Punj Lloyd Squash Masters
held at Sirifort, New Delhi
From December 12th-18th in New Delhi
James Willstrop: A PSA Master & World
No1 : 18 December 2011
The climax to an incredible end-of-year run by James Willstrop on the international squash circuit saw the Englishman clinch his third successive PSA World Series title at the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters in India.
And the opening game was a classic. The battle lasted almost an hour, with rarely more than a point separating the pair until the Frenchman emerged the winner 21-19 after one of the highest-scoring games in the history of the 'PAR to 11' scoring system.
But Willstrop fought back in the second game to draw level and was in control in the third as it became clear that all was not well with his opponent.
After treatment in the break, world No3 Gaultier returned to the court - but was clearly suffering from cramp. After a few points, the Frenchman conceded the match to give Willstrop the title, and much more!
"We've been proud to play this event for three years now - we've been extremely well looked after. It's been a very enjoyable event to play in - so thanks to everybody involved, especially Punj Lloyd."
"I'm very proud I've done it here in India - I've had some really nice times here - and won the world junior title here as well."
 James Willstrop (ENG) bt  Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 19-21, 11-8, 11-4, 4-1 ret. (99m)
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt  Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) 12-10, 11-7, 11-1 (53m)
 James Willstrop (ENG) bt  Peter Barker (ENG) 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (30m)
 Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt  Karim Darwish (EGY) 11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 11-3 (60m)
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt  Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 11-5, 11-2, 11-5 (38m)
 James Willstrop (ENG) bt  Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5 (65m)
 Peter Barker (ENG) bt  Ramy Ashour (EGY) 11-13, 11-7, 11-8, 11-1 (45m)
 Peter Barker (ENG) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-5, 11-8, 6-11, 11-5 (52m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Julian Illingworth (USA) 12-10, 11-4, 11-2 (42m)
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Siddharth Suchde (IND) 11-4, 11-1, 11-6 (46m)
Punj Lloyd Squash Masters
at Sirifort, New Delhi: 20/12/2010
Matthew & Duncan are the winners, Dipika loses in quarters
'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 New Delhi
obviously delighted to finish 2010 on a high note, winning the Punj Lloyd
PSA Masters," said the jubilant 30-year-old from
. "It's been the year of my life and I look forward to a good rest
before planning the 2011 campaign.
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."
's Jenny Duncalf justified her top seeding in the
Women's Punj Lloyd WISPA Masters in
by beating second-seeded Australian Kasey Brown in today's final of the
inaugural $36,500 WISPA World Tour squash championship.
No2 Duncalf was in sparkling form in the final against an opponent who
beat her in October's World Open in
, romping through to beat Brown 11-5, 11-5, 11-4.
extremely happy to have finished 2010 on such a high note by winning the
Punj Lloyd Wispa Masters," Duncalf told Indian media after netting
the ninth Tour title of her career.
Dipika Pallikal went down fighting to the second-seeded Kasey Brown
of Australia 5-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 5-11 in the quarterfinals
In a battle of wits that lasted just over an hour, the 19-year-old Dipika
showed that she had the potential to match the best in the world; this
despite a bad start when she lacked the intensity that she showed in the
third and fourth games.
was an outstanding performance by Dipika against the world No. 7. The
difference was the experience of the opponent,” said coach Malcolm
said that she took time to get used to the glass court after having played
on the outer courts, but hastened to add that she was happy to have lasted
five games at the end of an arduous season.
25-year-old Kasey praised the mental toughness of Dipika for coming back
so strongly after losing the first two games.
 Nick Matthew (ENG) bt  James Willstrop (ENG) 11-5, 11-8, 11-7
 James Willstrop (ENG) bt  Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) 11-8, 11-2,
 Nick Matthew (ENG) bt  Amr Shabana (EGY) 11-9, 11-4 ret. (22m)
James Willstrop (Eng) bt Cameron Pilley (Aus) 12-10, 11-1, 11-3;
Hisham Mohammed Ashour (Egy) bt Theirry Lincou (Fra) 11-7, 6-11, 12-10,
Amr Shabana (Egy) bt Mohammed El Shorbagy (Egy) 11-8, 11-9, 11-9;
Nick Matthew (Eng) bt Daryl Selby (Eng) 11-9, 11-7, 13-11.
 Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt  Kasey Brown (AUS) 11-5, 11-5, 11-4
 Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt  Camille Serme (FRA) 11-9, 8-11, 11-3,
9-11, 11-5 (49m)
 Kasey Brown (AUS) bt  Annie Au (HKG) 11-6, 11-9, 4-11, 2-11, 11-8
Jenny Duncalf (Eng) bt Joey Chan (Hkg) 4-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-2;
Camille Serme (Fra) bt Low Wee Wern (Mas) 11-7, 11-8, 11-3;
Annie Au (Hkg) bt Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl) 9-11, 11-9,15-13, 11-9;
Kasey Brown (Aus) bt Dipika Pallikal 11-5, 11-5, 7-11, 7-11, 11-5.
