British Open: Exit of Yorkshire's James Willstrop ends home interest in Hull

No Englishman will compete in the last eight of the British Open for the first time since 1992 after Yorkshire's James Willstrop was yesterday knocked out in the second round by top seed and world No 1 Mohamed Elshorbagy yesterday.

Thursday, 24th March 2016, 9:32 pm
Updated Thursday, 24th March 2016, 9:37 pm
James Willstrop battles with top seed Mohamed Elshorbagy in Hull on Thursday. Picture courtesy of

A former world No 1 himself, Willstrop, from Pontefract, lost out 11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5 after just over an hour on court at the Airco Arena in Hull.

The result saw Egypt’s Elshorbagy avenge his third round loss to 32-year-old Willstrop in last year’s world championships in Seattle, although the Yorkshireman was happy with his performance.

“I’m pleased to play that way,” said Willstrop, currently ranked 13th in the world.

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“I didn’t set anything on fire in the first two games and could have been better. He played well and he’s been thinking about this match for a long time, since Seattle. He was out to do something different from then.

“I have to keep building on it and hopefully keep upping my level. Obviously I want to win, but it’s all positive for me.

“He mixed it up a lot today. My squash beat his (in the worlds) and that’s the great tactical challenge of this game. He got it better today.”