A new name will be etched on to the most prestigious trophy in squash when debutant finalist Omar Mosaad and four-time runner-up Gregory Gaultier go head-to-head in the finale of the 2015 Men’s World Squash Championship in Bellevue, Washington in one of the most unexpected finals in the tournament’s 39-year history.
Gaultier, the Frenchman who lost the 2007 final after squandering five match balls before also falling at the final hurdle in the 2008, 2011 and 2013 tournaments, produced a masterclass against giant-killer James Willstrop to secure his berth in the title-decider. Willstrop had already taken out top seed and pre-event favourite Mohamed Elshorbagy and World No.5 Miguel Angel Rodriguez in stunning style to reach the last four but Gaultier was impeccable as he saw out the match in straight-games, winning 11-1, 11-8, 11-8 after just 50 minutes.
“I’ve lost four finals in my life and I had five match balls and obviously didn’t make it,” said Gaultier, who was quick to mention the impact of the Paris attacks on his hunger to win.
“But I am more than motivated to win tomorrow. I came here and I was sick the first few days and I was struggling but I had to deal with it. The motivation makes the difference at the end of the day – if your head is there you can deal with anything.
“Everybody was really touched about what happened in France and what’s happening at the moment in the whole world – I’m determined to make it for myself, for my country, for my team and for everybody who supports me in the world.”
Gaultier will line up against Omar Mosaad in a repeat of the 2015 Delaware Investments U.S. Open final after the man known as the ‘Hammer of Thor’, for his hard-hitting style, followed up his huge quarter-final upset win over 2014 champion Ramy Ashour with a classy straight-games victory over compatriot Tarek Momen.
The number eight seed outclassed Momen in one of the finest performances of his career to secure his place in what could be a career-defining contest, which poignantly comes just three months after the 28-year-old lost his mother and sister in a tragic car accident in Egypt.
“It’s the second time this season I’ve made a big final so I’m really happy and I hope I can play well tomorrow and win. Today was tough but I will pick myself up now, recover, and hopefully come back string tomorrow.
“Three months ago my family had an accident and I lost two of them, so I hope I can win tomorrow and dedicate this title to my father because he deserves it. He’s been a role model for me and I want to win for him.”
2015 Men’s World Championship, Semi-finals
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt James Willstrop (ENG) 11-1, 11-8, 11-8 (50m)
 Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt  Tarek Momen (EGY) 11-4, 11-4, 11-8 (50m)