Germany’s World No.6 Simon Rösner has reached the semi-finals of the PSA Men’s World Championship for second season in succession after ending the charge of England’s James Willstrop in Doha.
Both Rösner and Willstrop put in spellbinding displays in the previous round as the German outclassed Welshman Joel Makin, while 36-year-old Willstrop dispatched 2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad in the biggest upset of the tournament so far.
"Trademark finish" from
james_willstrop</a><br><br>'The Marksman' showing off the wonderful touch that has kept him amongst the best for years!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/squash?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#squash</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PSAWorldChamps?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PSAWorldChamps</a> <a href="https://t.co/iEUadGxsyR">pic.twitter.com/iEUadGxsyR</a></p>— PSA World Championships (PSAWorldChamps) November 13, 2019
Rösner had only won three of their 12 matches coming into today’s fixture, with all of those wins coming in their previous four meetings, and the 32-year-old added to that tally with an 14-12, 11-6, 11-3 triumph.
A 25 minute first game proved absolutely crucial as Rösner converted on the fifth game ball despite some terrific battling from Willstrop and that gave him the confidence to take the game to the former World No.1 in the final two games to book his place in the last four.
“It's mentally such a big difference whether you're 1-0 up or down, especially when it's that long and it goes to the tie-break,” Rösner said afterwards.
“I knew if I could win that first game, keep the intensity up and play fast squash then I would be able to push through and that's exactly what happened.
“I was able to keep the intensity up, didn't drop down and I'm glad I was able to work it out.
“You want to win the title when you get this far and it has to be my aim now. You don't want to lose just before the finish of the tournament, so I'm definitely up for the next match no matter who I'm playing tomorrow and I'm looking forward to that one.”
Rösner will now play either No.2 seed Tarek Momen or Peru’s Diego Elias as he looks to make it back-to-back finals in Doha after reaching the title decider of the Qatar Classic 12 months ago.
"You want to win the title when you get this far and it has to be my aim now."— PSA World Championships (@PSAWorldChamps) November 13, 2019
simonroesner</a> has his eyes set on the biggest trophy in men's <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/squash?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#squash</a> after beating <a href="https://twitter.com/james_willstrop?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">james_willstrop to reach a second successive Worlds semi#PSAWorldChamps pic.twitter.com/RMGIcFRhCA
 Simon Rösner (GER) bt James Willstrop (ENG) 3-0: 14-12, 11-6, 11-3 (46m)