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James Willstrop during last year's British Open

Top Seeds Willstrop and Meguid to Contest Wimbledon Open Final


Former World No.1 James Willstrop and Egypt’s Omar Abdel Meguid, seeds one and two, respectively, will go head-to-head in the final of the Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open, PSA M25 tournament after securing semi-final victories in the inaugural event.

Willstrop went up against fellow Englishman Declan James in his last four encounter, with the latter having endured a gladiatorial five-game contest with George Parker in the previous round.

The match was a perfect representation of both Willstrop and James’s strengths with accurate lobs, precise drops and excellent lengths being hit regularly in front of a captivated crowd. Yorkshireman Willstrop took the opening game by the narrowest of margins and kept James at arm’s length in the second and third to record an 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 triumph and seal a place in his first PSA World Tour final in 18 months.

“I know a lot about Declan,” Willstrop told SquashSite.

“He is part of the group of up-and-coming players we train with for the England squad and they’re really tough to play. I hadn’t played in that club atmosphere for a while and I must say that it was quite an experience which I have thoroughly enjoyed. We have the British Open just around the corner, which is the most important tournament of the year after the World Championship, so it’s good to get a bit of match sharpness.

“I’m a bit light on match play generally, so it’s good that I was able to play an event such as this one. Tomorrow, I know that Omar and myself will try our best to play a good match. He is a very talented player and very hard to beat but I will try to take that inaugural title.”

Meanwhile, Meguid went up against World No.122 Joshua Masters in his semi-final fixture, with Masters impressing throughout the event as he battled through from qualifying to reach the last four. After going a game down, Masters then levelled proceedings with a display that belied his world ranking but he was ultimately unable to overcome Meguid, who rallied to take the next two games without reply and set up a final showdown with Willstrop.

Results – Semi-Final: Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open 2016
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [3] Declan James (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 (40m)
[2] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [Q] Joshua Masters (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7 (58m)

Draw – Final
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) v [2] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)

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