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21/12/2010
PUNJ LLOYD PSA MASTERS
 

Matthew Masters Willstrop In New Delhi

Reports
Final   Semi Finals   Quarter Finals   2nd Round  1st Round Top  1st Round Bottom
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Punj Lloyd PSA Masters 2010
14-19 Dec, New Delhi, $192k
Round One
14/15 Dec
Round Two
16
Dec
Quarters
17 Dec
Semis
18 Dec
Final
19 Dec
[2] James Willstrop (Eng)
11-13, 11-5, 11-2, 11-9
Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
James Willstrop
11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (50m)
Omar Mosaad
James Willstrop
12-10, 11-1, 11-3 (38m)
Cameron Pilley
James Willstrop
11-8, 11-2, 11-5 (32m)
Hisham Ashour
James Willstrop
11-5, 11-8, 11-7
Nick Matthew
[11] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
11-8, 12-10, 12-10
Harinder Pal Sandhu (Ind)
[6] Wael El Hindi (Egy)
12-10, 11-5, 11-7
[Q] Siddarth Suchde (Ind)
Wael El Hindi
7-11, 11-3, 14-12 ret
Cameron Pilley
[10] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11-2, 11-2, 11-7
[LL] Sandeep Jangra (Ind)
[4] Thierry Lincou (Fra)
11-8, 11-2, 11-4
[Q] Joe Lee (Eng)
Thierry Lincou
14-12, 11-8, 11-2 (49m)
Olli Tuominen
Thierry Lincou
11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-5 (51m)
Hisham Ashour
[14] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
13-11, 11-6, 11-3
[Q] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
[7] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
11-7, 11-4, 11-5
[Q] Kamran Khan (Mas)
Laurens Jan Anjema
6-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6 (59m)
Hisham Ashour
[15] Hisham Ashour (Egy)
11-7, 11-6, 11-6
[Q] Chris Simpson (Eng)
Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)
11-8, 11-6, 11-9 (45m)
[12] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
Ong Beng Hee
11-8, 12-10, 11-7 (39m)
Mohamed El Shorbagy
Mohamed El Shorbagy
11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (47m)
Amr Shabana
Amr Shabana
11-9, 11-4 ret. (22m)
Nick Matthew
Mohammed Abbas (Egy)
11-9, 15-13, 3-11, 11-7 (52m)
[8] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
[Q] Adrian Waller (Eng)
11-7, 12-10, 11-6 (40m)
[15] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
Saurav Ghosal
11-5, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9 (42m)
Amr Shabana
[Q] Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (28m)
[3] Amr Shabana (Egy)
Joey Barrington (Eng)
11-6, 12-10, 11-9 (48m)
[9] Daryl Selby (Eng)
Daryl Selby
w/o
Peter Barker
Daryl Selby
11-9, 11-7, 13-11 (56m)
Nick Matthew
Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)
12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 11-2 (48m)
[5] Peter Barker (Eng)
Tom Richards (Eng)
11-3, 1-11, 11-3, 11-9 (37m)
[16] Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
Jonathan Kemp
11-6, 11-4, 4-11, 11-2 (29m)
Nick Matthew
[Q] Dick Lau (Hkg)
11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (26m)
[1] Nick Matthew (Eng)

Qualifying finals:
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bye
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Deepak Mishra (IND) 11-2, 11-8, 11-3
Dick Lau (HKG) bt Sandeep Jangra (IND) 14-12, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9
Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 13-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-4
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Gaurav Nandrajog (IND) 11-3, 11-6, 11-9
Joe Lee (ENG) bt Kush Kumar (IND) 14-12, 11-2, 11-6
Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt Ravi Dixit (IND) 11-3, 11-1, 11-4
Kamran Khan (MAS) bt Martin Knight (NZL) 12-10, 11-8, 11-6
 

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Final

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Matthew Masters Willstrop In New Delhi

England's Nick Matthew finished the year on the best possible high when he beat fellow countryman James Willstrop in today's final of the $192,500 Punj Lloyd PSA Masters to win the tenth and final 2010 PSA Super Series championship at the Sirifort CWG Block in the Indian capital New Delhi.

It was at the same venue in October that Matthew also beat his England team-mate to win the Commonwealth Games gold medal - and last week he became England's first ever world champion after winning the World Open in Saudi Arabia. His 2010 celebrations continued when he reached the PSA Masters semi-finals - an achievement which ensured that he would start 2011 as world number one. Then came today's icing on the cake - when Matthew despatched his fellow Yorkshireman 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 to extend his unbeaten Tour run over Willstrop to 10 matches since December 2007.

