Shabana Crowned U.S. Open Champion
Philadelphia, PA. — The weeklong Delaware Investments U.S. Open squash tournament culminated last night in a match pitting two of Dunlop’s top Tour Team members, Nick Matthew and Amr Shabana, against one another. As the top ranked player in the world, Nick Matthew was the favorite going in, but it was the Egyptian Shabana who left the glass court victorious after a 51 minute four game final he won going away 11/9, 8/11, 11/2, 11/4.
In the first two games, the crowd in Philadelphia saw each player battle back from an early deficit to produce some end-of-game drama. In the first game it was the Englishman Matthew who used his Dunlop Biomimetic Evolution 130 to claw back from a 6-1 deficit, only to go down 11-9. Then in the second game, Shabana upped the ante by coming back from an 8-1 hole using his Biomimetic Ultimate, only to fall 11-8. From that point forward, Shabana dominated as Matthew began to struggle physically. The final two games lasted a total of only 15 minutes. This is Shabana’s second U.S. Open title in three years.
“First we’d like to congratulate U.S. Squash for putting on a great tournament in Philadelphia this past week,” said Steve Hall, Director of Marketing for Dunlop Racket Sports. “As the leading brand in squash, and a big supporter of U.S. Squash, it was great to see the event first-hand on the campus of Drexel University. This was the perfect setting for squash enthusiasts to see the new line of Biomimetic rackets, and having both of the men’s finalists come from our stable of players further enhanced Dunlop’s position as the world’s number one squash brand. We’re already looking forward to the event next year.”
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