James Willstrop beats Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi to reach Oracle NetSuite Open quarter-finals

James Willstrop defeated Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi 7-11 11-8 9-11 11-5 11-6 in the standout 1st round match of the Oracle NetSuite Open being staged at the Bay Club San Francisco.

A capacity crowd were treated to a series of fast-paced rallies, with Al Tamimi’s shot-making talents and incredible retrieval skills seeing him go 2-1 ahead, only to see Willstrop take control in the final two games to emerge from the fixture to progress to the quarterfinals where he will play Australian No.1 Ryan Cuskelly.
 
"He is very fast and very skilful," said Willstrop.
 
"It’s also the first match of the season for me and it was a bit cloudy in my head. I have to thank my dad [Malcolm] because I wasn’t calm out there. There’s no time to think in squash and you’re under quite a lot of duress with the oxygen debt, so it’s difficult to think clearly and stay calm.
 
"It’s that balance about knowing when your shot is on and when not to go for it when you’re under pressure. He was putting me deep and I was having to counter him. That’s the brilliant thing about squash, it’s about rally construction and choosing the right shots to play at the right time."
 
2017 Men's Oracle NetSuite Open 1st Round
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-1: 11-4, 11-8, 9-11, 14-12 (75m)
[7] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (55m)
[8] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-1: 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5 (63m)
[4] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [Q] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-2: 7-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (64m)
[3] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 3-1: 7-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-4 (65m)
Diego Elias (PER) bt [6] Fares Dessouky (EGY) 3-1: 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-3 (54m)
[5] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [Q] Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 13-11 (43m)
[1] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [WC] Faraz Khan (USA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (28m)
 
Draw - Quarter-Final (Top Half): To Be Played September 27th
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [7] Daryl Selby (ENG)
[8] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [4] James Willstrop (ENG)
 
Draw - Quarter-Finals (Top Half): To Be Played September 28th
[3] Nick Matthew (ENG) v Diego Elias (PER)
[5] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [1] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
 
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For more information regarding the Oracle NetSuite Open, visit: www.psaworldtour.com, www.squashsite.com & www.netsuiteopensquash.tix.com