"I'm obviously delighted to finish 2010 on a high note, winning the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters," said the jubilant 30-year-old from Sheffield. "It's been the year of my life and I look forward to a good rest before planning the 2011 campaign. "I'd like to thank James for such a tough match and congratulate him on a strong end to the season and to thank Punj Lloyd for their sponsorship of the event and support of Indian squash." The win takes Matthew's career PSA Tour title tally to 17 - of which seven were achieved this year! PSA's SquashTV is the official live and video on-demand website of the Professional Squash Association. ifort CWG Block in the Indian capital New Delhi.

It was at the same venue in October that Matthew also beat his England team-mate to win the Commonwealth Games gold medal - and last week he became England's first ever world champion after winning the World Open in Saudi Arabia.

His 2010 celebrations continued when he reached the PSA Masters semi-finals - an achievement which ensured that he would start 2011 as world number one.

Then came today's icing on the cake - when Matthew despatched his fellow Yorkshireman 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 to extend his unbeaten Tour run over Willstrop to 10 matches since December 2007.

"I'm obviously delighted to finish 2010 on a high note, winning the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters," said the jubilant 30-year-old from Sheffield. "It's been the year of my life and I look forward to a good rest before planning the 2011 campaign.

"I'd like to thank James for such a tough match and congratulate him on a strong end to the season and to thank Punj Lloyd for their sponsorship of the event and support of Indian squash."

The win takes Matthew's career PSA Tour title tally to 17 - of which seven were achieved this year!

 

Semi Finals

Matthew & Willstrop To Replay Delhi Duel For Masters Crown

England squash rivals Nick Matthew and James Willstrop will line up for their third major international final in three months when they contest the climax of the $192,500 Punj Lloyd PSA Masters, the tenth and final PSA Super Series championship of the year at the Sirifort CWG Block in the Indian capital New Delhi.

It was at the same venue that the pair battled for the Commonwealth Games gold medal in October - and last week Matthew repeated his victory over fellow Yorkshireman Willstrop in the World Open final in Saudi Arabia to become England's first winner of the sport's ultimate title.

Second seed Willstrop triumphed in today's first semi-final when he beat surprise Egyptian opponent Hisham Mohd Ashour, the 14th seed from Cairo, 11-8, 11-2, 11-5 in 32 minutes.

The 27-year-old world No5 from Leeds is celebrating the 24th Tour final of his career, and his fifth this year.

Top seed Matthew, whose success in the previous round ensured that he will start next year as the world number one, faced Egyptian star Amr Shabana, the third seed and a four-time winner of the world title.

It was after the 30-year-old from Sheffield won the first two games that Shabana conceded the match before the third as a result of a pulled muscle in his stomach.

"It's obviously not the ideal way to make the final, without the entire match being completed," said Matthew later. "I hope Shabana gets well soon, because we need him strong and back on the Tour come the New Year - I wish him a speedy recovery.

"The final tomorrow is a rematch of the World Championship and the Commonwealth Games, and James is a terrific player and playing him is always a difficult proposition," continued the current world number two, now in the 37th Tour final of his career.

"We have played scores of times against one another and I look forward to yet another episode of this rivalry."

 

Quarter Finals

Matthew Win Ensures World No1 Ranking

Victory in today's quarter-finals of the $192,500 Punj Lloyd PSA Masters in the Indian capital New Delhi ensures that Englishman Nick Matthew will regain his world number one ranking in next month's Professional Squash Association (PSA) list.

The 30-year-old event favourite from Sheffield needed 56 minutes to see off England team-mate Daryl Selby 11-9, 11-7, 13-11 for a place in the semi-finals of the tenth and final PSA Super Series squash championship of the year at the Sirifort CWG Block.

The best year of his squash life is coming to a spectacular climax after Matthew became the first Englishman for six years to top the world rankings in June. He made up for the disappointment of slipping to second place three months later by winning two Commonwealth Games gold medals in October - on the same all-glass court in Delhi which is hosting this week's PSA Masters.

Then, earlier this month in Saudi Arabia, Matthew romped through a star-studded World Open field to become England's first ever world champion.

"This tournament means a lot to me, because the ranking points involved will now make it possible for me to end the year as world number one," said the jubilant Yorkshireman to Indian media today.

"I have very fond memories of the Sirifort Complex where I won two gold medals during the Commonwealth Games. It is surreal to be back at the venue of those achievements."

Matthew will now take on third seed Amr Shabana, the former world number one from Egypt who beat fellow countryman Mohamed El Shorbagy 11-8, 11-9, 11-9.

The other semi-final will also be an Anglo/Egyptian affair, between Englishman James Willstrop and Cairo-based Hisham Mohd Ashour. Second seed Willstrop, runner-up to Matthew in this month's World Open final, secured his anticipated place in the last four with a 12-10, 11-1, 11-3 victory over Australia's No10 seed Cameron Pilley.

