James Willstrop beats Cameron Pilley to face Nick Matthew in Tournament of Champions

James Willstrop defeated Australian No.1 Cameron Pilley 11-6 11-9 11-3 at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions to set-up a 2nd round clash with fierce rival Nick Matthew at the prestigious Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Series tournament being staged inside New York’s iconic Grand Central Terminal.

The two long-term rivals will face each other in the second round of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions for a second year in succession when Willstrop ended a 19-match, 10-year losing streak to Matthew during last year’s tournament and he will look to end Matthew’s run at the prestigious tournament for a second year running after he saw off World No.19 Cameron Pilley by an 11-6, 11-9, 11-3 margin.
 
"I love playing here, the Tour is strong and to beat Cameron here is really tough," said Willstrop.
 
"I’m very happy. Every single event brings up either a new player or someone who is very good like Cameron, so I don’t really look at the draw anymore because you know you’ve got to turn up and be ready and that’s what I’m trying to do from the very beginning."
 
First round action from the men’s draw continues tomorrow (January 19) when stars such as World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy and Ali Farag begin their tournaments, while the women’s qualifying finals will also take place.
 
Matches start from 12:00 local time (GMT-5) and action from the glass courts inside Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).
 
Results - First Round (Top Half): 2018 Men’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [WC] Todd Harrity (USA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 (38m)
[Q] Tom Richards (ENG) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-1: 11-8, 5-11, 11-8, 11-7 (49m)
James Willstrop (ENG) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-3 (41m)
[6] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (43m)
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-8 (29m)
Simon Rösner (GER) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-1: 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7 (75m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-2: 7-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (63m)
[4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [Q] Joel Makin (WAL) 3-1: 10-12, 11-4, 11-7, 11-7 (51m)
 
Draw - Men’s First Round (Bottom Half): To Be Played January 19
[3] Ali Farag (EGY) v [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v [Q] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [Q] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v [8] Paul Coll (NZL)
[7] Tarek Momen (EGY) v Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
Diego Elias (PER) v [Q] Declan James (ENG)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v Omar Mosaad (EGY)
Leo Au (HKG) v [2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
 
Draw - Men’s Second Round (Top Half): To Be Played January 20
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [Q] Tom Richards (ENG)
James Willstrop (ENG) v [6] Nick Matthew (ENG)
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v Simon Rösner (GER)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v [4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
 
Results - First Qualifying Round: 2018 Women’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
[1] Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt [L] Thaisa Serafini (BRA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-0, 11-1 (17m)
[12] Nada Abbas (EGY) bt Menna Hamed (EGY) 3-1: 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (53m)
[15] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt [L] Olivia Fiechter (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 (21m)
[L] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bt [6] Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-1: 10-12, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7 (41m)
[4] Jenny Duncalf  (ENG) bt [L] Elani Landman (RSA) 3-0: 11-2, 11-1, 11-5 (19m)
[11] Samantha Teran (MEX) bt Tinne Gilis (BEL) 3-1: 6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 (53m)
[10] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) bt Nikki Todd (CAN) 3-2: 9-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8 (48m)
[3] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [L] Reyna Pacheco (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-1, 11-1 (17m)
[8] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Hana Moataz (EGY) 3-2: 11-3, 8-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8 (45m)
Haley Mendez (USA) bt [13] Milou van der Heijden (NED) 3-1: 8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (41m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt [16] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 10-12, 11-7, 11-5 (34m)
[7] Mayar Hany (EGY) bt [L] Mary Fung-A-Fat (GUY) 3-0: 11-5, 12-10, 11-1 (19m)
[5] Heba El Torky (EGY) bt Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 3-1: 12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7 (38m)
[9] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt Nicole Bunyan (CAN) 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 (21m)
[14] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bt [L] Tiffany Hau (USA) 3-0: 11-2, 11-2, 11-3 (17m)
[2] Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt [L] Weenee Low (MAS) 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-4 (20m)
 
Draw - Women’s Final Qualifying Round: To Be Played January 19
[1] Mariam Metwally (EGY) v [12] Nada Abbas (EGY)
[15] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) v [L] Sabrina Sobhy (USA)
[4] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [11] Samantha Teran (MEX)
[10] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) v [3] Nele Gilis (BEL)
[8] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v Haley Mendez (USA)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) v [7] Mayar Hany (EGY)
[5] Heba El Torky (EGY) v [9] Hollie Naughton (CAN)
[14] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v [2] Samantha Cornett (CAN)
 
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