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Channel VAS Championship - Quarter-Finals: As it Happened

Follow us here for reports and reaction as the quarter-final stage of the 2016 Channel VAS Championship at St George's Hill begins in Weybridge.

Fresh off the back a superb win over World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy in round one, Daryl Selby is looking to reach a fourth PSA World Tour semi-final in a row as he takes on Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal.

New Zealand's Paul Coll will aim to follow up his shock opening round win over Hong Kong's Max Lee against 'Colombian Cannonball' Miguel Angel Rodriguez, while Egyptian duo Marwan ElShorbagy and Tarek Momen clash in a mouthwatering fixture.

Former World No.1 James Willstrop and South African qualifier Stephen Coppinger bring quarter-final proceedings to a close.

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Here's the Order of Play
(All times are local GMT)
14:00 Daryl Selby (ENG) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
15:00G Q] Paul Coll (NZL) v [4] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
16:30 [3] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v [5] Tarek Momen (EGY)
17:30 [6] James Willstrop (ENG) v [Q] Stephen Coppinger (RSA)

Selby Continues Charge with Victory Over Ghosal

England’s Daryl Selby kept up his terrific recent form with a fine display against Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal seeing the Word No.16 take it in straight games to earn his place in a fourth successive PSA World Tour semi-final.

Selby caused a huge shock on the opening day of the PSA M100 tournament after beating World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy, and he continued his swashbuckling displays of squash into his quarter-final clash with Ghosal, controlling the court and moving well to take the opening two games 11-5 and 11-3.

Ghosal lowered the pace and lifted the height of the ball in order to get a foothold in the match, but Selby was just too good on the day and he closed out the third game for the loss of six points to set up a semi-final clash against either World No.13 Miguel Angel Rodriguez or qualifier Paul Coll.

“I felt like I played really well, I don't know how it looked from the outside, but I felt like I hit my targets well and can't have made too many mistakes,” said Selby.

“I don't think Saurav played badly, I made two mistakes in the match, which says it all really. I guess Saurav still hit double figures winners

“If I keep playing like that I'll be tough to beat. If someone beats me, they're going to have to play well, so I've just got to keep it going. It’s nice to win 3-0 for once.”

Selby also paid tribute to close friend and former World No.5 Peter Barker, and praised the advice that he received from his fellow Englishman during training sessions at the start of the season.

“I was able to work with Pete for literally just three or four sessions in September/October time, and the things he said sort of clicked with me last night, and I tried to put those into my game,” the 34-year-old said.

“I think that over the last few weeks and months, it's sort of come together. My dad always gives me great advice, but it's nice to sometimes hear a different voice as well.

“It was small things, a little bit of technique on both sides, and I opened my mind to a few more shots, like the hold and the boast, just things that I had in my armoury, but I didn't use, so he sort of opened my mind to those.

“It was in September/October, so it’s no coincidence that it was the start of the good run. I just wanted to say thanks to him really because it was a little bit of good tweaking and a bit of help from him made a big difference.

“I think that's the advantage when you have a top five player in your corner. They understand the small things and the subtleties in the game, which can make a 20 per cent difference form just a one/two per cent change.”

Result:
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (45m)

Coll Fights Back to Stun Rodriguez in Five-Game Thriller

New Zealand’s Paul Coll claimed his second major shock of the 2016 Channel VAS Championship after he followed up a first round scalp against Hong Kong’s Max Lee to claim a huge victory over World No.13 Miguel Angel Rodriguez in a spectacular five-game affair – sealing his place in a first ever PSA M100 semi-final.


The duo are two of the most exciting and athletic players on the Tour and wowed the gathered spectators at the St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club with a series of high-octane exchanges throughout the 102-minute encounter. Coll, the World No.33, twice came back from a game behind, before he battled to victory in the decider to wrap up the biggest win of his career by a 9-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6 margin.

“I'm very happy at the moment,” said Coll.

“I’m a bit tired, it was a long match, but I'm excited just to keep playing and to get some experience against these top guys.

“I just tightened up [in the fifth game], got him behind me, and stopped giving away those strokes and lets.

Rodriguez took a one-game lead after his superior accuracy made the difference in a tight opener, but Coll – who fought through qualification to reach the main draw – responded with some well-constructed rallies in the second to build up three game balls. Rodriguez saved two of them – with a huge dive showcasing his extraordinary athleticism – but Coll converted on the third attempt to draw level.


