James Willstrop Beats World No.3 Omar Mosaad To Advance In U.S. Open

James Willstrop produced a sensational 11-8 11-8 11-8 victory over World No.3 Omar Mosaad of Egypt to progress to the 2nd round of the 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships being staged at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

James’ 56-minute win was the biggest shock and standout match of the 1st round with the 32-year-old Englishman evoking memories of the form that took him to the top of the World Rankings in 2012 as he produced a virtuoso display of complete control to knock out 2015 runner-up Mosaad in straight games.

Currently ranked World No.19 after slowly working his way back from a serious hip operation in 2014, James rekindled his form during last week’s NetSuite Squash Open in San Francisco when he reached a first high profile tournament final since that surgery, he picked up where he left off as he controlled the ball and lived up to his ‘Marksman’ moniker to put Mosaad to the sword.

“I’m feeling good,” said Willstrop. “But it’s been a long time since I’ve put together a tournament winning, or latter stages, run.

“Last week in San Francisco was good but doing it at a World Series event is even tougher. I’m feeling good and if I can keep the intensity then you never know what could happen.

“The enjoyment is there for me and there’s a freshness about how I feel which is pleasing.”

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Results - Men’s 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships (top half):
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-2; 6-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 13-11 (77m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt [Q] Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-1: 11-7, 11-9, 12-14, 13-11 (70m)
[Q] Diego Elias (PER) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-1: 7-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-6 (60m)
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-1: 11-4, 11-8, 4-11, 11-8 (60m)
[Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [7] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-9 (67m)
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) v [Q] Alan Clyne (SCO) - to be played October 9
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (41m)
James Willstrop (ENG) bt [3] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (56m)

For more information about the 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championship, visit: www.usopensquash.com, www.psaworldtour.com & www.squashsite.com