Throwback Thursday: Ashour and Willstrop Clash in Windy City Open
The 2016 Windy City Open presented by Guggenheim Partners and EquiTrust Life Insurance Company draw was released yesterday as yet another world-class field heads to Chicago for the fifth PSA World Series event of the season on Thursday February 25.
World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy heads the Men’s draw as he looks to further enhance his lead at the top of the PSA Road to Dubai Standings while United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy will be hoping that home support can fire her to her first ever PSA World Series title – just a month after she narrowly missed out on taking the Women’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions crown in her native New York.
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With a number of spectacular fixtures on the horizon, we thought we would take a look back at one of the greatest matches to grace the University Club of Chicago in recent memory – 2014’s enthralling quarter-final battle between three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour and former World No.1 James Willstrop.
Both players were suffering something of a title drought with Ashour going five months without a PSA World Tour crown, while Willstrop’s last success had come at the Canary Wharf Classic almost a year previously.
Ashour came through a difficult encounter with Australia’s Cameron Pilley in the opening round before easing past compatriot Marwan Elshorbagy to reach the last eight.
Meanwhile, Willstrop secured his place in the quarter-final after two commanding displays, first against Malaysian qualifier Nafiizwan Adnan and then against four-time World Champion Amr Shabana, to ensure that he would do battle against ‘The Artist’ Ashour.
The pair lit up Chicago in a dynamic clash which saw both players showcase their considerable attacking prowess in front of an enraptured crowd with a number of superb winners and outrageous shots.
Watch the highlights of this electrifying match below: