Favourite is next in line for Willstrop

James Willstrop. Picture supplied by squashpics.com
James Willstrop. Picture supplied by squashpics.com

JAMES WILLSTROP will head into today’s world championship showdown with top seed Mohamed Elshorbagy buoyed by a “tough” win over India’s Saurav Ghosal.

The 32-year-old former world No 1, from Harrogate, secured a comfortable 3-0 win over his former Pontefract team-mate at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington.

He now lines up against Egypt’s world No 1 Elshorbagy later today for a place in the quarter-finals.

“Saurav’s been in great form,” said Willstrop, who is still on the comeback after undergoing surgery.

“I haven’t really got a lot of those tough matches under my belt so I’m absolutely chuffed to bits to be able to put that together like that really.

“You forget how to do it a little bit and you’ve got to relearn it which I’ve been doing for a few months now and it came together against Saurav.”

Elsewhere, there was dismay for Harr0gate-based Chris Simpson, who suffered a first round exit at the hands of 15th seed Stephen Coppinger, the South African winning 
11-9, 11-7, 11-4.