James Willstrop defeated compatriot Daryl Selby 11-9 11-4 11-2 to reach his ninth British National Squash Championships final and will face long-time domestic rival Nick Matthew in today’s final at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.
The two-time British National Champion went into the match having only lost to Daryl Selby once in 26 meetings, starting with the British U12 final in 1994! – a statistic that belies how close the two players are in standard and rankings.
The first game went point-for-point until Willstrop, helped by a couple of fortunate bounces at the end, took the game 11-4. Willstrop took control early in the second game and moved quickly to double his lead – winning the game 11-4. Following a three minute injury break, Selby returned to the court to contest the third game but was unable to prevent Willstrop closing out the match 11-2.
"We're both in our 30s, you have to look after your body but sometimes it lets you down,” sympathised Willstrop upon reaching his ninth final. “Daryl played well at the start and while you never like to profit from someone’s injury, it's good to be through to the final with a bit of effort saved. Daryl and I have always had a great relationship and it’s a great pleasure to be playing at 34 years of age – we have a wonderful life. We play doubles together and it is good to work with him.”
Fellow UNSQUASHABLE player Sarah-Jane Perry was unable to reach the women’s final after losing to compatriot Alison Waters 11-6 11-4 8-11 10-12 11-5 in an exciting 61-minute semi-final.
Dunlop British National Squash Championships Semi-Finals Results:[3/4] Tesni Evans (Wal) 3-0  Laura Massaro (Eng) 11-3, 11-8, 11-9 (36m) [3/4] Alison Waters (Eng) 3-2  Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) 11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 10-12, 11-5 (61m)  James Willstrop (Eng) 3-0 [3/4] Daryl Selby (Eng) 11-9, 11-4, 11-2 (35m)  Nick Matthew (Eng) 3-1 [5/8] Chris Simpson (Ggy) 6-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-6 (64m)
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