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Willstrop & Ashour To Contest Kuwait Cup Final

Posted: 14.03.13

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World number one Ramy Ashour and his world number one predecessor James Willstrop will meet in Thursday’s final of the Kuwait PSA Cup after both celebrated straight games wins in yesterday’s semi-finals.

England’s world number four Willstrop, the defending champion, boasted a 7-2 head-to-head record over his opponent Mohamed El Shorbagy going into the match – but had lost to the Egyptian in their previous meeting in December’s PSA World Championship in Qatar.

The 29-year-old from Leeds was in commanding form in the opening game – but 22-year-old Shorbagy came back in the second and led up to 10-all. But Willstrop increased his lead to 2/0 after winning two standout rallies.

Willstrop maintained the upper hand throughout the third before clinching his 11-5, 12-10, 11-8 in 54 minutes.

“Mohamed has been showing world top four/five form for some time now – his performance in the World Championship was very special,” said the Englishman later.

“I had to bring out my A-game to beat him.

“It’s quite wonderful to be in another Kuwait final.

“Ramy’s as unique as it gets,” added Willstrop, now in his 35th Tour final. “But he’s won enough tournaments now – it’s time he was stopped.”