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Allam British Open: Classic Encounters

There is just one week to go until the start of the iconic Allam British Open, when the tournament takes place between May 15-20 at Hull’s Airco Arena.

The tournament has seen some of the greatest players of all time battle it out to lift the iconic trophy throughout its storied history and we take a look back at some classic encounters that the SQUASHTV cameras were there to capture.

2017 Women’s British Open Semi-Finals: Laura Massaro v Nour El Sherbini

England’s Laura Massaro was left staring down the barrel of defeat against World No.1 Nour El Sherbini in this epic semi-final encounter as the Egyptian went 2-0 up.

Could the Englishwoman turn things around to reach the final?

2016 Women’s British Open Final: Nour El Sherbini v Nouran Gohar

Both players were looking to make squash history by becoming the first ever female Egyptian winner of the tournament when they went head-to-head in this conclusion of the 2016 edition.

The lead changed hands multiple times throughout this 75-minute battle with both players trading points with gusto in a tight-contested and highly charged battle.

2016 Men’s British Open Semi-Finals: Ramy Ashour v Gregory Gaultier

Ashour returned to action after a four-month injury lay-off as he competed with ‘French General’ Gregory Gaultier for a place in the final.

A capacity crowd in Hull’s Airco Arena were treated to an absolute classic of a match, with loud applause greeting each culmination of a serious of brutal and breathtaking rallies.

2015 Men’s British Open Final: Mohamed ElShorbagy v Gregory Gaultier

The 2015 final saw World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy make his first ever final appearance at the iconic event against defending champion Gregory Gaultier.

What followed was a brutal battle that saw both players wear each 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 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 Englishwoman 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 last three years it had been held and came up against Mohamed ElShorbagy, then ranked number three in the world, 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

Laura Massaro was aiming to become the first Englishwoman to lift the British Open crown since Lisa Opie 22 years previously while Nicol 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 Ramy Ashour had come through a difficult five-game thriller against Amr Shabana in the previous round and came up against ‘The Marksman’ James Willstrop, the World No.1, in the last four.

Some breath-taking skill and flamboyancy was on show in a fixture that encapsulated both combatant’s unparalleled accuracy which captivated hundreds of enraptured spectators.

Qualifying for the tournament takes place from May 13-14 at the University of Hull Sports and Fitness Centre, while the main draw is at the Airco Arena between May 15-20 with the exception of 23 of the 32 first round matches on May 15, which will be staged at the university.

Matches held on the glass court at the Airco Arena will be shown on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only) while the semi-finals and finals will be shown live on mainstream broadcast channels around the world, such as BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.

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