Nick Matthew exits British Open, Laura Massaro in women's final

Nick Matthew
Nick Matthew

Defending champion Nick Matthew was eliminated from the British Open after he was beaten in the semi-finals by France's Gregory Gaultier.

The 32-year-old from Sheffield lost 9-11 11-7 11-3 11-6 to Gaultier, 30, in a feisty contest at Hull's KC Stadium.

Top seed Ramy Ashour, 25, also reached the final, the Egyptian beating Briton James Willstrop 11-2 11-9 13-11.

Laura Massaro gave the home fans cause to celebrate by reaching the women's final, where she meets Nicol David.

Preston-based Massaro beat Egypt's Raneem El Weleily 8-11 11-6 11-8 11-9 in the semi-finals.

The 29-year-old, ranked second in the world, said: "For a British player to make it to the British Open final in front of such a huge crowd is amazing. I am so happy, so happy."

Malaysian world number one David booked her place in the final with an 11-5 11-4 11-5 win over Londoner Alison Waters.