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Massaro & Gaultier Win US Open Titles

18 Oct 2015

England's Laura Massaro and Frenchman Gregory Gaultier have been crowned the 2015 Delaware Investments US Open champions - Massaro emerging triumphant in a gritty five game women's final against Egypt's Nour El Tayeb while Gaultier defeated Omar Mosaad to lift the men's trophy for the third time after surviving the shortest men's final on record.

Massaro displayed the tenacious fighting spirit that has epitomised her career, digging deep to come from two-games-to-one down against an in-form El Tayeb in the 68-minute women's final at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

"Winning this title feels extra special to me because of the break that I had from the sport earlier this year and going 18 months without a title before winning in Macau a few weeks ago," said Massaro after the 11-6, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7 triumph which marks her 16th PSA World Tour title.

"To win two tournaments in a month, and a major title such as the US Open, means a lot and I'm really proud with what I've achieved."

In the men's draw Gaultier backed up impressively from his five-game semi-final victory over World No.1 and 2014 champion Mohamed Elshorbagy to produce a polished performance against Mosaad, the sixth-seeded Egyptian who looked to be feeling the effects of his intense semi-final victory over three-time world champion Nick Matthew.

"Winning this title again in an amazing feeling - it's tough to describe it," said Gaultier after his 11-6, 11-3, 11-5 title triumph in just 38 minutes.

"You work hard all your life for these moments. I started playing squash when I was four years old and I always believed in my capacity that I could one day be a top player but it's a team effort to win tournaments like this.

"The individual lifts the trophy but there's a team behind me of physios, coaches, family and friends and all these people are the ones who keep you motivated," explained the world No.3 from Aix-en-Provence who now boasts 31 Tour titles.

"I've played well for ten days and I've had a great vibe with the crowd here so it's great to end the week on a high."

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