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11/12/2010
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History Books Rewritten As England Dominate World Open

 

History 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.”

For more information about England Squash & Racketball visit
www.englandsquashandracketball.com  or visit its official Facebook  andTwitter pages.
 

 

   

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