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U.S. OPEN DAY THREE: Player Reaction - Glass West

The third round of the U.S. Open presented by Truist begins today, as the last 16 players in each draw battle for a place in the quarter finals at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center.

We'll be bringing you reports and reaction from Glass Court West right here, including coverage of former World No.1 James Willstrop – who stole the headlines yesterday with a stunning win against No.5 seed Marwan ElShorbagy – who plays Egypt's Mohamed Abouelghar, and women's No.5 seed [5] Sarah-Jane Perry's match against Emily Whitlock.

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Willstrop into quarters in thrilling Abouelghar encounter

James Willstrop continued his incredible run at the U.S. Open to beat Mohamed Abouelghar and become the oldest male player reach a Platinum quarter finals.

Willstrop showed few signs of tiredness after his round two epic and looked the stronger of the pair in the first game, which he took 11-9.

Abouelghar came back strongly in the second, wrestling momentum from Willstrop with a dominant 11-7 win.

The third game was a competitive one, with Willstrop initially taking the lead only to be reeled in by Abouelghar. After levelling at 7-7, Abouelghar kept the pressure up, taking the game 11-9 to put himself in the driving seat.

Willstrop fought back hard in the fourth, dominating the court to take an 11-4 win in just seven minutes to force the match into a fifth game.

The decisive final game began at a slower pace, perhaps unsurprising given the effort expended during the previous four. Willstrop was the first to make a move, beginning to build a lead and pull ahead. As Willstrop pulled further and further ahead, a win soon appeared inevitable, with the World No.31 eventually recording a crushing 11-3 win to seal a memorable victory.


Speaking after the match, Willstrop said: “Training must have gone pretty well in San Fran.

“I was doing some coaching, doing some training, just trying to get myself together. August wasn’t brilliant, so I was just trying to get myself together. It must be the experience, I’ve been at it long enough, so I’ve got to draw on it sometimes.

“I’m continually being very careful, and I work with Alison, my physio, constantly to look after the body because I love this and being on there. I’ve missed this [being interviewed] I don’t even know if I’m looking at the right place! It’s just great, I love playing and I try and keep myself in shape.

“I just have to be a bit careful with the sessions I put in because it takes it out of you. But if I apportion it really carefully I can get to a high level.

“I haven’t played these levels of matches in three days for a long time. I can’t expect too much of myself. I just love it, this is a great tournament, I don’t know how longer I’ll be able to do this sort of stuff, so I’ll just get stuck in.”

Result
James Willstrop (ENG) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-2: 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-3 (63m)

King cruises into quarters

New Zealand’s No.6 seed Joelle King produced an assured performance to knock out India’s Joshna Chinappa and proceed to a quarter-final match against Hania El Hammamy.

King looked confident and in control throughout the duration of the match, taking the first game 11-3 against a shocked Chinappa.

The 33-year-old continued to dominate the rest of the match, she took the second 11-4 and the third 11-6 to cap an excellent performance inside 27 minutes.

Speaking after the match, King said: “I’m really happy with that performance. Joshna and I have been playing on tour for probably as long as each other and we’ve had many battles over the years. I’m really happy to get off there three-love and thought I played really well, executed my plan as close to perfection as I could and now I’m looking forward to the quarter finals.

“To be honest, on this trip, since I started in San Francisco, I came here just to try and play the best squash I could play, came in with a little less pressure on myself and just wanting to play squash. I think it’s showing on court that I’m quite relaxed and able to think quite clearly because there’s not the same pressure on me as I’ve put on myself in the past.”

On her next match, against Hania El Hammamy, she said: “I think, similar to San Francisco, these courts are quite different to the regular court but also a lot of the glass courts that we play on, so I think it’s going to be about playing the court well because it can be really rewarding if you do.”

Result

[6] Joelle King (NZL) bt Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-6 (27m)

Makin puts down spirited Bonmalais

Makin made a strong start to the match, taking the first game 11-6, only for Bonmalais to rally and beat Makin by the same scoreline in the second.

Makin took the third game 11-5 and looked to be cruising into the quarters in the fourth, but was stunned as Bonmalais went on the offensive and recovered from 7-3 down to lead 9-8. This time, though, it was Makin’s turn to flip the scoreline, and the 26-year-old reclaimed the lead to take the game 11-9 and the match 3-1.

Speaking after the match, Makin said: “That was hard. I knew it was going to be difficult, you don’t beat Mosaad on the side court unless you’re a proper quality player and I knew that. Ranking aside, he’s moving really well. He’s mobile, he’s being aggressive and he took it to me. That’s what I want from those [lower-ranked] guys, you want people to get stuck in and have a proper match and he did. Good quality I thought.”

