Gaultier Takes 2014 Windy City Crown
Gregory Gaultier lifted the 2014 METROsquash Windy City Open
title at the University Club of Chicago today, following a 3-0
victory over Egyptian World No.3 Ramy Ashour.
The Frenchman took just 25 minutes to ease past a visibly
hampered Ashour, whose recent run of bad luck with injuries
appeared to resurface in his eighth title match-up with Gaultier,
taking the match 11-7, 11-3, 11-4.
The victory gave Gaultier his first win over the Cairo-native in
nine attempts, but he celebrated in reserved fashion.
“It is tough to win in this way and it
makes it hard to enjoy the victory in the same way,”
said a subdued Gaultier after the match.
“It is not enjoyable when you see your
opponent injured and he has had so many injuries in the past and
it is a shame as he is such an unbelievable player.
“But I am happy with how I played through
the whole week. I had some tough matches and of course I’m happy
to win the trophy as it is these moments that we all work so
Victory saw Gaultier add to his 25 PSA World tour titles exactly
a decade after losing in his last appearing in the final at the
University Club of Chicago, when he lost to Nick Matthew, and
lift a trophy for the first time since the 2013 US Open in
“I’ve lost a few finals here and a few in
my career and obviously I always try to change that,”
“The level of competition with guys like
Ramy, Nick (Matthew), Mohamed (Elshorbagy) and all the others
guys is so tough that there are only small things that make the
“Without all my team at home and the
support of my family and sponsors I would never be in these
finals and these moments would never happen so I’m really
thankful to them.”
Speaking after the match, Ashour said:
“I’m happy I reached the final today but I
felt a little niggle.
“Sometimes these things get in the way of
your dreams but that takes noting away from Greg’s win as he’s
an incredible athlete.”
2014 Windy City Open: Final Result:
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt  Ramy Ashour (EGY) 3-0: 11-7,
11-3, 11-4 [25 minutes]