Top seeds in form at the Australian Open!

First four matches in the 2nd round of the men’s draw of the Australian Open saw that all higher seeded players passing their opponents. World no. 1 Nick Matthew (ENG) did not face big problems beating Egyptian 11th seed Wael El Hindi in straight games (11-6, 11-7, 11-3), while 8th seed Englishman Peter Barker took advantage of compatriot Adrian Grant’s retirement after being 11-1 and 2-0 ahead. Four times World Champion Amr Shabana of Egypt was well in control of Malaysian Ong Beng Hee (12-10, 11-6, 11-8) and 6th seed James Willstrop (ENG, pic) destroyed Australian hopes by taking out former two times World Champion David Palmer in four games (11-1, 9-11, 11-2, 11-3).


Petrosport Open: James Willstrop had bad luck again and lost another time in the fifth game in the tiebreak – this time to Ramy Ashour. He schould not worry, better times will come.