Springfield Solutions British Squash Grand Prix 1st Round Results

Second seed Matthew, the World No.2, faced compatriot Tom Richards the World No.12 who was unable to capitalise on the game balls in the opening two games before Matthew inflicted a dramatic and stunning third game white-wash.

"I think I played the important points well," said 2011 runner-up Matthew after his 14-12 12-10 11-0 victory. "We had two tie-breakers, and whereas he was patient all through the games, suddenly he tried to force it. I could very well have found myself 2/0 down, after having had game balls in both games. That's why in the third I was making sure I was getting it right."

Top seed Willstrop conceded three fewer points than Matthew in his first round win over England teammate Daryl Selby. Like Richards, World No.11 Selby contested the first two games strongly before finding Willstrop too hot to handle in the third.

"There were a few cobwebs that needed to be cleared out, there's no way you're going to be in top form at the start of the season," admitted Willstrop after his 11-8 11-7 11-4 win. "I was ready for a physical test. I had to hang in during that second game, and when I managed to pull away it gave me a boost for the start of the third."

Willstrop will play World No.9 Laurens Jan Anjema of the Netherlands who defeated wildcard Jens Schoor of Germany 11-7 11-4 11-6 in 36 minutes.

England’s Adrian Grant ensured domestic representation in the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour International 70, but the World No.15 survived a dramatic opener after fighting back from two games and match-ball down against qualifier Saurav Ghosal.

In the longest match of the day, 31-year-old Grant, a former World No.9, recovered from the early two-game onslaught by Indian number one Ghosal, ranked eight places lower, before closing out the match 7-11 7-11 11-3 12-10 11-6 in 87 minutes.

"I have a bit of a loss of confidence at the moment, so I was not at the top of my form when I started today," said left-hander Grant. "And I really don't know why I am such a slow starter. I warm up really well, but I just cannot seem to find that burst of energy I get at the end of matches. I am trying to get the same feeling at the start of the match that I get in the third for example, but so far, I just cannot do it.

"Certain things do fire me up, like when I'm playing rubbish. I'm thinking, 'come on, this is ridiculous', or a bad decision, I get a positive reaction, but still, I just can't be fired up from the start the way I would like to."

UK-based Ghosal summed up his reaction on Twitter: "Lost 3-2 today after being 2-0 up and 10-9 match ball in the 4th!!! Absolutely gutted to say the least. Good performance...just need to win."

Grant moves on to face fellow Londoner and England No.3 Peter Barker for a place in the last four. Fourth seed Barker was also stretched in a marathon encounter with Borja Golan before beating the top-ranked Spaniard 11-8 7-11 12-10 11-2 in 85 minutes.

"You know that a match against Borja is going to be ultra-competitive," admitted World No.7 Barker. "I lacked a bit of mental sharpness today and when I found myself 7-3 down in the third. I knew I had to do something different. And I was a bit more precise after that."

Former World No.1 and third seed Gregory Gaultier overcame Adrian Waller of England 11-6 11-7 11-4 and will play German Simon Rosner who defeated French qualifier Mathieu Castagnet 11-6 11-3 11-5.

PSA International 70 Springfield Solutions British Grand Prix
National Squash Centre, Manchester, Englan

1st Round:
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (59m)
Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt Jens Schoor (GER) 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (36m)
Simon Rosner (GER) bt [Q] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 11-6, 11-3, 11-5 (49m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-4 (36m)
[4] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 11-2 (85m)
Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [Q] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 7-11, 7-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-6 (87m)
Alister Walker (BOT) bt [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-7, 14-12, 11-3 (57m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 14-12, 12-10, 11-0 (48m)

Quarter-Final Line-up:
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) v Laurens Jan Anjema (NED)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Simon Rosner (GER)
[4] Peter Barker (ENG) v Adrian Grant (ENG)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) v Alister Walker (BOT)

The Springfield Solutions British Grand Prix Squash Championship is being staged at the National Squash Centre in Manchester from 21-24 September.

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Issued by info@isportgroup.com on behalf of the Springfield Solutions British Grand Prix – Manchester 2012

World No.1 James Willstrop and World Champion Nick Matthew progressed relatively untroubled in their respective 1st round matches and remain on course to meet in Monday's predicted final of the Springfield Solutions British Grand Prix Squash Championship at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.