Top seeds with top performance in Richmond!

James Willstrop (ENG) beat Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 in the 1st round of the North American Open 2012 (photo: screen shot NAO site)

In yesterday’s 1st round (top half) action at the North American Open in Richmond he top stars certainly delivered top performances, as James Willstrop (ENG), Greg Gaultier (FRA), Amr Shabana (EGY) and Azlan Iskandar (MAS) all produced masterful squash to beat their opponents Nicolas Mueller (SUI), Ollie Pett (ENG), Campbell Grayson (NZL) and Siddarth Suchde (IND) all received a close-up lesson of squash genius. All 4 ended in straight-games results.

1st round (top half):
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 (38m)
Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt Patrick Chifunda (ZAM) 11-3, 11-3, 11-8 (30m)
Adrian Grant (ENG) bt Hisham Mohamed Ashour (EGY) 11-7, 11-6, 11-3 (30m)
[6] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt [Q] Siddharth Suchde (IND) 11-3, 11-5, 11-5 (32m)
[8] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) bt [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (45m)
[Q] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (55m)
Shahier Razik (CAN) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 13-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6 (72m)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [Q] Olivier Pett (ENG) 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (32m)