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History Books Rewritten As England Dominate World Open
Books Rewritten As England Dominate World Open |
English squash players have turned the formbook on its head at this year’s World
Open Championships by creating the first ever all English final. Today’s semi
finals also produced another first for England, with three English players in
the semi finals for the first time.
After another day of exciting play in the semi finals, Yorkshiremen Nick Matthew
and James Willstrop (left) will face off in tomorrow’s final in Saudi Arabia for
the top spot.
Tournament number one seed and current PSA World Number two Matthew secured his
place in the final after seeing off talented Egyptian Amr Shabana in the day’s
first semi final. Sheffield born Matthew ran out a comfortable winner at 3-0.
The day’s all English semi final saw Willstrop edge out Essex’ Peter Barker,
seeded eighth, in a keenly contested match. The tournament’s sixth seed
Willstrop took almost an hour and a half to take victory, eventually taking the
final spot with an 8/11, 14/12, 11/4, 11/8 victory over his fellow countryman.
After years of trying English squash fans finally have a World Open final to get
excited about. Jim Lord, Operations Director for England Squash and Racketball,
is more excited than most. He says; “Everybody has been totally transfixed on
today’s games. To see three English players contesting the Open semi finals for
the first time is thrilling, and we’re obviously all very proud to see an all
English final materialise.”
“It’s been great to see English players dominate the World Open Championships.
We’re all extremely proud of the way the English players have performed,
particularly Nick and James who have both had great years and will fiercely
contest this all Yorkshire World Open final.”
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