But 14th seed Ashour, the older brother of the current world number one Ramy Ashour, pulled off his second upset in a row when he beat fourth-seeded Frenchman Thierry Lincou 11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-5 in a dramatic 51-minute encounter.

Ashour senior's win - his first ever over the distinguished Frenchman who was celebrating his ninth successive Super Series quarter-final appearance - takes the 28-year-old from Cairo into his first 2010 Super Series semi.

 
2nd Round

Ashour & Pilley Power Through To Masters Quarters

Australian Cameron Pilley and Egypt's Hisham Mohd Ashour produced notable upsets in the $192,500 Punj Lloyd PSA Masters to claim unexpected places in the quarter-finals of the tenth and final PSA Super Series squash championship of the year at the Sirifort CWG Block in the Indian capital New Delhi.

Ashour, the 14th seed and older brother of injured world number one Ramy Ashour, twice came from behind to defeat seventh-seeded Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema, the world No9, 6-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6 in 59 minutes.

Celebrating his first appearance in a Super Series event quarter-final this year, the world No29 from Cairo will now meet Frenchman Thierry Lincou. The fourth seed from Marseille reached his ninth quarter-final in a row when he beat Finland's 13th seed Olli Tuominen 14-12, 11-8, 11-2.

Tenth seed Pilley dropped the first game to Wael El Hindi, the sixth seed from Egypt who needed a good performance in New Delhi to be sure of a place in next year's ATCO PSA World Series Finals in London.

But the world No15 from New South Wales battled back to take the next game, then survived a close third game in a tie-break before El Hindi conceded the match after pulling a calf muscle.

Pilley's 7-11, 11-3, 14-12 (ret.) win takes him through to a clash with James Willstrop, the second seed from England who dismissed Egypt's No11 seed Omar Mosaad 11-7, 11-6, 11-9.

England's Daryl Selby also gained an unexpected quarter-final berth when his opponent and England team-mate Peter Barker, the fifth seed, was forced to concede the match - without striking a ball - as the result of a back injury.

Selby, the ninth seed, will now face another England team-mate Nick Matthew, the top seed and newly-crowned world champion, in a match which has major significance for both players.

A win for Matthew will ensure his return to the top of the world rankings next month - and success for Selby will signal his first appearance in the World Series Finals.

 

1st Round Bottom Half

Ghosal Leads Local Interest In New Delhi

Local hero Saurav Ghosal delighted the packed crowd at the Sirifort CWG Block in the Indian capital New Delhi when he beat English qualifier Adrian Waller to reach the second round of the $192,500 Punj Lloyd PSA Masters, the tenth and final PSA Super Series squash championship of the year.

Fresh from his success in last week's Indian National Championship in Mumbai, where he won the title for the sixth time, 15th seed Ghosal beat Waller 11-7, 12-10, 11-6 in 40 minutes to become India's sole representative in the last 16.

And the Calcutta-born 24-year-old world No22 will have his work cut out to make the quarter-finals: Ghosal now faces Egypt's third seed Amr Shabana, the former world number one and winner of the title in 2006.

Shabana, the world No6 from Giza, needed only 28 minutes to despatch South African qualifier Stephen Coppinger 11-7, 11-6, 11-4.

England's new world champion Nick Matthew also had a straightforward passage through to the second round. The 30-year-old from Sheffield, who became England's first winner of the world title last week in Saudi Arabia, defeated Hong Kong qualifier Dick Lau 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 in 26 minutes.

Matthew, looking to reclaim his world number one ranking with PSA World Tour success in New Delhi, now faces fellow countryman Jonathan Kemp.

The 16th seed from Halifax, making a Tour comeback after hip surgery in July, claimed his first second round appearance in a Super Series event this year when he beat compatriot Tom Richards 11-3, 1-11, 11-3, 11-9.

Another all-England second round clash already ensures English presence in the semi-finals. Life-long friends Peter Barker and Daryl Selby, both from Essex, line up in the last 16 after both achieved 48-minute first round wins. Fifth seed Barker beat Egypt's Omar Abdel Aziz 12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 11-2, while England team-mate Selby, the No9 seed, removed compatriot Joey Barrington 11-6, 12-10, 11-9.

 

1st Round Top Half

Seeds Safely Through In New Delhi

There were no surprises on the opening day of action in the $192,500 Punj Lloyd PSA Masters, the tenth and final PSA Super Series squash championship of the year at the Sirifort CWG Block in the Indian capital city New Delhi.

England's James Willstrop led the day's action on the all-glass court where he won a Commonwealth Games silver medal in October. But the second seed was also playing his first match since finishing as runner-up in last week's Saudi PSA World Open in Saudi Arabia - where he played more than six hours of energy-sapping squash to reach his first world final.

