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New York Tournament of Champions

Well that was a bit of a turn up for the books!

James Willstrop is The New York Tournament of Champions Champion.

James beat the PSA World No.1 Ramy Ashor 3-1 (12-10  11-5  9-11 11-3) to secure his first ever New York win.

To see the draw click here and the details of the matches click here

And that’s not the only World No.1 he had to beat. On his journey to the final he had to overcome Amr Shabana and Karim Dawwish, both of who have been at the top of the Sport last year and in Amr’s case for some considerable time before that. Which is why James ranks winning the 2010 Tournament of Champions as the best win of his career.

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  1. January 26, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Seeds 1 to 8 progress!

    There were no upsets in in the last 16 of the Tournament of Champions and all the top seeds are now safely into the Quarter Finals.

    Amr Shabana & Wael El Hindi had the hardest matches against Alister Walker & Simon Rosner respectively) with both matches going to 5 and lasting over an hour.

  2. George
    January 27, 2010 at 4:50 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJEXHCZ9lNY&feature=channel you may enjoy that little link was just afer alan lost in 1st round. (thanks George – excellent interview and good to hear Lyall and chris S mentioned! cheers Jason)

  3. January 27, 2010 at 10:05 am

    The other two quarter finals will be on tonight (26th Jan). Gregory Gaultier (pictured above against Harrow’s Alan Clyne) won easily against Miguel Angel Rodriguez in just 37 minutes to set up a very interesting tie against the World No.1 (Ramy Ashor) in tonight’s first match. And Nick Matthew will play Wael El Hindi to complete the quarter-final line up.

  4. January 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    The second two quarter finals of the New York Tournament of Champions were held last night and Gregory Gaultier (pictured left against Harrow’s Alan Clyne) was back to (almost) top form with an excellent 5 set match against the World No.1, but Ramy Ashor came through in an hour and 10 minutes to win the match. The second semi final saw Nick Matthew beat Wael El Hindi 3-0, but it took him 52 minutes to complete the job!

    The first two quarter finals saw Karim Darwish and Jamie Willstrop progress through to a semi-final clash. Karim beat David Palmer 3-0 and Jamie beat an injured Amr Shabana also 3-0.

  5. January 29, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Two very exciting semi finals last night saw Ramy Ashor and James Willstrop progress to a final show-down at The New York Tournament of Champions. Ramy beat Nick Matthew 3-1 in just under and hour and in the top half of the draw James beat the No.1 seed Karim Darwish in just 38 minutes.

    Should be a fantastic final tonight!

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