James Willstrop put up an excellent display to defeat one of the PSA World Tour’s strongest players. He played with class and determination as he beat World no.4 3-1, showing the world that despite his age James still has what it take to compete with the highest level of players on the tour.
The Commonwealth Gold Medalists took the match 11-8 4-11 11-9 12-10, making it a close and well fought out affair but Willstrop just took the edge on Gawad based on his supreme quality in his line, length and deception.
Willstrop will now take on World no.6 Simon Rosner, who is on form after beating Joel Makin in the third round but we would love to see Willstrop cause another upset and continue his giant-killing momentum.
With a spot in the Semi-finals up for grabs anything can happen.
James Willstrop uses the JAMES WILLSTROP AUTOGRAPH racket
The UNSQUASHABLE JAMES WILLSTROP AUTOGRAPH racket is exclusive to www.unsquashable.com and is engineered to the personal specification of James Willstrop to provide the ultimate in controlled power.
HEADSIZE: 500 sqcm
FRAME WEIGHT: 120 grams
BALANCE: Head Light
CONSTRUCTION: Powered by Stiff PrecisionFlex™ CarbonWeave™
STRING PATTERN: 14 x 18
GRIP: STELLAR Performance PU Grip
LENGTH: 68.5 cm (27 inches)
Inspired and developed in collaboration with UNSQUASHABLE player and brand ambassador James Willstrop, the JAMES WILLSTROP AUTOGRAPH racket is used by the former World No.1 on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour and combines unique and thoughtful engineering, including an aerodynamic tapered PowerProfile™ frame geometry and StiffFlex™ multidirectional CarbonWeave™ material braided at key points of the overall construction to significantly increase frame strength and stiffness as well as reduce shock for enhanced feel.
Optimum manoeuvrability is achieved through its aerodynamic and tapered PowerProfile™ frame geometry and headlight balance.
The UNSQUASHABLE JAMES WILLSTROP AUTOGRAPH racket additionally features a 500 sqcm headsize and unique concave cross section around its hitting area to maximise sweetspot size which is further complimented by a uniform 14 x 18 string pattern.
All UNSQUASHABLE premium rackets are fitted with the latest STELLAR Performance PU Grip.