James Willstrop -18- (ENG) def Youssef Ibrahim -43- (EGY)
Round-2 Score: 11-7, 11-8, 11-4 (24m)
Match recap from Squash Announcer Andy Taylor, Voice of the 2019 PSA Mens World Championship.
Youssef Ibrahim was not 100% for his first meeting with legend James Willstrop.
In Round-1, the 20-year-old injured his ankle at 9-all in the 5th-game versus this year’s 16-seed Daryl Selby. After an extended medical time-out, Ibrahim won two quick points and earned victory on one leg.
Hobbled against Willstrop, Youssef simply didn’t have the mobility to truly compete against the 2010 World Championship Finalist.
Announcer Corner | Player Introductions
James Willstrop -18- (ENG)
This 36-year-old requires no introduction. One of the most gifted shot-makers in the history of the sport, he was a Finalist at the 2010 PSA World Championship…and has reached the Semifinals in 6 of his 16 career World Championship appearances. He’s a Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist, owns 8 PSA Platinum titles, has reached 19 Platinum Finals, and held the World #1 Ranking for 11-months. Last season, he captured his 20th career PSA title at the London Open, won his 3rd British National Championship, and capped his 20th season on Tour by reaching his 45th career Final. Back in Doha – where he captured his second Platinum title, defeating David Palmer at the 2005 Qatar Classic – From England, he is the Marksman…James Willstrop.
► During his last World Championship appearance in Doha (2012), James reached his 5th of 6 career World Championship Semifinals.
► Now in his 21st-season on Tour, he has been ranked inside the top-10 for astounding 10-years and 8-months.
► This was his 47th match in Qatar
▲ R1 — def George Parker -42- (ENG) | Score: 11-4, 11-5, 12-10 (44m) | RECAP
Youssef Ibrahim -43- (EGY)
This Egyptian Southpaw is just 20-years-old, and has taken the PSA World Tour by storm. Last year, he went on a 21-match win streak, capturing 4 consecutive titles between September and November. Of the 13 events he played last season, he won the title at 6 of them – and jumped from World #215 at the start of the season, to World #59 by season’s end. And this year, he’s picked up right where he left off. In his first event – the South Africa Open – he captured his 9th PSA title, defeating Lucas Serme in the Final, earning a guaranteed spot in this year’s World Championship draw. Competing in his 3rd PSA World Championship, and back in Doha with a career-high ranking of World #43. From Egypt, this is Youssef Ibrahim.
► Injured his ankle at 9-all in the 5th game of his 1st-Round match with Daryl Selby. After an extended medical timeout, he won two quick points to reach Round-2.
► Youssef made his World Championship debut as a 17-year-old Wild Card in Cairo 3-years-ago. He fell to Gregoire Marche in Round-1. Since then, he’s enrolled at Princeton University and has been on an absolute tear on Tour.
► Made his Doha debut back in July at the QSF Open, where he fell to Leo Au in the Semifinals.
▲ R1 — def  Daryl Selby -20- (ENG) | Score: 11-5, 10-12, 11-5, 11-13, 11-9 (107m) | RECAP