Once again from the city of Hull in England, the tournament with the most prestigious history in squash, the tournament that every player dreams of winning, the Wimbledon of Squash!
This time, and for the first time in my life, I was seeded fourth which gave me a confidence boost to beat UK’s Chris Simpson on the first round and then overcoming Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad (3-0) who had taken me down last time we played in Chicago.
Once installed in quarter finals it was time to face another Egyptian: Talented Tarek Momen. Tarek is known for his agile game and his wrist tricks which always deliver an entertaining match between two fierce players who craved a spot in the semis. That night after a fast paced, thrilling match, the score was 11-8, 5-11, 11-5, 11-7 (3-1) to my advantage.
In semifinals it was once again a battle against Gregory Gaultier. The first and third game were very close, but the Frenchman’s experience and tricks took me down for a final score of 9-11, 3-11, 9-11 (0-3) and a ticket home for the end of the season.