AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix Quarter-Finals Results

AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix Quarter-Finals
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt [7] Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-1: 6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (54m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [5] Peter Barker (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-4 (28m)
[6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [4] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-2: 11-7, 15-13, 4-11, 3-11, 11-3 (86m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [8] James Willstrop (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (45m)
 
Defending champion Nick Matthew produced an outstanding display to defeat long-term adversary James Willstrop in the quarter-finals of the AJ Bell British Grand Prix, PSA M70 tournament taking place at Manchester’s National Squash Centre and extend his recent dominance over his closest national rival.
 
The pair were facing each other for the first time since the 2014 Commonwealth Games final, when Matthew won a dramatic five-game encounter to claim Gold, but the 35-year-old from Sheffield produced an emphatic performance in an encounter that treated the capacity crowd in Manchester to some electric rallies as he downed his 32-year-old rival 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 to record his 19th consecutive win over Willstrop.
 
“I thought I played really well today,” said Matthew.
 
“I didn’t really expect to play that well yesterday. I tried to start well and that’s what I did. There were patches where he got on top of me because he is a good player. It was always going to be a struggle to maintain that level and I think I maintained it for more than I did yesterday, that’s all I can do.
 
“We’ve not played each other for a while which can be a good thing because it makes you refocus. But it can also be a bad thing because he can surprise me with something new. All I really focused on was trying to impose my game on him from the first point and thankfully I got the win.”
 
The World No.2 now progresses to the semi-final stage where he will face Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad who produced the shock of the round as he knocked out World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez in a high class 86-minute encounter. 
 
“I can only say he [Rodriguez] is one of the best four players in the world,” said Gawad.
 
“He is very good and very strong both physically and mentally. Beating him today is a great achievement. I played well in the first two games and then he came back.
 
“I was thinking in the fifth that I had to win. I have been training really hard so I had to win. I have been eating, sleeping, training all for this.
 
“I put all my focus into the fifth and give it everything. I’m playing with one of the most experienced players on the PSA World Tour tomorrow against Nick. He’s 35-years-old and has been the World No.1 before so he has a lot of experience. First I will rest and tomorrow I will try do my best against a great player like him.”
 
The other semi-final will see World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy take on French World No.3 Gregory Gaultier in a mouth-watering encounter.
 
AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix Semi-Finals Schedule
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v [3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
[6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)  v [2] Nick Matthew (ENG)
 
The AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix – Manchester 2015, promoted by internationalSPORTgroup, are being held at the National Squash Centre in Manchester, England from the 11th - 14th September.
 
For more information on the AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix – Manchester 2015, visit: www.ajbellsquashgrandprix.com or www.isportgroup.com

The quarter-finals of the AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix were staged yesterday at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.