England’s James Willstrop made it a hat-trick of World Series event victories as he came from a game down to beat Frenchman Gregory Gaultier in the final of the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters in New Delhi, India.
What a first game it was though, 57 minutes of tense, often brutal play with rarely more than a point between the pair of them even before the extended extra points, but it was Gaultier who finally took the lead after almost an hour.
Willstrop, undeterred, made the better start in the second, and as he took the final point to level the match 11/8 Gaultier looked to be the one suffering physically.
So, not only does James Willstrop make it an unprecedented 15 matches and three major titles in a row – after victories in Hong Kong and Kuwait – he will also be the new world number one on 1st Jan 2012, taking over from fellow Yorkshireman Nick Matthew, who had to sit this tournament out through injury.
No wonder James – who coincidentally won the world junior title in India – commented “it’s been an amazing day for me …”
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