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Super Shabana crowned king of New York

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Shabana derails Gaultier with power show as he’s crowned ToC champion

By LEE HORTON – Squash Mad

EGYPTIAN squash maestro Amr Shabana dominated Gregory Gaultier in the final of last night’s 2014 J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions, beating the Frenchman 3-0 to seal the title in New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

Shabana was in ominous form from the very first point, looking back to his best, and displayed the calibre of talent that saw him occupy the number one ranking for over 30 consecutive months between 2006 and 2008.

Shabana’s victory, his first PSA World Series event title since 2011, also prevents Gaultier from becoming World No.1 outright in February as the Aix En Provance man now goes level with England’s Nick Matthew atop the rankings.

“Greg wasn’t maybe at his 100 per cent best tonight but I took full advantage of that,” said Shabana.

“I can remember so many times when he has beat me 3-0 when I have been playing my best so I’m happy to win today especially as it has been eight years since I last won the title here and playing a final here is such an amazing experience.

“Everything came together for me this week. You can do all the training you want but you still need things to go your way and that’s what happened for me this week so I’m going to remember it for a long time.

“I had a tough few years with injury and every time you get injured you don’t know if you’ll be back again. I’ve had moments when I’ve thought that would be it for me but luckily I’ve kept my head down and I’m ok for now.”

Picture courtesy of Steve Line (SquashPics) – courtesy of Tournament of Champions website

Posted on January 25, 2014

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Lee Horton

Former Sun, Mirror, People and Sunday Express sports executive. Knows a bit about newspapers and the art of talking a good game. Brighter than some but a way to go to match others.

1 Comment

  1. Peter Bryttne January 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Congratulations Shabana!
    You are such a credit to our sport!!
    I sincerely hope we will get the opportunity to see you here in Sweden one day.
    All the best for your squash year 2014!!

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