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Gaultier reclaims top spot following British Open triumph

Gregory Gaultier’s four-game victory over crowd favourite Nick Matthew at the Allam British Open saw the Frenchman return to the top of the men’s squash world rankings, with on hand at the Airco Arena in Hull to provide in-depth reporting and analysis from the latest PSA World Series event.

The 33-year-old can now look forward to participating in the Finals, which will take place in Dubai this summer.  

“Last year's tournament was amazing, with the way it was organised and the atmosphere next to the Burj Khalifa,” Gaultier revealed to Vision Sport.

“I have very fond memories of winning the Finals three times, especially last year in Dubai for the first time. I was really impressed with everything.”

In the women’s draw, Laura Massaro became the first English woman in 66 years to lift a second British Open title after defeating compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry in four games.

With the women’s World Series tour now over, Massaro will be making preparations to defend the Finals crown she won in Dubai last year, having comfortably qualified for June’s season-ending tournament as one of the top eight-ranked female players.

“I think the World Series events have shown that whoever plays well during the week is the one who is going to come away with the trophy,” she told Vision Sport.

“I don't see why Dubai will be any different.”