The world No5 from Leeds faced rising Egyptian star Mohd Ali Anwar Reda, and dropped the first game to the highest-ranked unseeded player in the event. But an inevitably weary Willstrop battled back to win the match 11-13, 11-5, 11-2, 11-9 to earn his expected place in the last 16.

The Englishman's next opponent will be another Egyptian Omar Mosaad after the 11th seed from Cairo overcame Indian wildcard Harinder Pal Sandhu 11-8, 12-10, 12-10.

Sandhu was one of three local players who failed to progress on the first of two days of first round action. Australia's No10 seed Cameron Pilley - a Commonwealth Games doubles gold medallist on the same court two months ago - despatched Obra-born 'lucky loser' Sandeep Jangra 11-2, 11-2, 11-7 in one of the quickest matches of the day.

Sixth seed Wael El Hindi became one of three successful Egyptians on day one when he defeated Indian qualifier Siddharth Suchde 12-10, 11-5, 11-7.

Tour stalwarts Thierry Lincou and Olli Tuominen also confidently claimed their second round places after straight games victories. Fourth-seeded Frenchman Lincou defeated English qualifier Joe Lee 11-8, 11-2, 11-4, while Tuominen, the 13th seed from Finland, battled to a 13-11, 11-6, 11-3 win over New Zealander Campbell Grayson.

 

World Champion Matthew Leads World-Class PSA Masters Field

This week's Punj Lloyd PSA Masters Squash Championship, the tenth and final event of the 2010 PSA Super Series, has attracted a star-studded field led by last week's new World Open champion Nick Matthew and runner-up James Willstrop.

The Englishmen are the top two seeds in the $192,500 event at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in India's capital city New Delhi - the same venue where the pair contested the Commonwealth Games squash gold medal in October.

Matthew, the 30-year-old from Sheffield who became England's first world number one for six years in June, went on the win two gold Commonwealth Games gold medals in Delhi - and, in a dramatic final in Saudi Arabia on Friday, recovered from a game down to beat fellow Yorkshireman Willstrop in four games to become England's first ever world champion.

Matthew, the world number two, is drawn to face 24-year-old Dick Lau, the world No95 from Hong Kong who beat Indian hope Sandeep Jangra 14-12, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9 in today's qualifying finals to earn a place in the main draw.

Willstrop lines up against rising Egyptian star Mohd Ali Anwar Reda, the world No25 from Cairo and highest-ranked unseeded player in the draw.

Indian interest in the main draw was boosted by Mumbai-born Siddharth Suchde, who prevailed in the qualifying finals at the expense of compatriot Ravi Dixit. The UK-based Suchde beat Dixit 11-3, 11-1, 11-4 to eran a place in the main draw against Egypt's sixth seed Wael El Hindi.

But local hopes in Delhi will be led by Saurav Ghosal, the Calcutta-born sixth seed from Chennai. Fresh from his sixth Indian National Championship title triumph last week, Ghosal takes on English qualifier Adrian Waller, who beat India's Deepak Mishra 11-2, 11-8, 11-3 in the qualifying finals.
 

Injuries Beset Punj Lloyd PSA Masters In Delhi

Injuries sustained in this week's Saudi PSA World Open in Saudi Arabia have taken their toll on the draw for next week's Punj Lloyd PSA Masters, the tenth and final PSA Super Series squash event of the year which will take place in India from 14-19 December.

Egypt's Ramy Ashour, plus Saudi quarter-final casualties Karim Darwish and Gregory Gaultier, have all today tendered their withdrawals from the championship at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in Delhi following medical advice. All three have suffered hamstring injuries.

Ashour, the world number one, was seeded to retain the title he won for the first time last year in the prestigious PSA event's first staging in India, in Mumbai.

"We are all very disappointed, of course, that the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters has lost three of its top seeds in the past few hours," said PSA Tour Executive Sheila Cooksley. "It just shows how tough this game of ours is and, as with all sports, injuries come at the most unlikely times and it is devastating for the three of them.

"The PSA World Tour has a tough calendar with five major events in the last three months of the year.

"But despite losing these three players, we have no doubt that the event will still be a top drawer tournament because now there is such a tremendous depth of talent on the PSA Tour," added Cooksley.

England's Adrian Grant, the 15th seed, has also been forced to withdraw from the event as a result of a torn abductor.

The revised seeding now suggest an all-English final between Nick Matthew and James Willstrop - the same line-up which brought to a climax the 2010 Commonwealth Games squash competition at the same Delhi venue in October, when world number two Matthew clinched the first of two gold medals at the Games.

The Matthew/Willstrop line-up would also be a repeat of the 2010 World Open final in Saudi Arabia
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