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Best two in title showdown

The best of those who showed up for the PSA Masters in New Delhi will battle it out for the title, as World No 2 James Willstrop and World No 3 Gregory Gaultier made it to the final on Saturday. Anamika Nandedkar reports.

other Updated: Dec 17, 2011 22:48 IST
Anamika Nandedkar

The best of those who showed up for the PSA Masters in New Delhi will battle it out for the title, as World No 2 James Willstrop and World No 3 Gregory Gaultier made it to the final on Saturday.

Willstrop comfortably defeated compatriot from England Peter Barker 11-4, 11-3, 11-3, but Frenchman Gaultier had to work hard for his ticket to the summit clash. He was tested by Egyptian giant-killer Mohamed El Shorbagy 12-10, 11-7, 11-1.

Shorbagy, who has enjoyed an incredible run in the tournament at the Siri Fort Complex, lost but not before providing ample entertainment to the weekend crowd. He gave a tough competition to his rival but could not keep up with the pace of the match.

He challenged many of the referee's decisions and his animated reactions each time had the spectators in fits.

"This is the last tournament in the world series this year and I obviously want to end it with a title," Gaultier said after the match. "I have spent the early part of this year recovering from an injury and it's just recently that I have come back into form."

The final on Sunday promises to be a cracker of a contest, with both players currently doing well on the tour.

They have a 7-7 head-to-head record. The last time the two faced each other, in August during the Australian Open, Gaultier had gotten the better of Willstrop.