Ashour wins first Australian Open crown!

Egypt’s Ramy Ashour (pic ri) showed just why he is considered the most exciting squash player in the world when he came from behind to overcome defending champion Nick Matthew (pic le) and win an enthralling Australian Open final in Canberra. Ashour was forced to dig deep into his considerable bag of tricks to see off the world No1 12-14, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8, 11-4 in a high quality match. Both men played some spectacular squash throughout but the 22-year-old Egyptian finished stronger than his 30-year-old English opponent. Ashour won the Australian Open title for the 1st time and is the 1st Egyptian to win the Australian crown. “It’s such a great thing to win the Australian Open, I’ve been thinking about this since last year when I lost to Nick,” Ashour said.