James Willstrop beaten by Ali Farag in Swedish Open quarter-finals

Following his spectacular 1st round win at the UCS Swedish Squash Open over Olli Tuominen of Finland, James Willstrop’s run at the Professional Squash Association (PSA) M70 World Tour event in Linköping was ended by top seeded Egyptian Ali Farag.

Farag produced an absolute masterclass performance to dispatch the former World No.1 and secure his place in the semi-finals of the 2018 UCS Swedish Open and underline his credentials as title favourite.
 
Farag was sublime as he moved with an effortless grace and hit with devastating precision to twist and turn Willstrop at every opportunity, leaving the tall Englishman unable to find a way to stop the onslaught as Farag wrapped the match up 11-2 11-4 11-5 in 30 minutes.
 
"Players like James are the guys who I grew up watching and dreaming of playing against so it is an honour to play against him here today," said Farag.
 
"I am really happy with how I played. Everything unfolded the way I wanted. I was in control of the T for most of the match and whenever I went for a shot it came off as well - so I couldn't ask for any more than that."
 
Results - Quarter-finals: 2018 UCS Swedish Open
[2] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [8] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-1: 8-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-8 (54m)
[4] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [6] Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (40m)
[3] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [7] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-0: 11-4 , 12-10, 11-5 (44m)
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [5] James Willstrop (ENG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-4, 11-5 (30m)
 
Draw - Semi-finals
[2] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [4] Simon Rösner (GER)
[3] Paul Coll (NZL) v [1] Ali Farag (EGY)
 
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