United States Open (squash)

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US Open
Logo US Squash Open 2015.png
Details
Event name United States Open
Location United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Venue Daskalakis Athletic Center
Website
www.usopensquash.com
PSA World Tour
Category World Series
Prize money $150,000
Most recent champion(s) Egypt Mohamed El Shorbagy
Current Men's United States Open (squash) 2016
WSA World Tour
Category World Series
Prize money $150,000
Most recent champion(s) France Camille Serme
Current Women's United States Open (squash) 2016

The U.S. Open (squash) is the most prestigious squash tournament in the United States, and one of the most significant in the world. It is a major international display of supreme talent in the sport, and showcases the top players from around the world.

In 2012 the U.S. Open squash championships was held from October 4-12 at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

The event forms part of the World Series for both the Professional Squash Association (PSA) and the Women's Squash Association (WSA), and is organized by the national governing body for squash in the United States, U.S. Squash.

The championship was inaugurated in 1954 as an opportunity for professionals and amateurs to compete against each other. Prior to the mid-1980s, the tournament was held using the hardball squash format (a North American version of squash, which uses a smaller court and a faster-moving ball than the international "softball" version). In 1966, the championship merged with the Canadian Open and became the North American Open. The North American Open continued to use the hardball format and came to establish itself as the most prestigious event in the hardball game. In 1985, the United States Open was reinstituted as a "softball" squash event using the international format. A separate North American Open competition has continued to run as a hardball event.

The glass show court used at the 2011 US Open Squash Championships hosted by Drexel University at the Daskalakis Athletic Center

The first championship final in 1954 saw the Boston amateur player Henri Salaun defeat the great Pakistani player Hashim Khan in Hashim's first foray to North America. Subsequently the championship came to be dominated by members of the Khan family for the next three decades. Hashim won the title three times between 1956 and 1963. His son Sharif Khan then captured the title a record 12 times in the 13-year period between 1969 and 1981. Four other members of their extended family also won the championship – Roshan Khan (three titles), Azam Khan (one title), Mo Khan (three titles), and Jahangir Khan (three titles – one hardball and two softball). Sharif's younger brother Aziz Khan also finished runner-up in 1981. Another Khan, Jansher Khan, also won three titles in the 1980s and 1990s. Jansher's last win in 1995 marks the last time that a Pakistani player won the title. In recent years, players from the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada have enjoyed success at the event.

Past results[edit]

Men's championship[edit]

David Palmer holding a plate trophy after winning the 2002 US Open.

United States Open Championship (softball)

Year Winner Runner-up Score
2016 Egypt Mohamed El Shorbagy England Nick Matthew 10-12, 12-14, 11-1, 11-4, 3-0 (retired)
2015 France Grégory Gaultier Egypt Omar Mosaad 11-6, 11-3, 11-5
2014 Egypt Mohamed El Shorbagy Egypt Amr Shabana 8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3
2013 France Grégory Gaultier England Nick Matthew 11-4, 11-5, 11-5
2012 Egypt Ramy Ashour France Grégory Gaultier 11-4, 11-9, 11-9
2011 Egypt Amr Shabana England Nick Matthew 11-9, 8-11, 11-2, 11-4
2010 Egypt Wael El Hindi Netherlands Laurens Jan Anjema 11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7
2009 Egypt Amr Shabana Egypt Ramy Ashour 11-7, 11-2, 7-11, 12-14, 11-8
2008 No competition
2007 England Nick Matthew England James Willstrop 11-7, 11-4, 11-7
2006 France Grégory Gaultier Egypt Amr Shabana 11-5, 7-11, 11-4, 11-9
2005 England Lee Beachill Australia David Palmer 11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 11-1, 11-8
2004 England Lee Beachill England Peter Nicol 11-8, 11-9, 11-9
2003 England Peter Nicol Australia David Palmer 15-10, 14-15, 15-14, 17-15
2002 Australia David Palmer Australia Stewart Boswell 15-13, 15-10, 15-11
2001 No competition
2000 Canada Jonathon Power England Simon Parke 15-3, 11-15, 15-12, 15-12
1999 England Simon Parke Canada Jonathon Power 15-13, 15-7, 8-15, 7-15, 15-13
1998 England Peter Nicol Canada Jonathon Power 10-15, 15-12, 15-11, 15-3
1997 Canada Jonathon Power England Simon Parke 15-6, 15-10, 15-9
1996 Australia Rodney Eyles England Peter Nicol 9-15, 17-15, 15-12, 15-17, 15-12
1995 Pakistan Jansher Khan England Simon Parke 15-11, 17-16, 15-8
1994 England Peter Nicol England Chris Walker 15-13, 15-9, 13-15, 12-15, 15-5
1993 Australia Rodney Eyles England Paul Lord 15-7, 15-11, 7-15, 15-12
1992 No competition
1991 Australia Rodney Martin Australia Brett Martin 15-11, 15-11, 13-15, 15-6
1990 Pakistan Jansher Khan Australia Chris Robertson 13-15, 15-5, 15-7, 15-7
1989 Australia Rodney Martin Pakistan Jansher Khan 15-9, 1-15, 15-12, 15-12
1988 Pakistan Jahangir Khan Australia Chris Dittmar 15-11, 15-6, 15-11
1987 Pakistan Jansher Khan Australia Chris Dittmar 15-7, 11-15, 15-1, 15-7
1986 New Zealand Stuart Davenport New Zealand Ross Norman 16-17, 5-15, 15-10, 15-10, 15-10
1985 Pakistan Jahangir Khan New Zealand Ross Norman 15-4, 15-5, 15-8

