Gaultier retains Swedish Open Title!

"Against Nick, it's always even and it's important to defend the T-position", Gaultier said after the match (photo: Mikael Dund)."Against Nick, it's always even and it's important to defend the T-position", Gaultier said after the match (photo: Mikael Dund).

A scintillating performance by Gregory Gaultier (le) in the final of the Case Swedish Open saw the Frenchman beat England’s world No2 Nick Matthew (ri) in straight games to retain the Swedish Open title in Linköping, Sweden.

It was the dream climax of the biggest event in continental Europe which was celebrating its tenth anniversary – in which Matthew was marking his fifth successive final appearance since 2004, and denied a record fourth title. The clash brought up the 50th Tour final of Gaultier’s career – and produced his 23rd title!

World No4 Gaultier took control of the match and recorded his fourth straight games win in a row to clinch the title 11-3, 10-12, 11-9 in 72 minutes.

“I am very pleased with the match,” said the 30-year-old from Aix-en-Provence as he collected his trophy. “Me and Nick know each other well and have played against each other since junior time.

Final:
[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [1] Nick Matthew (ENG) 11-3, 12-10, 11-9 (72m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Tarek Momen (EGY) w/o
[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [3] Peter Barker (ENG) 11-6, 11-3, 11-2 (30m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (37m)
Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 20-18, 11-3, 11-9 (55m)
[3] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Simon Rosner (GER) 11-8, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9 (70m)
[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 12-10, 11-5, 11-3 (53m)

1st round:
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-6, 11-5, 11-3 (36m)
Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [Q] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 11-7, 10-12, 8-11, 11-7, 11-2 (64m)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 10-12, 11-5 (88m)
Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [4] Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 (78m)
[3] Peter Barker (ENG) bt [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (46m)
Simon Rosner (GER) bt Rasmus Hult (SWE) 11-7, 11-3, 11-3 (35m)
Tom Richards (ENG) bt [Q] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) 11-7, 11-7, 13-15, 11-7 (40m)
[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (53m)

Qualifying finals:
Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (27m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 (34m)
Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 (31m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Siddharth Suchde (IND) 11-9, 11-4, 11-2 (43m)

1st qualifying round:
Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) bt Robbie Temple (ENG) 11-8, 11-7, 3-11, 11-5
Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Andre Wikstrom (SWE) 11-2, 11-3, 11-5
Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) bt Carl Remle (SWE) 11-9, 11-7, 11-6
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Joey Barrington (ENG) 11-9, 11-8, 11-7
Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt Steven Finitsis (AUS) 2-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 12-10
Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) bt Anthony Graham (ENG) 11-7, 11-8, 11-4
Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt Romain Tenant (SWE) 11-9, 11-4, 11-3
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Eddie Charlton (ENG) 10-12, 5-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-7
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