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CELEBRATION: Gregory Gaultier shows his delight after winning the World Championship

Worlds Update: Gaultier Lifts 2015 World Championship Title


French No.1 Gregory Gaultier is the new World Champion and will rise to the summit of the World Rankings after beating Omar Mosaad in the PSA Men’s World Championship final – cueing emotional scenes after the Frenchman finally lifted the iconic title after four previous final defeats.

Gaultier, who beat former World No.1 James Willstrop to reach the final, was magnificent throughout the 58-minute final and showed no signs of nervousness as his stunning movement round court and punishing drives enabled him to open up a two-game lead.

Mosaad stormed into action at the beginning of the third, going 4-0 up and then 7-3 up to evoke memories of the 2006 final where the Frenchman threw away a two-game advantage and five match balls to succumb to a defeat to Australia’s David Palmer in his first World Championship final appearance.

However, there was to be no repeat performance and the Frenchman battled back with renewed vigour to complete an 11-6, 11-7, 12-10 victory to add his name to the sport’s most prestigious trophy and end years of heartbreak.

“It’s unbelievable, there’s no words that can describe this feeling,” said a tearful Gaultier

“It’s better late than never. Since I was a kid it was always my dream to win this tournament. Maybe in the past I put too much pressure on myself.

“I remember my first experience at 23-years-old in front of the pyramids in Egypt. I had five match balls and I remember at that point I started to feel like a kind of asthma. My head was shaky and frozen.

“I couldn’t finish off the match but you always learn from losses and it was an experience. I lost four times and I kept wondering if it was ever going to happen. I just kept on believing in myself, kept on working hard. I was always disciplined.”With his victory coming just days after the atrocities that shook his native country, Gaultier reiterated his belief for respect in all walks of life and and also took time out to praise his backroom team who helped make his dream possible.“Our hearts were broken, all the French people and all around the world,” he said.“So many people came to talk to me and support me about it. There should be peace in this world and respect. Whoever you are you have to give respect to people. There should be no terror and today we put on a great fight, but it was a fight with respect on and off court.

“My team did an unbelievable job. They made me feel warm and when I got here I felt a bit sick. All the friends I had helped me to go through this sickness.“For seven days I was struggling but after my quarter-final I started to feel better. I got rid of it and they made me feel so comfortable that I just had to remain focused on my squash. I felt good, it felt like home and I’m surrounded with friends. You can only play well in these kinds of conditions.”Mosaad was gracious in defeat and was happy with his performances in the event which will see him overtake compatriot Ramy Ashour at a career-best World No.4 position next month.“I think that I did a good job in this tournament,” the World No.6 said.

“I had very tough matches, especially from the second round, and I’m really glad to play very well. I’m really happy with my performance today and I wanted to thank everyone that came today. “Gaultier is such an experienced player and to play against him is really hard. He played really well, put me in trouble and I think that I’m really happy to reach the final and I’m looking forward to my next tournament."

There was double delight for the Frenchman meanwhile whose stunning triumph sees him climb above Mohamed Elshorbagy to reach the World No.1 spot for the first time since October last year.

“It’s my fourth time as World No.1, it’s always a target,” said the 32-year-old.

“I train to become the best and it’s magic when it happens. It is the cherry on the top and it’s amazing to share with the people around me.”

Result – Final: PSA Men’s World Championship 2015 k
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [7] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 12-10 (58m)

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