ROWE British Grand Prix – Manchester 2010 – 2nd Round

England team-mates James Willstrop and Daryl Selby ensured domestic interest in the quarter-finals of the ROWE British Grand Prix Squash Championship after straight games successes in the second round of the $92,500 PSA Super Series event – the biggest in Europe this year - being staged at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.
 
Selby, the No.7 seed from Essex who broke into the world top ten this year, was looking for his first Tour win over English rival Alister Walker after defeats in their two previous Tour clashes.
 
And the world number nine finally made his breakthrough with an 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 win over Walker, the Leeds-based World No.17 from Gloucestershire.
 
"To get Alister in three games is no mean feat," said the jubilant 27-year-old. "I want to do well in this tournament, and if I carry on playing like that, anything can happen."
 
Selby feels he is back on track after a shock defeat to lower-ranked fellow countryman Tom Richards in the first round of the Australian Open last month. "That gave me quite a kick start as I was playing well – but he played better and thoroughly deserved the win.
 
"In hindsight, it perhaps did me some good, as I've been playing better since then – sometimes you can learn more from a loss than a win. You can turn a negative into a positive.
 
"Perhaps I owe Tom a vote of thanks," added Selby.
 
Willstrop, the fifth seed from Leeds, battled for 45 minutes to quash Manchester-based Australian Stewart Boswell 11-6, 11-9, 11-9.
 
"Stewart is not only very good, but experienced too. I know him pretty well – we train together a lot
 
When asked what are his goals, Willstrop replied: "Kuwait, Qatar, India, Egypt," referring to the locations of the PSA Super Series events which follow the British Grand Prix.
 
"To win a Super Series event is huge," admitted the 27-year-old Yorkshireman. "And of course there's the Commonwealth Games, and finally the World Open," added the former World No.2.
 
Does the current World No.6 yearn to reclaim his No2 position – then move on to become the world's top-ranked player? "I concentrate on the tournaments – I don't think too much about rankings. Do well in the tournaments and hopefully the rankings will follow!"
 
Winner of the opening PSA Super Series event of the year in New York, Willstrop is now poised to exploit the gap in the field left by the withdrawal through illness of compatriot Nick Matthew, the World No.2.
 
Willstrop, a finalist in his previous two appearances on the all-glass Manchester court, will now meet Pontefract club training partner Saurav Ghosal, the 14th seed from India who ousted Guernsey-born qualifier Chris Simpson 11-4, 7-11, 14-12, 11-4.
 
"It's my first quarter-final in a Super Series event – I am so happy," said the Calcutta-born 24-year-old who is India's highest-ranked player of all-time.
 
"Playing James is always a pleasure. I've learned so much from him. I'm going to try and play the best I can – hopefully we'll play some good squash," added the World No.26.
 
Gregory Gaultier became one of two Frenchmen to make the last eight when he beat England left-hander Adrian Grant, the No.9 seed. Gaining revenge for an acrimonious clash on the same court in the Manchester World Open almost two years ago, Gaultier beat London-born Grant 11-4, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9 in 75 minutes.
 
"I knew Adrian would be up for it as he's had some good results – and he would want to play well in front of his home crowd," said the Frenchman. "I managed to push hard in the fourth to close the match. I wanted to make him work hard.
 
"I'm happy to go through. I played really well in Australia and Hong Kong – that built up my confidence," added the 27-year-old from Aix-en-Provence who is bidding to return to the form which saw him reach No1 in the world rankings in November last year.
 
Gaultier will be joined in the last eight by fellow countryman Thierry Lincou, the sixth seed who fought for exactly an hour to quash rising Egyptian Mohd Ali Anwar Reda, the 15th seed, 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8.
 
The 34-year-old from Marseille has little to prove – having won the world title and reached world number one in his illustrious career. "My goal for this season is to qualify for the Super Series Finals. I need to be consistent and make a few quarter-finals and semi-finals.
 
"But I still love the game, and love the training – and I get great support from my family," added Lincou. "But my aim isn't to get back to world No1 – I'd like to stay in the top eight.
 
"And it would be nice to keep causing a few upsets!"
 
Lincou now lines up against Egypt's new world number one Ramy Ashour, the 22-year-old from Cairo who ended the run of Alan Clyne with an 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 win over the Scottish qualifier from Edinburgh.
 
Ashour will be joined in the quarters by fellow countryman Amr Shabana, the reigning world champion from Cairo who beat his older brother Hisham Mohd Ashour 11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 11-4.
 
Shabana, a four-time world champion, boasts 26 PSA World Tour titles – as does his quarter-final opponent David Palmer, the eighth seed from Australia who defeated Pakistan's Aamir Atlas Khan 11-4, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6.
 
Quarter-Final Line-up:
[14] Saurav Ghosal (IND) v [5] James Willstrop (ENG)
[4] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [7] Daryl Selby (ENG)
[3] Amr Shabana (EGY) v [8] David Palmer (AUS)
[2] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [6] Thierry Lincou (FRA)
 
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National Squash Centre, Sportcity, Manchester, England
2nd round:
[14] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-4, 7-11, 14-12, 11-4 (55m)
[5] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [11] Stewart Boswell (AUS) 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 (45m)
[4] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [9] Adrian Grant (ENG) 11-4, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9 (75m)
[7] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [10] Alister Walker (ENG) 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 (61m)
[8] David Palmer (AUS) bt [12] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) 11-4, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6 (53m)
[3] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt [13] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) 11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 11-4 (38m)
[6] Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt [15] Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8 (60m)
[2] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [Q] Alan Clyne (SCO) 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 (23m)