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James Willstrop hits back from two games down to make last four of squash's NetSuite Open

Willstrop recovers to reach NetSuite Open semi-finals

30/09/2016 at 17:15Updated 30/09/2016 at 17:16

Former World No.1 James Willstrop produced a superb comeback to eliminate Germany’s Simon Rösner in the quarter-finals of the NetSuite Open.

The Englishman looked down and out after Rösner opened up a two-game lead, but tournament wildcard Willstrop dug in superbly and used all of his experience to battle back and earn a 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-2, 12-10 victory.

Two-time World Junior Champion Diego Elias will meet Willstrop for a place in the final after a clinical showing saw him overcome Frenchman Gregoire Marche.

Marche had beaten three-time World Champion Nick Matthew in the previous round, but was frustrated time and time again by the prodigious talents of Elias, who wrapped up an 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 triumph in 40 minutes.

In the Women’s event, World No.2 Laura Massaro became the first finalist after overcoming New Zealand’s Joelle King.

Preston-based Massaro overcame a strong start from King to record a 12-10, 11-5, 11-4 win, ensuring she will lock horns with either eight-time World Champion Nicol David or home hero Amanda Sobhy, who play today, in the final.

2016 NetSuite Open – Men’s Quarter-Final Results (Bottom Half)
[WC] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [6] Simon Rösner (GER) 3-2: 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-2, 12-10 (79m)
[Q] Diego Elias (PER) bt [Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 (40m)

2016 NetSuite Open – Men’s Semi-Final Draw: To be played on September 30
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
[WC] James Willstrop (ENG) v [Q] Diego Elias (PER)

2016 NetSuite Open – Women’s Semi-Final Result (Top Half)
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [4] Joelle King (NZL) 3-0: 12-10, 11-5, 11-4 (33m)

2016 NetSuite Open – Women’s Semi-Final Result (Bottom Half): To be played on September 30
[3] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [2] Nicol David (MAS)

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