James Willstrop Beats Stephen Coppinger To Reach Channel VAS Championship Semi-Finals

James Willstrop defeated South African No.1 Stephen Coppinger 6-11 11-5 11-9 11-6 in the quarter-finals of the 2016 Channel VAS Squash Championship being staged at St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club in Weybridge, England.

The former World No.1 recovered from a game down to take the match in four, and the 33-year-old Englishman is now just one win away from reaching back-to-back Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour finals for the first time since 2013 after he also made it to the final of the AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix earlier this week in Manchester.

"I don't think the tactics really changed that much from either of us, the game kept on the same pattern," Willstrop said.

"It was just about who was going to come out of the first two games the better. I suppose that's where I can sometimes impose myself on players, so I've got to try and make sure that I can do that."

Willstrop, a former World No.1, will play World No.11 Tarek Momen of Egypt in the semi-finals of the PSA M100 World Tour event.

2016 Channel VAS Squash Championship Quarter-Finals:
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (45m)
[Q] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [4] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-2: 9-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6 (102m)
[5] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [3] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 11-5, 11-8 (45m)
[6] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [Q] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 3-1: 6-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-6 (59m)

2016 Channel VAS Squash Championship Semi-Finals Draw:
Daryl Selby (ENG) v [Q] Paul Coll (NZL)
[5] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [6] James Willstrop (ENG)

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