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Matthew and Duncalf takes Masters Titles in Delhi

England’s Nick Matthew and Jenny Duncalf both justified their top seeding as the claimed the PSA and WISPA Maters titles with victory over their second-seeded opponents in the finals in New Delhi …

Matthew Masters Willstrop In New Delhi

England’s Nick Matthew finished the year on the best possible high when he beat fellow countryman James Willstrop in today’s final of the $192,500 Punj Lloyd PSA Masters to win the tenth and final 2010 PSA Super Series championship at the Sirifort CWG Block in the Indian capital New Delhi.

It was at the same venue in October that Matthew also beat his England team-mate to win the Commonwealth Games gold medal – and last week he became England’s first ever world champion after winning the World Open in Saudi Arabia.

His 2010 celebrations continued when he reached the PSA Masters semi-finals – an achievement which ensured that he would start 2011 as world number one.

Then came today’s icing on the cake – when Matthew despatched his fellow Yorkshireman 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 to extend his unbeaten Tour run over Willstrop to 10 matches since December 2007.

“I’m obviously delighted to finish 2010 on a high note, winning the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters,” said the jubilant 30-year-old from Sheffield. “It’s been the year of my life and I look forward to a good rest before planning the 2011 campaign.

“I’d like to thank James for such a tough match and congratulate him on a strong end to the season and to thank Punj Lloyd for their sponsorship of the event and support of Indian squash.”

The win takes Matthew’s career PSA Tour title tally to 17 – of which seven were achieved this year!

[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [2] James Willstrop (ENG) 11-5, 11-8, 11-7

Duncalf Blitzes Brown To Become WISPA Master

England’s Jenny Duncalf justified her top seeding in the Women’s Punj Lloyd WISPA Masters in India by beating second-seeded Australian Kasey Brown in today’s final of the inaugural $36,500 WISPA World Tour squash championship at the Sirifort CWG Block in New Delhi.

Both players had survived hard-fought five-game semi-finals – Duncalf coming through against rising French star Camille Serme and the New South Wales-born Australian stemming a fightback by up-and-coming Hong Kong player Annie Au.

But world No2 Duncalf was in sparkling form in the final against an opponent who beat her in October’s World Open in Egypt, romping through to beat Brown 11-5, 11-5, 11-4.

“I’m extremely happy to have finished 2010 on such a high note by winning the Punj Lloyd Wispa Masters,” Duncalf told Indian media after netting the ninth Tour title of her career.

“It’s been a great tournament and one that I hope to be returning to in 2011. It’s been a tough year so I, and no doubt Kasey, will be looking forward to a relaxing festive period before knuckling down for more challenges ahead in 2011,” added the 28-year-old from Harrogate.

[1] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [2] Kasey Brown (AUS) 11-5, 11-5, 11-4

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