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Channel VAS Championship - Day Two: As it Happens

Follow us here for reports and reaction as the 2016 Channel VAS Championship at St George's Hill continues into day two in Weybridge.

Former World No.1 James Willstrop will look to draw on home support as he aims to overcome Swiss qualifier Nicolas Mueller in round one, while second seed Omar Mosaad is also in action against South Africa's Stephen Coppinger.

World No.6 Marwan ElShorbagy also takes to the court a day after seeing his older brother, World No.1 Mohamed, go crashing out of the tournament at the first round stage. Marwan will face defending champion Chris Simpson, with his compatriot Tarek Momen taking on tournament wildcard Joe Lee in the day's other fixture.

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Here's the Order of Play
(All times are local GMT)
17:30 [3] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v Chris Simpson (ENG)
18:30 [Q] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) v [2] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
20:00 [WC] Joe Lee (ENG) v [5] Tarek Momen (EGY)
21:00 [6] James Willstrop (ENG) v [Q] Nicolas Mueller (SUI)

ElShorbagy Defeats Defending Champion Simpson in High-Quality Affair

World No.6 Marwan ElShorbagy advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2016 Channel VAS Championship at St George’s Hill after overcoming last year’s winner Chris Simpson in Weybridge.

Coming just a day after his older brother, World No.1 Mohamed, bowed out due to a shock defeat against World No.16 Daryl Selby, Marwan had to be at his best to come through against Simpson in four games.

The 64-minute battle was a high-quality fixture, with both players trading blows in an absorbing encounter that saw few unforced errors and consistent line hitting throughout.

Marwan failed to convert two games balls in the opening game to go a game behind on the tie-break, but he stormed out of the traps in game two to go 7-1 ahead, eventually taking it 11-8 after a strong showing from Simpson almost saw the 29-year-old come back once more.

A strong start from Simpson in the third saw the World No.20 rattle off some early points, but ElShorbagy fought back from 4-1 behind to win the game, before a rampant display from the Bristol-based Egyptian in the fourth brought the match to a close.

“I was really looking forward to being on court today, I like this venue, especially because my sponsors [Channel VAS] are sponsoring this event,” said ElShorbagy.

“I'm quite happy with the way I played today, although I'm not that happy with the end of each game. I felt like I was losing my concentration a little bit at the end of each game, and all credit to Chris, he came back very well in the first game and he almost came back again in the second.

“Every match that I play now is going to be tough and you have to prepare mentally for each match. I'm really happy to get the win today.”

[3] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 3-1: 10-12, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (64m)

Coppinger Scalps Mosaad in Five to Reach Last Eight

South African World No.24 Stephen Coppinger became the latest player at the Channel VAS Championship to cause a huge upset after the qualifier bridged a 16-place World Rankings gap to defeat 2015 World Championship runner-up Omar Mosaad.

The opening day of the tournament saw three of the four matches go the way of the lower-ranked player, and Coppinger looked to be following suit after an error-strewn performance from Mosaad saw the World No.24 go two games ahead.

Mosaad managed to vary the range of his hitting though in the third and fourth games to restore parity, but the errors on his backhand side in particular handed the momentum back to Coppinger in the decider, and he pressed on to take it 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 11-3 in 77 minutes.

“I think today I was far, far more relaxed than I normally would be,” Coppinger said.

“Normally, I would be looking to really push the pace and just throw everything at it from the word go. I think that actually helped because I didn't feel like I was going for high risk shots. 

“The fifth game is always a bit of a lottery, I think the start of any fifth game is really important, and luckily after a few early exchanges I got a little lead and then, once you can see the finish line it changes the dynamics of the game for both of us.

“It's been a good season so far, so I've been fairly confident with my game. I'm just looking forward to the rest of tournament and long may it last, every day is a bonus.”

A startling loss of form from Mosaad has seen the ‘Hammer of Thor’ fall five places to World No.8, and his defeat to Coppinger made it four first round defeats in six tournaments since the start of the season.

“I think it’s a question of confidence,” said the 28-year-old.

“In the first two games, I don’t know what happened, then I thought I had it back, but then in the fifth [it went again].

“It’s a question of confidence, of choices of shots. Sometimes you want to go safe when you should go for it. It’s like I lost my balance.”

[Q] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt [2] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-2: 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 11-3 (77m)

Momen Downs Local Hero Lee to Seal Last Eight Berth

Egypt’s Tarek Momen defeated tournament wildcard Joe Lee in straight games to dash home hopes at the St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club and extend his winning run over Lee to three matches.

The pair’s two previous meetings had seen Lee take a 2-0 lead on both occasions, only for Momen to fight back both times to secure the win in five.

Lee, 27, had plied his trade at the club ever since he was a small boy, and the World No.48 was backed to the hilt by his partizan home crowd. But an accurate start from Momen saw him rattle off a number of winners in the opening game, and the length and width of his shots gave Lee very little to work with as he duly went a game ahead.

Momen doubled his advantage in the second by a narrow 11-9 margin, but Lee kept on battling, with his retrieval skills – coupled with a number of errors from the racket of Momen – enabled him to reel the Egyptian in, and he halved the deficit on the third game tie-break.

Momen got himself back in front in a one-sided fourth though and displayed some majestic touches at the front of the court to close out the win – setting up a meeting with World No.6 Marwan ElShorbagy in the next round.

“I played him twice before, and on both occasions he went 2-0 up against me, and on both occasions he was 9-5 up in the fifth,” said Momen.

“In the World Championship last year, when I beat Nick [Matthew] in the quarters, I think he had a match point.

“He was 2-0 up and 9-5 up in the fifth and I had to dig really deep to win that one. 

“From the very beginning, I knew that I wasn't going to play a regular match. I knew that he would be a very tough opponent for me.

“He played really well today.”

[5] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [WC] Joe Lee (ENG) 3-1: 11-7, 11-9, 10-12, 11-4 (64m)

Willstrop Axes Mueller in Straight Games

Former World No.1 James Willstrop progressed to the quarter-final stage after a composed display from the Yorkshireman saw him overcome Swiss qualifier Nicolas Mueller to bring an end to the second day of action at the PSA M100 tournament.

Willstrop had triumphed in all six of their previous encounters on the PSA World Tour and was appearing at the tournament just four days after a final defeat to long-time rival Nick Matthew in the final of the AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix in Manchester.

The 34-year-old World No.15 dictated the tempo in the early exchanges, finding all four corners with his pinpoint accuracy to unsettle Mueller’s rhythm and go a game ahead.

Mueller responded with an attacking brand of squash in the second as he looked to play the ball into the front corners, but Willstrop pushed through to victory, before coming out on top in a high-quality third game to seal the win in straight games.

“I backed up alright, if I can play Nicolas and win 3-0 against him, then it’s a promising start,” said Willstrop.

“I’ve done my best over the last couple of days to get away from the squash court, keep the body moving and I’m doing everything I can to keep it healthy.

“It feels like I’ve done a decent job, and I’ve got to keep looking after it because it is a bit heavy to play back-to-back tournaments like that, but I was ready for it.

“I would much rather it was tough and back-to-back than being out early, so it’s good.”

Up next for Willstrop is a meeting with South African qualifier Stephen Coppinger after the World No.24 stunned second seed Omar Mosaad to advance to the last eight.

[6] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [Q] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (43m)

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