Rampant Ramy Makes It Nine At NetSuite Open
2 October 2013
RESULTS: PSA International 70 NetSuite Open, San
 Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt  Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
11-4, 7-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-2 (68m)
Egypt's indestructible squash force Ramy Ashour marched
through to his ninth PSA World Tour title in a row - and
extended his unbeaten Tour run to 45 matches since May last year
- when he dethroned NetSuite Open champion Gregory
Gaultier in the final of the PSA International 70
event in San Francisco to win the title for the first
It was "all squash fans anywhere could have asked for" said
promoter John Nimick when asked about the final of the
2013 NetSuite Open Squash Championship - staged spectacularly on
an all-glass court erected on the South Lawn at Justin
Herman Plaza on the San Francisco waterfront, backed by
views of the renowned Ferry Building and Bay Bridge
(see picture below).
It was the dream climax between the world's top two players -
Ashour, the world No1 from Cairo who was celebrating his 12th
successive PSA final since December 2011 - and title-holder
Gaultier, the world No2 from France who arrived in California
with a second successive PSA International 70 Abierto
Mexicano de Raquetas title under his belt.
"Greg was slower in the first and seemingly more unfocused than
Ramy but the second and third contained some of the most
ferocious, first pumping, shout out finishing shots ever seen on
the pro tour," explained Nimick.
"Gaultier was a tiger throughout game two and three. Ramy stayed
close but hit several tins, looking up at the night sky and
speaking to himself constantly.
"Ramy pulled away quickly in game four at which point Greg
managed himself physically as the game slipped away.
"Gaultier came out with intensity in the earlier going of game
five and the incredible gets and rallies were welcomed by what
seemed to be a partisan Gaultier crown," Nimick continued.
"But the masterful Ashour stormed to a 9-2 lead before closing
11-2 and winning his first NetSuite Open title."
The 11-4, 7-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-2 triumph in 68 minutes - his
fourth in a final against Gaultier in the past 12 months - takes
Ashour's Tour title haul to 32 from 47 final appearances.
NetSuite Open images courtesy of Andreas Hofweber