There was no revenge for James Willstrop as he ended up the runner-up in the final of the PSA Squash Masters at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here on Sunday. His nemesis, compatriot Nick Matthew, gave him no chances and repeated his earlier performance from the Delhi Commonwealth Games, where he had beaten Willstrop to the gold.
In a match that lasted 46 minutes, Matthew kept a cool head, winning 11-7, 11-8, 11-7. His opponent, on the other hand, let out his frustration, even flinging the racquet once during the second game, a move that earned him a caution from the referee.
Matthew, who capped a very successful year with the win here, will now take over as the world No.1, when the PSA rankings come out in the first week of January. "I am so pleased that it was a repeat of the last game against him (Willstrop)," Matthew said. "It's never easy against him, there's only a difference of two-three points in every game.
"I think James got slightly ruffled," the champion said. "It's very important to win the first game because the target seems that much farther if you lose it. I played a psychological game tonight and succeeded," a beaming Matthew said.
It was Matthew's 17th win in 25 matches against Willstrop and he hasn't lost to Willstrop since December 2007. If Matthew keeps his current form up, it might take some more time. "I'll have to keep improving now that I am at the top. The other players are always looking to get you and exploit your weaknesses," he explained.
In the women's final, world No.2 Jenny Duncalf defeated Australia's Kasey Brown 11-5, 11-5, 11-4 in just 35 minutes. Brown was kept running and chasing around the court, and she looked slightly wobbly.