Netsuite Open 2015 - 27 Sep - Quarters

Netsuite Open 2015 - 27 Sep - Quarters

Published on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Netsuite Open 2015 - 27 Sep - Quarters

27 Sep, Quarters :

Grégory Gaultier (Fra) bt [8] James Willstrop (Eng)

11/4, 8/11, 11/9, 11/3 (57m)

 

Gaultier keeps defence alive in San Francisco Defending champion Grégory Gaultier kept alive his hopes of retaining the trophy, and of claiming the title for the third time overall, following a thrilling four-game encounter with England’s James Willstrop in San Francisco. The enigmatic Frenchman was taken to the brink against Egyptian Ali Farag in the first round of action but showed no signs of any physical weariness as he took the opening game in just nine minutes. But Willstrop, who has been slowly recovering from a career-threating hip injury during the past 12 months, responded in style, showing glimpses of the form that saw him top the world rankings for 11 months in 2012 as he dictated the pace to level the scores. Drama, tension, and intense rallies in tight third game as both players traded winners to the delight of the crowd but it was Gaultier who edged it and the physical exertion took its toll on 6’4" Willstrop as his energy levels dropped in the fourth, allowing the World No.3 to secure passage to the semi-finals. “That was a very tough four games tonight,” said Gaultier. “James is definitely improving and that’s the best I’ve seen him play for a while. At the beginning I was attacking and I could see he was struggling to move but in the second he came out and surprised me and was getting all my shots back. “Luckily I managed to win the third game which was a big advantage for me and I was able to let my arm go a little in the fourth so I’m very happy to go through today.”

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