The Allam British Open has staged some of the greatest matches of all time throughout its distinguished 87 year history – re-live some of the most dramatic matches to take place in front of the SQUASHTV cameras below.
2016 Men’s British Open Semi-Final: Ramy Ashour v Gregory Gaultier
Four months after almost calling time on his career due to yet another episode in his torrid injury history, the enigmatic three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour returned to action during March’s British Open, setting up a semi-final clash with perennial rival Gregory Gaultier – the reigning World Champion who was also returning from a three-month injury lay-off.
Ashour looked to be heading into the final after going two games ahead, only to see Gaultier fight back with improved composure and control in the front of the court to bring the match back to all square and set up a deciding fifth game – where he stormed to a 5-0 lead to leave Ashour on the verge of exiting the iconic tournament.
2016 Women’s British Open Semi-Final: Nouran Gohar v Camille Serme
World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar and defending champion Camille Serme met in a thrilling semi-final in the 2016 edition of the British Open that will go down as one of the tournament’s best ever matches.
Gohar – aiming to become the second youngest British Open finalist of all time – played with pace and precision to build up a two-game lead after Serme struggled to deal with the consistency of Gohar’s hitting, but a stunning fightback from Serme then ensued as the then World No.4 struck back to draw level and set up a nail-biting fifth-game showdown.
2015 Men’s British Open Final: Mohamed Elshorbagy v Gregory Gaultier
The 2016 final saw Elshorbagy make his debut final appearance in the prestigious tournament against defending champion Gaultier.
What followed was a brutal battle that saw both player’s wear each other down with a series of punishing rallies as both players sought to make their mark in Hull.
2015 Women’s British Open Semi-Final: Laura Massaro v Nicol David
Home favourite Laura Massaro and title holder Nicol David went head-to-head two years ago in an electric semi-final that was a repeat of both the 2013 and 2014 finals.
David showcased all of her stunning skill in the opening two games as she powered into the lead and left Massaro with it all to do as the Englishman looked to reach a third consecutive British Open final.
2014 Men’s British Open Semi-Final: Nick Matthew v Mohamed Elshorbagy
Three-time winner Nick Matthew came into the 2014 British Open having won the tournament in two of the previous three years it had been held and went up against Elshorbagy, then ranked at World No.3, in a gruelling semi-final matchup.
Both players put everything into a match that saw each rally greeted with a crescendo of noise from a capacity crowd. After going a game down, Matthew hit back to take the second on the tie-break and responded with a snarl worthy of his nickname, ‘The Wolf’, as he launched another assault on the famous title.
2013 Women’s British Open Final: Laura Massaro v Nicol David
Massaro was aiming to become the first Englishwoman to lift the British Open crown since Lisa Opie 22 years previously, while David returned to defend the title she won the year before against Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini.
Held in the KC Stadium, Hull, Massaro and David tried to outmanoeuvre and outthink each other in a tactical and highly-entertaining affair.
2012 Men’s British Open Semi-Final: Ramy Ashour v James Willstrop
Egyptian maverick Ashour had come through a difficult five-game thriller against the legendary Amr Shabana in the previous round and came up against ‘The Marksman’ James Willstrop, World No.1 at the time, in the last four.
Some breathtaking skill and flamboyant shot-making was on show in a fixture that encapsulated both combatant’s unparalleled accuracy, with hundreds of captivated spectators in attendance at London’s 02 Arena.