squash when I was four years old and I always believed in my capacity that I could one day be a top player but it’s a team effort to win tournaments like this.

“The individual lifts the trophy but there’s a team behind me of physios, coaches, family and friends and all these people are the ones who keep you motivated. I’ve played well for ten days and I’ve had a great vibe with the crowd here so it’s great to end the week on a high.”

Final: Men’s Delaware Investments US Open
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [6] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-5 (38m)

Final: Women’s Delaware Investments US Open
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [8] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-2: 11-6, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7 (67m)

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