Gaultier Reigns Supreme At US Open
19 October 2013
RESULTS: PSA World Series Delaware
Investments US Open, Philadelphia, USA
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt  Nick Matthew
(ENG) 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (51m)
After the longest gap between title wins
in the history of the event, 2006 champion Gregory Gaultier
clinched the 2013 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash
Championships title after beating former champion Nick
Matthew in straight games in the final of the fifth PSA
World Series event of the year at Drexel University
It was a supreme performance by the
top-seeded Frenchman who was celebrating his fourth successive
appearance in a PSA World Tour event final since May -
and carved his way through the world-class field without
dropping a game.
World No2 Gaultier took early leads in all
three games - 6-1, 4-1 and 5-2 - and only in the second did
third seed Matthew, the world No4 from England, threaten to
close the gap.
The climax between two of the sport's
former world number ones took 51 minutes to complete - the
second game alone lasting more than 20 minutes - with Gaultier
concluding his masterclass in an 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 scoreline.
"It's amazing," said the delighted
30-year-old from Aix-en-Provence. "The last time I won this was
2006 so to win it again here in this great venue is like a
"I gave 500% today, I tried to play fast
and use a lot of variation as he's so strong in the middle of
the court," explained Gaultier - after notching up the 25th PSA
World Tour title of his career.
"For me it's my fifth tournament in a row,
Nick has only just started after five months off, so I have the
matches in my legs - maybe that was the difference tonight.
"I'm sure he'll come back strong, maybe we
can have another match in the World Open final next week!
"The sponsors, the organisation and the
venue here are all fantastic, and they're doing great things in
helping to raise the women's game too."
Matthew, the 33-year-old from Sheffield
who 24 hours earlier extended his seven-year winning run over
fellow countryman James Willstrop to 16 matches, summed
up his feeling about the final later on Twitter.
"Sometimes you have to hold your hands up
and say that despite giving it everything you were beaten by the
better player," tweeted the 2007 champion.