|Favourite Willstrop Makes Rapid Start In Richmond|
|dinsdag 21 februari 2012 13:34|
Mueller is a hugely talented prospect, but the Englishman imposed his own style on the game to win 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 in 38 minutes.
"Nic is already a very dangerous and although it's nice to get off court quickly in the early rounds I am just happy with the win," said Willstrop, the world No2 from Leeds. "He is already giving top ten players a difficult time, so winning quickly against him was simply a bonus."
Willstrop now meets French veteran Thierry Lincou in the second round. Lincou played the fall guy as he met wild card Patrick Chifunda, the club-based Zambian coach who attracted a full-house gallery to the Westwood Club.
The crowd cheered their local hero to the rafters as he dived around the court and every winner earned a raucous standing ovation.
Lincou sportingly engineered an entertaining straight games victory, allowing Chifunda to go tantalisingly close in the third game before he clinched victory 11-3, 11-3, 11-8.
Seeds Gregory Gaultier, Amr Shabana and Mohd Azlan Iskandar all marched forward with straight games victories - but there was a major shock when world No11 Hisham Mohamed Ashour collapsed to England's Adrian Grant.
The left-handed Londoner played fast, direct squash and moved superbly to work his Egyptian opponent out of position to win 11-7, 11-6, 11-3 in 30 minutes.
Grant now meets fellow left-hander Shabana and he admitted: "My target for this year is to get back up to the world top ten. My body is still holding up well and I felt good on court tonight."
Cairo qualifier Karim Abdel Gawad made up for the Egyptian disappointment by claiming an unexpected second round place after upsetting Australia's Ryan Cuskelly 11-8, 11-9, 11-9.
Gawad, the 20-year-old world No42, now lines up against eighth seed Iskandar, ranked 32 places higher.
RESULTS: PSA World Series Davenport North American Open, Richmond, Virginia, USA
1st round (top half of draw):
Remaining 1st round matches: