Illness Forces James Willstrop To Retire From British National Squash Championships

James Willstrop was forced to retire from his quarter-finals match against Joe Lee at the British National Squash Championships in Manchester after being unable to recover from a recent illness.

The two-time British National Champion fought valiantly to take 5/8 seed Joe Lee to a fifth game but came back on court only to shake his compatriot’s hand and announce he would play no further part in the Manchester tournament.
Willstrop, making his nineteenth consecutive appearance in the championships, was unable to prevent his opponent from winning the opening game 11-7, but managed to win the next two games, with the final score 11-7 6-11 9-11 11-7. Lee advances to his first British National Squash Championships semi-final where he will meet Adrian Waller.
“I noticed he wasn’t quite right from the word go because I went a few points up early on, normally James has a massive emphasis on starting well,” said Lee following the match. “Understandably, when you’re a bit under the weather it doesn’t happen like that and he got into it as the match went on. I could see he was taking longer between points [towards the end of the match], following some punishing rallies.”
Willstrop said he had been suffering from flu all week but had recovered enough to step on court on Wednesday and progress through his first round tie against Mark Fuller on Thursday.
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