On stopping the threatened comeback in game four, he said: I had to get back across the middle. The ball was going dead quickly and I just needed to reassert myself across the middle because I was chipping a little bit trying to work him out of position and he was being aggressive so I had to go forward with him.”

On his potential matchup with Ali Farag or Mazen Hesham he said: “I played Ali last week, he’s the form player at the moment and he’s playing well isn’t he. I’m looking forward to playing. It was a difficult situation last week in San Fran, freezing cold and a best-of-three match and it could be quite different tomorrow. I’m looking forward to doing better than last week!”

Result
Joel Makin (WAL) bt Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA) 3-1: 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9 (61m)

Alves makes first Platinum quarter final after Kennedy win

Melissa Alves progressed to her first Platinum quarter final after beating England's Georgina Kennedy.

Alves looked assured and in control throughout the encounter.

The first game was relatively even, with Alves eventually edging the battle 11-8. From here, though, the 27-year-old looked imperious. Kennedy had no answer at times for Alves' accuracy and power and the Frenchwoman took the second and third games 11-2 and 11-6 to set up a quarter-final match against World No.1 Nour ElSherbini.

After the match, Alves said: “It was a great opportunity to play Gina here on this court because we played college squash together so it was great. It felt like Penn v Harvard again, it was just a great opportunity and I was excited to play today and getting my first quarter final in a Platinum event. These are the best facilities to play a quarter final against the best player in the world. I’m just thrilled and excited for tomorrow.

“I felt like I was really used to the court and I felt like she was trying to find her length and target. I guess I adjusted faster than her. My targets on the back of the court were better and I was just ready for a big fight. I just wanted to start really strong and show her that I was ready for this. I think that’s what made the difference, I started strong and didn’t let it go.

On her next opponent, Nour El Sherbini, she said: “She’s the best player in the world and there’s no pressure for me against her. I’m excited for a big fight again. I’m ready to play on the big stage now and am just excited. If I start strong and keep the rally and the momentum, anything can happen. Why not tomorrow?”

Result
Melissa Alves (FRA) bt Georgina Kennedy (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-2, 11-6 (27m)

Asal wins epic against Masotti

Egyptian No.8 seed Mostafa Asal overcame France’s Baptiste Masotti in a brutal match to setup a third PSA World Tour meeting with Paul Coll.

In a see-saw opener, it was Masotti who took the game 12-10, with a brutal rally at 10-10 won by the Frenchman proving the decisive moment in the 23-minute-long first game.

Asal came back well in the second, finding parity with an 11-7 win, only for Masotti to fire back hard with a 10-minute 11-5 win in the third.

Asal, though, is well known for his powers of recovery, and it was little surprise that the 20-year-old forced his way back into the mach once more with a well-deserved 11-7 win in the fourth.

This time, Asal was able to build on the win. He started the final game at frenetic pace, racing into a 5-1 lead. Although at one stage it looked like Masotti was beginning to reel Asal in, the Egyptian was able to up the pace once again to record an 11-3 win, taking the match 3-2.

Speaking after the match, Asal said: “Baptiste is a very good player, I need to recover from my injury as well. It’s very tough to think about the injury and think about your shoulder. You can’t play without your shoulder, if it’s in a little bit of pain you always think about it. I want to thank the physio, she was beside me every time and I was asking her whether I should continue.

“I don’t want to risk my shoulder, there’s a career and I’m 20 years old. It’s OK and I’m playing well but there is pain and it’s not 100 percent recovered from San Francisco because during the match against Iker yesterday was my first hit. I’m ready for the tournament and trying to manage the game because I’m not playing tournaments and only have nine tournaments in my calendar, other players average 15 or 16 tournaments and I’m thinking I should be playing all the tournaments. Baptiste is a very tough player and I’m happy to deal with it and have a good match today.”

On whether he had any special celebrations planned for if he beats Paul Coll in the next round, Asal said: “No, I don’t think so. Paul is a very nice person and I have all the respect for him and what he’s achieved in the last couple of years.

“As Mohamed ElShorbagy and Ali Farag have said, he’s a really nice guy outside of the court and inside the court. [When we last played] I was the underdog I think, in the two matches, and in this match too, the third match.

“I’m sorry about my celebrations as well, for him. But I was in front of my country and in front of my home and I was getting excited every time. It’s always been a pleasure to play with him and to play with him again is a pleasure because I think he’s a legend of his country and the rest of the world. I’m looking forward to him as well and hope we enjoy the match.”

