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Squash: Matthew wins third world title, Gaultier loses fourth final

Nick Matthew won the World Championship for the third time in four years when he inflicted yet another near miss on Gregory Gaultier by 11-9, 11-9, 11-13, 7-11, 11-2. It was the fourth time the Frenchman had lost in a world final, as he sought to emulate the 2004 achievement of Thierry Lincou, the only Frenchman to have won the world title so far. For Matthew, aged 33, it was a wonderful reward for longevity and persistence, as he is only a few weeks younger than Geoff Hunt, the Australian who became the oldest male world champion when he won his last world title in 1980.

Squash: Brilliant Ashour seeks to rescue his career

Ramy Ashour, the brightest talent and the most popular player of the past two decades, has vowed to return home to Cairo to find a way to rescue his career. The 26-year-old Egyptian's superb 18-month unbeaten run came to a disastrous end in yesterday's World Championships when multiple leg injuries forced him to retire against England's Nick Matthew in the semi-finals.

Squash: Injury thwarts Ashour as Matthew, Gaultier make final

Ramy Ashour lost his world title and saw his unbeaten 53-match sequence halted when a calf injury caused him to retire at one game all against Nick Matthew in the semi-finals of the World Championships on Saturday. The sport's most brilliant player and most charismatic personality was reduced to a sombre figure, close to tears, at having dreams of repeating his world title triumph in Manchester five years ago shattered.

Squash: Injury thwarts Ashour's hopes of title defence

Ramy Ashour lost his world title and saw his unbeaten 53-match sequence halted when a calf injury caused him to retire at one game all against Nick Matthew in the semi-finals of the World Championships. The sport's most brilliant player and most charismatic personality was reduced to a sombre figure, close to tears, at having dreams of repeating his world title triumph here in Manchester five years ago shattered.

Squash: World Championships results

Results from world squash championships at Manchester on Saturday (x denotes seeding): Nick Matthew (ENGx4) bt Ramy Ashour (EGYx1) 6-11, 11-2 retired afp

Squash: World championship results - collated

Results from world squash championships at Manchester on Thursday (x denotes seeding): Quarter-finals Ramy Ashour (EGY x1) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-9, 11-5, 11-9 Nick Matthew (ENG x4) bt Amr Shabana (EGY x8) 11-8, 11-4, 11-7 afp

Squash: Ashour defies injury to reach world semi-finals

World champion Ramy Ashour admitted that he had to overcome an injury as well as a history-making opponent before reaching the semi-finals in defence of his title on Thursday. The Egyptian hinted that he was happy to have played at all after winning 11-9, 11-5, 11-9 against Saurav Ghosal, the first Indian ever to reach the World Championship quarter-finals. There were moments when Ashour was trailing 4-7 and 6-9 in the first game when it seemed that all might not be well.

Squash: Gaultier carving out a great last chance

Gregory Gaultier's hurtling progress into the quarter-finals of the world championships is causing even sceptics in the Frenchman's camp to feel that this could belatedly be the time he becomes the champion. Gaultier's 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 victory over Tarek Momen of Egypt both brushed aside a top ten player and carried him to a rest day and a change of venue without losing a game and conceding a mere 54 points in three matches.

Squash: World championship results -- 1st update

Results from world squash championships at Manchester on Tuesday (x denotes seeded payer): 2nd rd Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Alister Walker (BOT x15) 11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7 Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Peter Barker (ENG x7) 2-11, 4-11, 11-6, retired Ramy Ashour (EGY x1) bt Fares Dessouki (EGY) 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 Omar Mosaad (EGY x11) bt Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 11-5, 11-4, 13-11 Nick Matthew (ENG x4) bt Max Lee (HKG) 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 Amr Shabana (EGY x8) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 11-8, 11-7, 12-14, 11-6

Squash:Ashour suffers early scare in world title defence

Ramy Ashour, the strongest favourite to retain the world squash championship in two decades, began his title defence with a scare during which he almost went two games down. The brilliantly gifted Egyptian has gone 45 matches unbeaten but slipped to a game and 8-10 down to Laurens Jan Anjema, the former top ten Dutchman, before winning his 46th by 10-12, 13-11, 11-3, 11-4.
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