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Ramy Ashour wins NetSuite Open after injury comeback
After a five-month injury layoff, Ramy Ashour has bounced back to win his 37th PSA World Tour title, after he impressively beat three-time world champion Nick Matthew in the final of NetSuite Open, PSA M100 tournament.
Ashour’s injury in April was the latest in a string of problems that have dogged him since his enforced exit against Matthew in the 2013 World Championship semi-finals.
Ramy won the first game without really going into top gear, before Matthew came back in the second one to win 11-9 after a contentious overrule for the decisive point.
Nevertheless, the Egyptian roared back into the lead, winning 11-5 and 11-4 in the third and fourth games to convincingly claim the title.
Ashour stated that he is happy to be back and he is honored to win the title for the second time, after his win over Gregory Gaultier in the 2013 NetSuite Open final.
“It feels great to be back in San Francisco and to win this title for a second time,” Ashour said.
“I’ve always had a great rivalry with Nick and we’ve gone back and forth against each other over the years. He’s a great athlete and a great ambassador for the sport and it takes a lot to beat him – he keeps you on your toes and you really have to dig in against him.
“Every time I go on court I try to give 100 percent. I’m always trying to learn from every player on court because there is so little between the top players these days. I know what I can do on court but it can be anyone’s victory on any day.”
Commenting on the event, Ashour said: “San Francisco has been very special for me – everything about being here is great and the atmosphere is fantastic. There’s a lot of effort that goes into putting on an event like this and all the guys behind the scenes have been amazing.
“It’s been great to be here this week and hopefully I’ll be back to compete again next year,” he concluded.