Rösner beats Willstrop in ToC thriller!

“To beat James, in the form he has been in recently, on this stage is one of the most significant wins of my career and especially so as I struggled a bit at the end of last year,” said Simon Rösner.

In the men’s draw hard-hitting German Simon Rösner (ri) pulled off one of the most impressive wins of his career to defeat 2010 champion James Willstrop (le) and book his place in the quarter-finals against the current World Champion Gregory Gaultier from France.

Rösner and Willstrop treated the capacity crowd to an 80-minute thriller which came to a crescendo during a 4th game that saw the German squander four match balls before saving 3 game balls to finally to secure the win 9-11, 11-4, 11-3, 16-14.

“I had a few tough defeats at the end of 2015 and was maybe losing a little bit of confidence so to be moving well on court again and winning a big match like this is very important for me. I’m really happy that I managed to close it out in the end and move into the quarter-finals here,” Simon Rösner said.

Further results: Men’s 2nd Round
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Fares Dessouki (EGY) 11-5, 11-9, 11-2 (62m)
[8] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 12-10, 12-14, 11-9, 12-10 (78m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 11-3 (48m)

Draw: Men’s Quarter-finals (head-to-heads)
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v [5] Omar Mosaad (EGY) – (5:2)
[7] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v Borja Golan (ESP) – (3:5)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [6] Simon Rösner (GER) – (21:1)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [8] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) – (2:0)