Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro both lost their Allam British Open finals in Hull today as Gregory Gaultier and Nicol David overcame the English world champions.
Massaro lost 3-1 to a dominant David 8-11 11-5 11-7 11-8 who regained the British Open title after losing to Massaro in last year’s final.
David, claiming her fifth British Open title, was thrilled with the result: “To win the British Open means the world, Laura played a great match today and I really had to dig deep to win this title back.”
In the men’s final, a scintillating performance from world number one Gaultier saw off Matthew 11-3 11-6 11-2 in 45 minutes.
"Greg got off to a great start and that was key, he just carried it on. Sometimes you just have to say someone is too good, and I think that is the case today,” Matthew said.
The finals were watched by sponsor and Hull City owner Dr. Assem Allam who arrived from London following his side’s 3-2 FA Cup final defeat against Arsenal on Saturday.
“The finals were most enjoyable. I managed to come from London just in time, it was a rush. We had a late night last night because we had a party for the players and their families, but we managed to make it.
“Squash means a lot to me, that’s why I sponsored the tournament. It is a family interest, not just mine. It isn’t like a corporate sponsorship, it’s a family thing. My children play squash, my grandchildren play squash. It has been in the family for a long time,” Allam said.
Matthew and Massaro will now take some time off from training before their preparations for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow begin.