Egypt’s Amr Shabana came through an intriguing battle with Frenchman Gregory Gaultier to take the title at the ATCO World Series Squash Finals today, whilst World number one Nicol David continued her domination of the women’s game with victory at the famous Queen’s Club, London.
Nicol David (Mas) bt Madeline Perry (Irl) 11/9, 11/9, 11/9 (41m)
Amr Shabana (Egy) bt Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 6/11, 12/10, 11/7, 7/11, 11/8 (91m)
Shabana avenged his defeat to Gaultier in the event’s group stage earlier in the week, eventually winning the epic battle 6/11, 12/10, 11/7, 7/11, 11/8 in 91 minutes. The thrilling encounter was an exhibition of the highest calibre squash for the sell-out crowd at Queen’s and audience of its live broadcast on Sky Sports.
On winning his first title on English soil, the 2012 ATCO World Series Squash Finals Champion, Shabana said: “I was nearly out of the sport last year. If it wasn’t for my family and friends – like Greg – I think I would have retired. I live on to fight one more day.”
Gaultier added: “To me, he is still the best player and a great example to the younger players.”
David takes women’s title
Women’s World No.1 Nicol David closed out three tight games to come through her final test in straight sets against Madeline Perry. Perry will feel like she had to opportunity to test the World Champion to a greater extent after the first two games but ultimately fell to an 11/9, 11/9, 11/9 (41m) defeat.
David said: “Madeline is a strong contender and came out flying from the start. All of the games were close and I had to concentrate at the end of each to finish them off. I’m really happy to have won.”