French World No.3 Gaultier will become the oldest player ever to top the PSA World Rankings next month after the 34-year-old recovered from a game down to beat Matthew, capturing his third British Open crown in the process.
Gaultier, who also lifted the sport’s oldest and most established title in 2007 and 2014, will overtake Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy at the summit of the World Rankings and, at 34 years and three months, he eclipses the record of Women’s former World No.1 Sarah-Fitz Gerald by a month after a 8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-3 victory saw him take the iconic title.
“It was a massive day for me,” said Gaultier.
“I only found out a few days ago that there were three of us who could get to No.1. I wasn’t thinking about that during the week, I was focusing on playing well and executing my tactics.
“I had a great week and a great feeling on court, I was moving well and to be number one as well again at my age is an amazing feeling – it’s pure pleasure.”
In the Women’s event, World No.5 Massaro became the first Englishwoman since Janet Morgan in 1951 to lift the prestigious Allam British Open title on two occasions after she saw off Perry in four games.
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