It proved to be a day of exciting quarterfinal matches at Squash On Fire in Washington D.C. teams fought for a spot in the semifinals.
The first UNSQUASHABLE ambassador on court was Joel Makin. He came on court after a masterclass win by Peter Creed over Alan Clyne, and was looking to finish off the match for a historic semifinal spot for Wales. Though he won in straight sets, the game was close and Joel had to push to win 15-13, 11-8, 11-5 in just under an hour.
Iker Pajares was up first for Spain’s match against third-seeded France. He set his team up for a good start after beating former World No. 1 Gregory Gaultier. The match pushed both players to their limits with three out of the four sets going to a tie-break. Ultimately, Iker won 13-11, 11-7, 12-14, 12-10 in an 84-minute marathon match. However, the French team won the next two ties to prevent Spain from reaching the semifinals.
James Willstrop also set the English team up for a good start in their semifinal clash against New Zealand. Facing World No. 25 Campbell Grayson, he put up a strong showing to despatch the Kiwi in straight sets in just under 50 minutes.
In the consolation quarterfinals, Todd Harrity had a straightforward game against Jamaica, winning 11-4, 11-7, 11-2 in just 20 minutes.
The semifinals tonight will see Wales take on top-seeded Egypt after they survived a scare by the German team. England will play France in the other semifinal, potentially seeing James Willstrop face Gregory Gaultier.
James Willstrop uses the UNSQUASHABLE JAMES WILLSTROP AUTOGRAPH racket which is available exclusively from www.unsquashable.com
Joel Makin uses the UNSQUASHABLE JOEL MAKIN AUTOGRAPH racket which is available exclusively from www.unsquashable.com
Todd Harrity uses the UNSQUASHABLE TODD HARRITY AUTOGRAPH racket which is available exclusively from www.unsquashable.com
Iker Pajares Bernabeu uses the UNSQUASHABLE Y-TEC PRO racket which is available exclusively from www.unsquashable.com