Masters Matthew in Mumbai
Over the last week,
Ramy Ashour has won many admirers with his courageous, inventive and
remarkable stroke-play. On Thursday, he conquered Englishman Nick Matthew
11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9 to win the $152,500 Punj Lloyd PSA Masters title at
the Bombay Gymkhana in Mumbai.
Fourth seed Matthew is
enjoying the form of his life and arrived in the final of the penultimate
PSA Super Series event of the year without dropping a game.
Meanwhile Ashour, still smarting from his straight games loss in last
month's World Open final in Kuwait, had avenged that defeat by beating
fellow countryman Amr Shabana in the semi-finals - and was ready to tip
the scales in his pre-final three-all head-to-head count against the
The 22-year-old from
Cairo led from the outset in the opening skirmishes soon moved a game up.
But it was Yorkshireman Matthew who was in the ascendancy throughout the
second game and levelled the score after 41 minutes.
It was neck and neck
throughout third – with Matthew mostly in the lead. But, a point
away from game ball at 9-7, Matthew saw the third seed romp away with four
points in a row to reclaim the advantage.
Ashour maintained the
momentum to go 3-0 ahead in the fourth – but Matthew led twice
thereafter at 5-3 and 7-5. The Englishman went on to save two match
balls from 7-10 down – but Ashour converted his third attempt to record
his 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9 title-winning triumph after 79 minutes.
The win marks Ashour's
first Super Series success of the year, but the 13th PSA Tour title of his
career - of which, remarkably, eight are Super Series!
Ramy Ashour (Egy) bt Nick Matthew (Eng) 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9.
Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt
Amr Shabana (EGY) 11-9, 13-15, 11-8, 11-2
Nick Matthew (ENG) bt
Peter Barker (ENG) 13-11, 11-6, 11-5
Amr Shabana (EGY) bt Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) 11-5, 5-11, 12-10,
Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt David Palmer (AUS) 11-8, 16-18, 9-11, 11-4,
Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Thierry Lincou (FRA) 11-8, 11-7, 11-4
Peter Barker (ENG) bt Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 11-8, 11-7, 11-5
2nd Round Results :
Amr Shabana (EGY) bt
Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-6 6-11 11-5 12-10
Mohammad El- Shorbagy (EGY) bt James Willstrop (ENG) 7-11 11-5 11-4
David Palmer (AUS) bt Omar Masood (EGY) 11-9 11-9 11-5
Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 11-5 8-11 11-6 13-15 13-11
Peter Barker (ENG) bt Alister Walker (ENG) 7-11 11-9 11-5 11-7
Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt Stewart Boswell (AUS) 11-9 11-7 11-7
Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Adrian Grant (ENG) 11-3 11-5 11-7
Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
beat Daryl Selby (ENG) 11/7, 9/11, 11/9, 11/5
1st round results:
Stewart Boswell (Aus) bt Anwar Reda (Egy) 11-6,11-8,11-3.
Omar Mossad (Egy) bt Wael El Hindi (Egy) 10-12,11-8, 11-9,12-10.
James Willstrop (Eng) bt Jonathan Kemp (Eng) 11-5,6-11,11-3,11-5.
David Palmer (Aus) bt Tom Richards (Eng) 11-9,11-6,11-7.
Amr Shabana (Egy) bt Mathieu Castagnet (Fra) 11-5,11-9,12-10.
Saurav Ghoshal (Ind) bt Cameron Pilley (Aus) 11-8,11-2,1-12,11-8.
Ramy Ashour (Egy) bt Hisham Ashour (Egy) 11-13,11-6,11-8,11-3.
Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy) bt Azlan Iskander (Mal) 14-2 retd.
Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt Joey Barrington (ENG) 11-9, 10-12, 7-11, 11-9,
Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt Olli Tuominen (FIN) 11-3, 11-5, 10-12, 11-5
Adrian Grant (ENG) bt Chris Ryder (ENG) 6-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-9
Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Renan Lavigne (FRA) 11-9, 11-5, 11-7
Alister Walker (ENG) bt Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND) 11-4, 11-5, 11-3
Peter Barker (ENG) bt Julian Illingworth (USA) 11-4, 11-6, 11-4
Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt Davide Bianchetti (ITA) 11-5, 11-3, 11-4
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 12-10, 1-11, 11-13, 11-6,