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James Willstrop

Tournament of Champions RD2: Willstrop Charges into Last 16

England’s former World No.1 James Willstrop moved through to the last 16 of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions after he defeated Scotland’s Greg Lobban in straight-games at Grand Central Station.

The experienced Englishman, who is playing at his 17th Tournament of Champions after making his debut back in 2003, was on top form in the first game with all of his shots finding their target with his trademark accuracy as he took an 11-1 win.

Lobban grew into the encounter in the second and third as he began to take the middle of the court away from Willstrop to make the match more physical but it was not enough to halt the charge of the Englishman, who will face either Peru’s Diego Elias or Wales’ Joel Makin in the next round.

“I can’t start opening up the court, I’m too big for that,” said Willstrop.

“I have to make sure I put him in those back corners and if I do then I have a chance and if not then I’m in a right mess.

“I was trying to look for the chance to attack, I want to play attacking squash, I don’t want to play it down the walls all day. But it’s hard against players like that, he’s stopping you from doing it and I was trying to look for openings, but I probably went a bit too early in the third.

“It’s great to be able to play in front of my son [Logan], I’ve always been vocal about this venue, it’s my favourite. I love coming here and so Vanessa and I wanted to get him here before I’m done, so he’s come as my physical trainer, he does my exercises with me in the morning!”

James Willstrop (ENG) bt Greg Lobban (SCO) 3-0: 11-1, 11-9, 11-8 (37m)

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