Ghosal delights, Ramy returns, Willstrop on track …
Day two of the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters in Delhi saw a series of quick opening matches as Alister Walker, Peter Barker, Simon Rosner and Daryl Selby all eased through to the last sixteen in straight games.
Walker’s opponent, Scotsman Alan Clyne, complained on twitter of suffering from ‘Delhi belly’, as the Botswanan went through to a possible meeting with the in-form James Willstrop, who will become world number one if he wins the tournament.
The evening session started with a popular home win for the recently re-crowned Indian National champion Saurav Ghosal, who edged a tight first game before dominating the next two against the sole American in the draw, Julian Illingworth.
All eyes were then on top seed Ramy Ashour as he started off his campaign, returning to action after limping out of the World Open some two months ago, and he looked a little sluggish in the opening game against Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan. In the next three games though he showed the brilliant shotmaking that is his trademark, winning convincingly in the end.
Willstrop set up that meeting with Walker, coming through strongly after dropping the first game to Swiss Nicolas Mueller.
The first round concluded with Australia’s Cameron Pilley getting the better of Jon Kemp in a rapid-fire exchange, and he now meets Ashour in the last sixteen.
Round One, bottom half:
 James Willstrop (Eng) bt Nicolas Mueller (Sui) 8/11, 11/7, 11/5, 11/5
Alister Walker (Bot) bt Alan Clyne (Sco) 11/5, 11/6, 11/5 (28m)
Simon Rosner (Ger) bt Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy) 11/7, 11/6, 11/4 (39m)
 Daryl Selby (Eng) bt Mohammed Abbas (Egy) 11/4, 11/5, 11/9
 Peter Barker (Eng) bt Olli Tuominen (Fin) 11/5, 11/4, 11/1 (25m)
Saurav Ghosal (Ind) bt Julian Illingworth (Usa) 12/10, 11/4, 11/2
Cameron Pilley (Aus) bt Jonathan Kemp (Eng) 11/5, 9/11, 11/4, 13/11
 Ramy Ashour (Egy) bt Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) 9/11, 11/3, 11/4, 11/9