James Willstrop Beats Omar Mosaad In Windy City Open

James Willstrop progressed to the second round of the 2017 Windy City Open following a stunning 34-minute 11-5 11-5 11-1 victory over eighth seed Omar Mosaad in their first round of the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Series event being staged at the University Club of Chicago.

The 33-year-old Englishman rolled back the years as he made light of the two-place difference between them on the World Rankings, living up to his 'Marksman' moniker to slot home winner after winner, striking cleanly and precisely, leaving Mosaad powerless to defend.

"I had to be very focused because Omar is a very tough first round draw so I was ready for him," said Willstrop.

"If felt like everything was coming off out there. Sometimes it works like that. I'm feeling good and striking the ball well so I can't be anything but happy with that.

"I'm not getting ahead of myself though. I just try and go day and day, recover and train well. I've enjoyed coming here over the years - it's a very enclosed and intimate venue."
Omar Mosaad, the 2016 World Championship runner-up crashed out at the first hurdle as he fell victim to a masterclass performance from James Willstrop.

The 2017 Windy City Open is presented by Guggenheim Partners and Equitrust Life Insurance.

2017 Windy City Open Men's First Round:
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Paul Coll (NZL) 3-2: 14-12, 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7 (94m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-1: 11-4, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4 (57m)
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-2: 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (119m)
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 13-11, 11-9 (41m)
[6] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-2: 6-11, 11-4, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7 (65m)
Diego Elias (PER) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (66m)
Simon Rösner (GER) bt [WC] Chris Hanson (USA) 3-1: 11-13, 11-4, 11-4, 11-8 (54m)
[4] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [Q] Olli Tuominen (FIN) 3-0: 11-2, 11-8, 11-3 (23m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [Q] Joe Lee (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-3 (36m)
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-2: 11-7, 11-6, 4-11, 2-11, 11-8 (82m)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 3-2: 11-6, 10-12, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8 (61m)
James Willstrop (ENG) bt [8] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-1 (34m)
[Q] Leo Au (HKG) bt [7] Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-2: 5-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9, 11-7 (80m)
Borja Golan (ESP) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-1: 11-8, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9 (71m)
Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt [Q] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (28m)
[2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [Q] Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-1: 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (45m)

2017 Windy City Open Men's Second Round Draw:
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Cesar Salazar (MEX)
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) v [5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
[6] Ali Farag (EGY) v Diego Elias (PER)
Simon Rösner (GER) v [4] Ramy Ashour (EGY)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Daryl Selby (ENG)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v James Willstrop (ENG)
[Q] Leo Au (HKG) v Borja Golan (ESP)
Fares Dessouky (EGY) v [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

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