Shock as Castagnet beats world no.1 in Manchester

Castagnet described the victory as “the best win of his career” and thanked the Manchester crowd for their support. 


ElShorbagy, having just returned for the World Championship final, struggled to find his best form despite taking the first game.  Castagnet was relentless in his accuracy frustrating the Egyptian and forcing him to make the errors. 


“I’m so pleased, I’ve been working so hard over the past year.  People used to say to me I might not have enough talent but that just spurred me on and now I’ve just beaten the world number one!” exclaimed the 28 year old. 


The Frenchman will now face Columbian Miguel Angel Rodriquez after he beat up and coming English star Adrian Waller. 


In the top half of the draw Nick Matthew will face Gregory Gaultier in a mouth-watering rematch and repeat of the 2013 World Championship final in Manchester after he beat Daryl Selby in the day’s first quarter final. 


In front of a capacity crowd Matthew was involved in an entertaining match with his English teammate. After going two games up the Yorkshireman was pinned back as Selby fought his way into the match with some extravagant dives and retrievals much to the delight of the crowd. 


However, the world number three quickly got over the set back with a convincing fourth game to take the match and set up a semi-final clash with Frenchman and old rival Gregory Gaultier. 


“It’s always a tough game against Daryl, he’s top 10 in the world and we’ve got such a strong English team it’s always hard when you face a teammate,” said Matthew. 


“The crowd were applauding good squash today but hopefully they will be more partisan when I face Greg tomorrow,” added Matthew. 


Gaultier looked in fierce form as he dismissed Londoner Peter Barker 11/3, 11/4, 11/2. 


Speaking afterwards Gaultier explained: “I enjoy playing in Manchester, I won the 2007 British Open here so it does have some good memories.  I always have an interesting match with Nick.  I really admire him, he’s very strong and has beat me in two World Open finals here in Manchester.  We are friends off court and I do like him but sometimes it’s difficult to like him!” 


[3] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [6] Daryl Selby (ENG) 11/9, 11/4, 7/11, 11/5 (77m) 
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) [5] Peter Barker (ENG) 11/3, 11/4, 11/2 (43m) 


[7] Miguel Angel Rodriquez (COL) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 13/11, 7/11, 11/2, 11/7 (54m)
[8] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [2] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) 7/11, 11/9, 11/1, 12/10 (71m)


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There was a big shock in the quarter finals of the AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix asMathieu Castagnet beat the current world number one Mohamed ElShorbagy.