England's World Junior Squash Champion James Willstrop claimed another
impressive scalp in his rapid rise through the sport's senior ranks when
he beat England captain Mark Chaloner, the world No14, in straight games
in the semi-finals of the Novartis Invitation in Cleethorpes, England.
The 19-year-old from Pontefract in Yorkshire, seeded four, overcame
experienced compatriot Paul Lord in the first round of the eight-man
Chaloner, the top seed who is ranked 24 places higher in the world list
and three positions above in the domestic rankings, was the teenager's
Willstrop wasted no time in defeating his new England team mate, the
defending champion, 15-11 15-10 15-12 to reach the final.
After a nervous start against South Africa's Rodney Durbach, last year's
beaten finalist, the impressive youngster rediscovered his touch and
rallied to a 13-15 15-6 15-12 15-5 victory to claim the title.
"Rodney is never easy and he won a close first game, but when I went 2/1
up I felt confident, since he looked more tired than me," said the 2003
champion. "Cleethorpes pulled together a high-class field and this gave me
ideal match practice in preparation for my next event on the PSA World
Tour, the Spanish Open in Seville later this month.
"I have been training hard this summer, and I'm pleased to demonstrate the
progress I am making with this great win over Mark," Willstrop added. "I
now look forward to making further strides on the PSA Tour and improving
my world ranking."
Novartis Grimsby Limited
6th / 7th
Location: Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire
Mike and Kim Hallam
£750 winner, £500 runner-up
£250 losing semis, £125 first round losers
In its sixth year,
this is an 8 man invitation tournament. First round of 4
matches on Friday, semis on Saturday morning and final on Saturday
evening. Previous winners include Nick Taylor, David Evans,
Paul Lord, and last year Mark Chaloner beat
Rodney Durbach in a thrilling final.
Tel: 01472 691271