Result
[8] Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt Baptiste Masotti (FRA) 3-2: 10-12, 11-7, 5-11, 11-7, 11-3 (77m)

Experience key as Perry edges Whitlock

England's Sarah-Jane Perry will face World No.2 Nouran Gohar in the U.S. Open quarter finals after beating Wales' Emily Whitlock 3-2 in an entertaining affair.

Going into today's match, No.5 seed Perry had not lost any of their five previous meetings.

That record seemed to be in danger as Whitlock impressed around the court, and with the scores tied at two games apiece anything seemed possible.

Perry, though, showed the same determination that has seen her out of plenty of tough spots, and was able to steady herself and take the final game 11-4.

After the match, Perry said: “I thought in patches I played well and in patches she played well but there wasn’t much where we both played well at the same time. It was one of those up and down matches.

“I was pleased with the way I started, especially after yesterday where I did well to come through that and today was almost like a second life, after saving all those match balls. I was pleased with the way I came out with a lot more control today, not so frantic. There were points in the match where it got a bit frantic and my shot selection went a bit awry, but I brought it back and managed to find my focus in that fifth and build up a good lead and keep it solid to get over the line.

“My age has got to be useful for something! The experience factor. I think over the years I’ve won a lot of those matches and I’ve also lost a lot and learnt from them.

“Emily’s played a lot of matches as well, I think it’s in those big moments, trying to find your confidence from places and I’ve been in that situation quite a few times against Emily and have managed to come through in all of them. The fact that she’s never beaten me maybe gave me that extra edge. I’m not saying she’s not capable of beating me, getting to 2-2 in those matches means she probably is, but I’ve managed to just keep the edge for now.”

Result
[5] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Emily Whitlock (WAL) 3-2: 11-4, 1-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-4 (45m)

Elias survives Kandra fightback to progress

Peruvian No.7 seed Diego Elias avoided a banana skin to progress to a quarter-final meeting with World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy.

“I’m feeling good. I think I started really well and then Rapha started playing a lot better, he started running a lot more and I lost my shot a little bit and was going short too quickly. He was counterattacking really well. Yes, I’m happy I finished the match in four.”

On putting down the counterattack, Elias said: I just wanted to finish it in four so badly. Because in the fifth game anything can happen so I started to put in a lot of pace again and started to hit the ball a lot harder. I knew he had played a couple of tough matches before and so I knew if I could make it physical he was going to struggle a bit.

On his next opponent, ElShorbagy, he said: I’m feeling well, I’m playing good squash and I think tomorrow is going to be a good match. I’m excited, it’s been a while since we’ve played and it’s going to be a good match.”

Result
[7] Diego Elias (PER) bt Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-1: 11-2, 11-4, 10-12, 12-10 (48m)

Gilis bests Naughton in epic

Belgium’s Nele Gilis came through an epic match with Canada’s Hollie Naughton to conclude the day’s play.

Gilis took the first game relatively comfortably, with the 25-year-old claiming an 11-7 win.

In an incredible second game, Naughton saved several game balls to shock Gilis in a brutal 20-minute game. Everything seemed to be going smoothly for Gilis, who recovered from a slow start to lead 10-8. Naughton fought back hard, though, and as both players jostled for supremacy the the scoreboard ticked to dizzying heights. Eventually, Naughton completed the comeback to level the game at 1-1 with a scarcely believable 19-17 win.

The third, though not as long, was no less fiercely contested, with Gilis edging a back-and-forth game 12-10.

This win seemed to give Gilis a boost, and she took the final game relatively comfortably, being out the match with an 11-3.

After the match, Gilis said: “I’m tired now, but super super happy. That second game, the 19-17, I’m not sure what happened. I think I had about ten game balls and still didn’t manage to win. But all credit to Hollie, she pushed me super hard and I knew it was going to be a tough battle. I did not take her lightly one bit.

“I guess because I was watching the previous match, with Olivia and Amanda, I was trying not to think about it, but it was kind of in the back of my head, there was this huge opportunity. I was trying not to think about it but it was at the back of my mind and it made me nervous. I was a bit edgy today but I’m so happy I found a way to win.

“I’m super excited for tomorrow. [Tomorrow’s] going to be a tough tough match, I’ve had a couple of tough matches against [Olivia] in the past few months but I’m looking forward to it and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Result
Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-1: 11-7, 17-19, 12-10, 11-3 (56m)

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