Women's championship[edit]

United States Open Championship (softball)

Year Winner Runner-up Score
2016 France Camille Serme Egypt Nour El Sherbini 11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9
2015 England Laura Massaro Egypt Nour El Tayeb 11-6, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7
2014 Malaysia Nicol David Egypt Nour El Sherbini 11-5, 12-10, 12-10
2013 Malaysia Nicol David England Laura Massaro 13-11, 11-13, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5
2012 Malaysia Nicol David Egypt Raneem El Weleily 14-12, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7
2011 England Laura Massaro Australia Kasey Brown 5-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-3
2010 Netherlands Vanessa Atkinson United States Amanda Sobhy 11-6, 11-4, 11-8
2009 England Jenny Duncalf England Alison Waters 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9
2008 No competition
2007
2006
2005 Australia Natalie Grinham England Vicky Botwright 9-7, 9-10, 9-3, 9-4
2004 United States Natalie Grainger England Linda Elriani 6-9, 9-4, 9-6, 9-4
2003 England Cassie Jackman New Zealand Carol Owens 9-5, 5-9, 4-9, 9-7, 9-5
2002 New Zealand Carol Owens England Tania Bailey 9-7, 9-1, 10-8
2001 No competition
2000
1999 England Cassie Jackman Australia Michelle Martin 9-4, 9-4, 4-9, 9-3
1998 Australia Michelle Martin Australia Sarah Fitz-Gerald 4-9, 8-10, 9-3, 9-1, 9-6
1997 England Cassie Jackman Germany Sabine Schöne 9-4, 9-4, 9-6
1996 No competition
1995
1994 England Suzanne Horner Australia Vicki Cardwell 9-3, 9-0, 9-2
1993 England Cassie Jackman England Suzanne Horner 9-5, 9-5, 9-5

North American Open Championship (hardball)

Year Winner Runner-up
1984 Jahangir Khan Mark Talbott
1983 Mark Talbott John Nimick
1982 Michael Desaulniers Sharif Khan
1981 Sharif Khan Aziz Khan
1980 Sharif Khan Michael Desaulniers
1979 Sharif Khan Gordon Anderson
1978 Sharif Khan Clive Caldwell
1977 Sharif Khan Geoff Hunt
1976 Sharif Khan Victor Niederhoffer
1975 Victor Niederhoffer Sharif Khan
1974 Sharif Khan Rainer Ratinac
1973 Sharif Khan Mo Khan
1972 Sharif Khan Victor Niederhoffer
1971 Sharif Khan Ken Binns
1970 Sharif Khan Mo Khan
1969 Sharif Khan Mo Khan
1968 Mo Khan Sharif Khan
1967 Ralph Howe Sam Howe
1966 Mo Khan Victor Niederhoffer

United States Open Championship (hardball)

Year Winner Runner-up
1965 Mo Khan Hashim Khan
1964 Mo Khan Hashim Khan
1963 Hashim Khan Mo Khan
1962 Azam Khan Roshan Khan
1961 Roshan Khan Azam Khan
1960 Roshan Khan Azam Khan
1959 Diehl Mateer Hashim Khan
1958 Roshan Khan Henri Salaun
1957 Hashim Khan Roshan Khan
1956 Hashim Khan Azam Khan
1955 Diehl Mateer Azam Khan
1954 Henri Salaun Hashim Khan

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Note[edit]

1 The 2001 United States Open was played in January 2002 as the Memorial Open in honor of those who died in the September 11 2001 attacks. The event was scheduled to take place in September 2001, but was postponed following the attacks.

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