GREGORY GAULTIER WINS MACAU OPEN

Top seed Gregory Gaultier, the world No.3 from France, sailed through to the final of the men's $52,500 5-star PSA Tour event without dropping a game. 

 

In the 30th PSA Tour final appearance of his career - and his fifth this year - Gaultier faced tour rival Karim Darwish, the Egyptian who succeeded him as world No2 in the Dunlop PSA rankings.

 

But it was Gaultier's day as the 25-year-old from Aix-en-Provence despatched second seed Darwish to win the 14th Tour title of his career.

 

Semi-finals:

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [Q] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) 11-2, 11-5, 11-4

[2] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt [4] Thierry Lincou (FRA) 8-11, 13-11, 11-4, 11-3

 

Quarter-finals:

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [8] Alister Walker (ENG) 11-9, 11-2, 11-4

[Q] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [3] Nick Matthew (ENG) 8-11, 15-13, 11-9, 11-5

[4] Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt [Q] Julien Balbo (FRA) 11-8, 11-8, 11-4

[2] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt Chris Ryder (ENG) 11-3, 11-3, 11-5

 

1st round:

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [Q] Julian Illingworth (USA) 11-8, 11-3, 11-5

[8] Alister Walker (ENG) bt Jonathan Kemp (ENG) 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-5

[3] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Armando Amante (MAC) 11-4, 11-4, 11-6

[Q] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [5] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) 11-7, 10-12, 11-1, 7-11, 11-7

[Q] Julien Balbo (FRA) bt [6] Olli Tuominen (FIN) 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10

[4] Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt Renan Lavigne (FRA) 11-9, 11-7, 11-6

Chris Ryder (ENG) bt [7] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 5-11, 11-5

[2] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-3, 11-8, 11-5

 

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Macau Open, Macau

Final:

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [2] Karim Darwish (EGY) 11-6, 11-9, 11-5

 

Frenchman Gregory Gaultier secured the 2008 Macau Open title by overcoming Egypt’s Karim Darwish 11-6 11-9 11-5 in Macau, the first European colony in China.