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30/06/2017
JULY - MEN'S PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Willstrop wins Squash Playerís Player of the Month award

Englandís James Willstrop has been revealed as Squash Player Magazineís Player of the Month for July.

The Yorkshiremanís performance at the Dubai World Series Finals confirmed his return as a genuine contender for major titles on the PSA Tour after several years of frustration caused by career-threatening injury and lingering illness.

Victories over defending champion Gregory Gaultier and talented Egyptian Ali Farag at Dubai Opera saw the 33-year-old qualify from the group stage.

A stunning 14-12 11-6 win over world champion Karim El Gawad followed in the semi-finals, before defeat to Mohammed Elshorbagy in a tight three game final, in front of an enthralled crowd at Dubai Opera.

ďItís a great feeling to be able to keep pushing yourself,Ē Willstrop reflected. ďI donít think Iíve played as well as this over four or five days for a long time.

ďIím sure these players are raising it all the time, the standard is getting better, so for me to be able to respond again to that means that it canít be far off from the best squash Iíve played.Ē

Willstropís final appearance was his third in PSA events this season. His world ranking is now six, his highest position for two and a half years.
 


 

 

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