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Diego Elias (fore) in action against home favourite James Willstrop

Canary Wharf RD2: Elias Eases Past Willstrop

Peruvian World No.6 Diego Elias is through to the quarter-finals of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic after a superb performance saw him overcome former World No.1 James Willstrop at East Wintergarden.

It was his first match at the tournament, and he showed the crowd his skills, with some quality shots for the paying crowd in London’s business district. He needed just 24 minutes to get the better of Willstrop, as he moves through to the last eight, where he will play either Daryl Selby or World Champion Tarek Momen.

“I am really happy. It is always amazing playing James. I have played him a couple of times and I am always nervous because I watched him when I was a kid. It is always great to have another opportunity to play him.

“I enjoyed the match a lot. It is tough to play best-of-three, it was my first time so I was nervous and I knew that if I gave James anything that he could win the match so I had to start really strong at the beginning.

“I tried to make the rallies long and tried to played fast. I was trying to make it as long as possible. I don’t know why I have never played here because it is an amazing atmosphere. This year, I was looking forward to this tournament!”

[6] Diego Elias (PER) bt James Willstrop (ENG) 2-0: 11-8, 11-4 (24m)

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