Rodriguez opened up the court in the third to restore his lead, before a solid reply from Coll saw the World No.33 capitalise on some errors from the ‘Colombian Cannonball’ to send the match into a nail-biting deciding fifth game.

Coll gave away five strokes at the beginning of the game to go behind, but a sublime drop from the back of the court brought the scores back to 5-5, and it gave him the momentum to press forward and take six of the next seven points on offer to claim a fantastic win for the man from Greymouth – and he will take on the in-form Daryl Selby for a place in the final.


“He [Daryl] is a very smart squash player,” Coll explained.

“He seems to play the right shots at the right times. It's going to be a real test for me. 

“He's been around a while and he's been in some really good form, so I'm just going to have to try and really think about my shots and play my game.”

Result:
[Q] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [4] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-2: 9-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6 (102m)

Momen Dispatches ElShorbagy to Reach Last Four

Egyptian World No.11 Tarek Momen made it four wins out of five against compatriot Marwan ElShorbagy after he defeated the Bristol-based 23-year-old in straight games to reach the semi-finals.

Momen had won their last meeting at the PSA Men’s World Championship in October, but was under the cosh in the early stages as ElShorbagy stormed out of the traps to claim seven game balls in game one, at one point rattling off nine successive points.

But a real drop in focus and intensity allowed Momen back into the match, and it was the 28-year-old’s turn to storm back and win nine points in a row to take it on the tie-break.

ElShorbagy’s slump continued into the second game as Momen went 5-0 up, but ElShorbagy battled back to within a couple of points from his opponent with Momen 6-4 up. However, Momen put together another run of points as he took five of the next six to double his advantage and put one foot in the semi-finals.

The third game was the most tightly-contested of the entire match, with both players points. Momen managed to engineer some breathing space for himself towards the latter stages, and fended off ElShorbagy’s attempts to come back into the match to close out the victory in three.

“I was very gutted with how I lost those nine points in a row because I knew I was in it from the beginning, I was playing really well, and then I just stopped,” said Momen.

“I have no idea why this happened, and then he relaxed because he knew had seven game balls. I don't know what he was thinking, it seemed to me that he was relaxing a bit and I just kept thinking that the game was over, and I just had to play as much as possible in it to get ready for the second game.

“Somehow it paid off. I never thought about the score until the game was over. When it was over, I realised that I did it, I don't know how, but I did it.

“All I needed to do in the next two games is just stick to my game plan, not make errors, and hope that he would break down mentally because of what happened.

“It just paid off for the next two games. He had a sudden wake up at 7-4 in the third game, he came back and I thought that I needed to really push hard because if I lost that one I didn't know what might happen.”

Result:
[5] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [3] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 11-5, 11-8 (45m)

Willstrop Recovers from Game Down to Beat Coppinger

Yorkshireman James Willstrop moved to within one win of a second successive PSA World Tour final after he fought back from a game behind to overcome South African qualifier Stephen Coppinger.

Willstrop – who earlier this week reached the final of the AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix in Manchester – had won five of their six fixtures coming into the encounter, but Coppinger, playing at a furious tempo, built on an early lead in the opening game to go 1-0 up.


Willstrop recovered in the next two games as he began to get in front of his opponent and slow the pace down, winning points with his pinpoint accuracy at the front of the court to establish himself on the fixture and take the lead.

Coppinger – who defeated 2015 World Championship runner-up Omar Mosaad in the previous round – battled hard in the fourth, but Willstrop managed to keep himself in front and he wrapped up a 6-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-6 triumph to set up a semi-final meeting with Egypt’s Tarek Momen.

“I don’t think the tactics really changed that much from either of us, the game kept on the same pattern,” said Willstrop.

“It was just about who was going to come out of the first two games the better. I suppose that’s where I can sometimes impose myself on players, so I’ve got to try and make sure that I can do that.

“If I don’t then I’m in trouble. To get a 2-1 lead after such a tough 45 minutes is a huge thing. It was maybe a result of what had gone on at the beginning.

“It’s very difficult to get a grip on the attack out there because it is so bouncy. You have to be very, very careful going short, but you have to do it. I was trying to find chances, but the chances don’t come with someone of his quality on that court.”

Result:
[6] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [Q] Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 3-1: 6-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-6 (59m)

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