James Willstrop, Josh Masters & Sarah-Jane Perry progress to British National Championships quarter-finals

James Willstrop, Josh Masters and Sarah-Jane Perry all progressed to the quarter-finals of the of the British National Squash Championships being staged at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.

Willstrop, seeded two for this year’s championships, cruised to a comfortable 11-7 11-2 11-6 victory over Lyell Fuller. In a highly competitive first game, Willstrop saw his 22-year-old opponent go level at 6-6 from a lunge-busting rally before the two-time champion broke back to go ahead. The 34-year-old then increased the tempo in the next two games to complete an accomplished 35-minute win.
“I know he has got standard and quality, so I had to be ready to play,” said Willstrop. “I managed to weather the storm in the first and I got through to him in the second. You get a different type of player in this competition which we are not used to playing and they’re not used to playing us. You have to be careful – just because we are established ranked players it is still difficult.”
In arguably the most entertaining match on the opening day, Josh Masters overcame fellow UNSQUASHABLE player Charlie Lee and will today play Nick Mathew in the quarter-finals after the record nine-time champion defeated UNSQUASHABLE player Patrick Rooney in an intense 46-minute encounter.
Matthew was made to work hard for his 11-7 11-5 11-9 victory and quarter-final berth by a sublime and battling effort from his 20-year-old opponent. Rooney, unfazed by the challenge, pushed for victory in the first before the experienced Matthew battled to an 11-7 lead. The four-time Commonwealth medallist upped the ante in the second, claiming an 11-5 win before Rooney went out all guns blazing in the third. After falling to 4-1, the 20-year-old battled back impressively taking Matthew to 9-9 before the top seed charged to victory.
Speaking after the match, Matthew praised his opponent for the tough first round fixture: “It’s good when they play like that and I don't feel like we have seen enough of it from all of the guys. I played Pat two or three years ago and I thought out of all the young English players he had the most about him.”
Women’s second seed Sarah-Jane Perry overcame the challenge of the tenacious British U19 Champion Lucy Turmel in her 1st round match, winning 11-7 12-10 11-5.
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Sarah-Jane Perry uses the UNSQUASHABLE SARAH-JANE PERRY AUTOGRAPH Racket which is available exclusively from www.unsquashable.com and www.pdhsports.com
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