Pontefract squash star Todd aims for glory in USA

Sam Todd is heading to the USA.
Sam Todd is heading to the USA.

Pontefract Squash Club’s Sam Todd heads for the United States next week to challenge for the USA Under 13 Open.

More than 1,000 players are entered for the under 19, 17, 15 and 13 age groups.

Todd has been in splendid form in Pontefract’s Yorkshire Premier League team this sesaon so hopes are high that the talented youngster’s American venture will be successful.

Pontefract star James Willstrop’s outstanding performances in Seattle at the World Championships have been rewarded with a dramatic rise in December’s world rankings.

After beating world number one Mohammed el Shorbagy and world number five Miguel Rodriguez to reach the semi finals in Seattle, Willstrop has soared from 24 to 15 in the rankings.

His world ranking is likely to rise again in January.

He continued his fine form in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open where he beat in-form Australian Ryan Cuskelly 3-1 before losing 3-1 to the new world champion Gregory Gaultier (France).

Willstrop was due to represent England in the World Team Championships in Cairo but after several nations, including France, the USA and England withdrew for security reasons, the championships have been postponed.

They had originally been scheduled to be held in Kuwait but had been switched at short notice to Egypt.