Pontefract ace Willstrop reaches Kuwait Cup final

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Pontefract Squash Club’s James Willstrop is well known for the precision of his play and this has led to him being one of the most consistent players on the world tour.

After reaching the semi finals in the Tournament of Champions in New York and the North American Open in Virginia, he reached the final of the Kuwait Cup.

He was impressive in the early rounds as he beat Tarek Momen (Egypt) and Gregoire Marche (France) both 3-0 to face Karim Darwish (Egypt) in the quarter finals.

He again impressed, winning 3-1, and then faced yet another Egyptian Mohammed el Shorbagy in the semi finals.

Willstrop (pictured) had lost an epic two hour semi final to Shorbagy in the World Championships in Qatar in December but he put that right with a comprehensive 3-0 win this time.

In the final he met the current world number one, the in-form Ramy Ashour (Egypt).

Matches beteen the two invariably providing squash of the highest world standard.

Willstrop won the first game, controlling Ashour as few others can and led 7-5 in the second game.

However, when Ashour hit back to win the second the pattern of the match changed and Ashour won the third and fourth with some ease.

Willstrop returns to London for the Canary Wharf Classic where he won the inaugural event and has enjoyed much success.

He is seeded two to meet Nick Matthew in the final but has Shorbagy to play again in the semi final.

Willstrop has been attracting world wide attention for a shot he played against Ashour in Virginia.

It has appeared all over the world and featured on Swiss television.

Miguel Rodriguez, the Columbian number one, has been training at Pontefract and he plays Matthew in the first round at Canary Wharf.

Pontefract’s Saurav Ghosal goes to Malaysia for the Malaysian Open where he plays Tarek Momen in the first round.

Nine- year-old Sam Todd and Ellen Cooper, representing England at under 13 level in Le Mans, France, remained unbeaten throughout the tournament as England won the championship, beating France 5-0 in the final.

England beat Ireland and Scotland 5-0 and faced a powerful Welsh team in the semi final.

Wales led 2-1 but Ellen Cooper brought the scores level with a 3-2 win and it was left to Sam Todd to take England into the final. He also won 3-2 and the final against France proved easier.

It was a remarkable triumph for the Pontefract pair, being unbeaten in four matches and proving their resilience under pressure.