Abierto Mexicano Semis

Top seed Gregory Gaultier breezed past Peter Barker in the first men’s semi-final in Toluca, dismissing the Englishman in 32 minutes for the loss of just six points.

In the final he’ll meet Omar Mosaad, who came from two games down to beat Simon Rosner, taking each of the last three games 11/9 to complete a 76-minute turnaround.

The women’s final will be between top-seeded Dane Line Hansen, who beat Nicolette Fernandes in straight games, and Sarah-Jane Perry, the in-form Englishwoman who beat second-seeded compatriot Lauren Briggs in four games to reach a third consecutive final.

Arthur reports on the semis

Well, here in Toluca we await hopefully a much easier and shorter day, with just two Women’s semi finals and two men’s semi finals.

[7] Sarah Jane Perry (ENG) beat [3] Lauren Briggs (ENG). 11/0, 8/11, 11/9, 11/3. 41 mins.

Sarah Jane started off in ominous mood, sailing through the first game to a whitewash 11/0. Lauren got into the game much better in the second and the score was kept level up to 7/7 but then Lauren found another gear to serve out to win 11/8.

SJ started the third better to take a 5/2 lead, Lauren eased up to level at 6/6, then took the lead at 9/8, but SJ took the next three points to win the game 11/9.

Lauren unfortunately had little to offer in the fourth as SJ swept through to win 11/3 and take the match 3 – 0 to progress to the final.

Unfortunately rain had started to blow into the left hand side of the court so there was an hold up in play for nearly an hour while court staff rigged up some extra cover.

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) beat [4] Peter Barker (ENG) 11/1, 11/4, 11/1. 32 mins.

After the delay in play both players, who had struggled to keep themselves warm during the enforced delay, agreed to carry on with play.

Top seed Gregory obviously wanted to show the very large crowd that he was the best as he cruised through the games, giving Peter virtual any chance to make his mark in the match.

[2] Line Hansen (DEN) beat Nicolette Fernandez (GUY) 11/8, 11/6, 11/8. 38 mins.

The second Women’s semi was much more closely contested from the start as the previous match with the score very level in the first game up to7/7, but Line then showed her great strength to serve out at 11/8.

Nicolette fought very bravely to stay in the match, at times throwing herself across the court to keep the ball in play but overall Line proved the stronger to take the next two games and the match 3 – 0.

Omar Mossad (EGY) beat Simon Rosner (GER) 9/11, 7/11, 11/9, 11/9, 11/9. 76 mins.

Simon started this match slightly the stronger of two very powerful and tricky players, after taking a lead of 7/4 then 9/8, Omar took the next point but Simon served out to take the game 11/9.

Again in the second, from7/7 Simon stayed strong to serve out at 11/7. With both players fighting majestically throughout the next three games the score was kept very level until Omar eased out at the end to take each game 11/9 and made his way into the final to face Gregory tomorrow.

Well, at the end of another packed night of great squash, being interrupted by the rain and still in the freezing cold, we look forward to two great finals to come tomorrow.

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