Two days of play in Bellevue, Washington, as the last sixteen of the Men’s World Champs were decided …
Marche makes History for French
For the first time since 2003 there will be three Frenchmen competing in the third round of the Men’s World Squash Championship after World No.36 Gregoire Marche came through his second round encounter in Bellevue, Washington to join compatriots Gregory Gaultier and Mathieu Castagnet in the least 16.
25-year-old Marche recorded one of the biggest wins of his career as he bested World No.15 Stephen Coppinger after a gruelling 88 minute battle at the Meydenbauer Centre to secure his place in the third round for the first time in his career and create history for French squash.
“I arrived here in a poor shape and feeling a bit sick and struggling with jetlag. But today I was feeling really good on the court thanks to the work the French team here have down with me this tournament.
“I started really poorly today but I’m quite proud of the way I dealt with it and managed to come back. I just focused on the job to be done and did it so I’m pleased.”
Marche will now face Tarek Momen in the third round after the Egyptian ended the surge of Peruvian World Junior Champion Diego Elias while 2014 World Champion Ramy Ashour continued the defence of his crown with a polished victory over Mohamed Abouelghar.
Ashour took just 37-minutes to overcome the 22-year-old in straight-games on a day that also saw World No.2 Nick Matthew move comfortably into the next round with victory over Karim El Hammamy while Egyptian trio Omar Mosaad, Marwan Elshorbagy and Karim Abdel Gawad also triumphed.
“I’m pleased with the way I played today and hopefully I can just keep it going now,” said Ashour.
“Mohamed is not an easy guy to play – he just goes for his shots and tries to do something different with every shot, which reminds me of someone I know! He’s a very good player and a guy who will be top ten soon and he made me earn my points but it’s good to have those kind of matches.”
French Duo march on as Home Hopes extinguished
French pair Gregory Gaultier and Mathieu Castagnet stormed through to the last 16 of the 2015 Men’s World Squash Championship after coming through comfortable victors in their second round encounters at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington.
Four-time World Championship runner-up Gaultier, the World No.3, was in scintillating form as he easily swept aside the challenge of Egyptian Omar Abdel Meguid in a ruthlessly efficient 35-minute performance that will significantly boost his hopes of finally ending his hoodoo at the sport’s most prestigious tournament.
“I was happy with the way I was playing today.” said Gaultier. “I was more fluid than the last round and I think I’m starting to raise my game day-by-day. After so many tournaments back-to-back I was a bit tired last week in Qatar.
“I’m trying to analyse everything, get into my routines and do what I have to do on court. This is a title that has been eluding me, but I’m not really thinking about the title at the moment, I have to remain focused on my tactics and I thought I did that quite well today.”
Gaultier will now face Egyptian youngster Karim Ali Fathi for a place in the quarter-finals after the World No.42 stunned No.18 Fares Dessouki, coming through a brutal 83-minute encounter, while Castagnet will take on Colombian World No.5 Miguel Angel Rodriguez after defeating American Todd Harrity to end all hopes of home success in the process.
“I’m 29 and it’s my first time ever reaching the last 16 at the World Championship,” said Castagnet.
“But I’m a squash professional so of course I want more. I want to reach the quarters at least so I will make the most of my rest day tomorrow to prepare for my next match.”
Rodriguez came through a thrilling 75-minute match with unfancied Kiwi Campbell Grayson, with the first game alone last an epic 32-minutes, while former World No.1 James Willstrop, who missed the 2014 iteration of the tournament through injury, showed that he is once again on the rise with a comfortable 3-0 win over World No.17 Saurav Ghosal.
“I haven’t really got a lot of those tough matches under my belt so I’m absolutely chuffed to bits to be able to put that together like that really. You forget how to do it a little bit and you’ve got to relearn it which I’ve been doing for a few months now and tonight it came together.”
Elsewhere World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy had no trouble getting past World No.22 Tom Richards while Simon Rösner and Ali Farag also secured their berths in the last 16.
2015 Men’s World Championship, Round TWO
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 11-8, 11-5, 11-2 (31m)
James Willstrop (ENG) bt  Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (41m)
 Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [Q] Todd Harrity (USA) 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (38m)
 Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 16-18, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (75m)
 Simon Rösner (GER) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 (53m)
Ali Farag (EGY) bt  Max Lee (HKG) 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (41m)
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt Fares Dessouki (EGY) 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4 (83m)
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (35m)
 Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (37m)
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 11-7, 11-3, 14-12 (37m)
 Borja Golan (ESP) bt Paul Coll (NZL) 11-9, 13-11, 11-5 (55m)
 Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 11-7, 10-12, 4-11, 11-8, 11-1 (75m)
 Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Diego Elias (PER) 11-6, 11-1, 17-15 (43m)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt  Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 6-11, 11-4, 11-8, 3-11, 11-7 (88m)
 Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-7, 11-5, 13-11 (61m)
 Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [Q] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 11-2, 11-8, 11-4 (38m)