James Willstrop Beats World No.8 Miguel Angel Rodriguez At 2016 NetSuite Squash Open

James Willstrop defeated World No.8 and third seed Miguel Angel Rodriguez of Columbia in the 1st round of the 2016 NetSuite Squash Open being staged in San Francisco, USA.

Willstrop, who has been awarded a Wild Card for the Professional Squash Association (PSA) M100 World Tour event, overcame the ‘Colombian Cannonball’ 12-10 11-611-4 – the biggest surprise on the opening day of main draw action in San Francisco.

Their match was due to be held at the glass show court on Justin Herman Plaza, but, with the scores locked at 3-3 in game one, a rapid change in temperature meant that the court became too wet and slippery to play on.

After a short delay, the match was moved to the Bay Club San Francisco, where Willstrop’s unparalleled accuracy and intelligent shot selection saw him take the match in straight games to leave Rodriguez, the Pan American Gold Medallist, without a win so far this season.

"It wasn’t the match either of us wanted, we wanted to be on that big stage tonight," said Willstrop.

"The difference the courts over there [Justin Herman Plaza] and here is a million miles. If we had both written down a game plan before, it would have completely changed. It’s like going from clay to grass, that’s the situation we had, so it’s an interesting challenge and we had to get our heads round it. 

"I had to break up the pace and stick with it, because you can’t win rallies easily on this court. The ball sits up, it’s bouncier and he gets every single ball I throw at him, so it’s an almighty challenge to win a rally off him. I had to be very patient."

James Willstrop will play German No.1 Simon Rösner in the Quarter-Finals.

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2016 NetSuite Squash Open - Men’s First Round Results
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-1 (30m)
[8] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-1: 9-11, 14-12, 11-4, 11-9 (71m)
[7] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 3-1: 12-10, 11-8, 2-11, 11-7 (92m)
[4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-1: 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7 (43m)
[WC] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [3] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-0: 12-10, 11-6, 11-4
[6] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [Q] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-1: 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4 (45m)
[Q] Diego Elias (PER) bt [5] Ali Farag (EGY) 3-2: 8-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (75m)
[Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [2] Nick Matthew (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 (43m)

For more information regarding the 2016 NetSuite Squash Open, www.netsuiteopensquash.com, www.squashsite.com or https://psaworldtour.com/tournaments.