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Gaultier and Willstrop set for Bellevue rematch

Gaultier and Willstrop set for Bellevue rematch

Gaultier and Willstrop set for Bellevue rematch

Current World No.1 Gregory Gaultier is seeded to meet former World No.1 James Willstrop in the semi-final stage of next month’s PMI Bellevue Squash Classic in a repeat of their 2015 World Championship semi-final in Bellevue.

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sh37181With a share of the $150,000 prize fund up for grabs, the PMI Bellevue Squash Classic is the most lucrative 16-man main drawn squash tournament of all time and will see Gaultier and Willstrop battle for honours  at the Boys and Girls Club Hidden Valley Field House in Bellevue, Washington.

Bellevue became the first city ever in the United States to hold the PSA Men’s World Championship when it staged the iconic tournament in November 2015 and Gaultier – who captured that title – has been the in-form man on the PSA World Tour in 2017, claiming four Tour titles and losing just once.

The Frenchman is currently the oldest World No.1 of all time and, while he will lose top spot to World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad in next month’s rankings, the 34-year-old will look to continue his stunning form when he takes on a qualifier in round one in Bellevue.

sh37182Willstrop, meanwhile, begins his tournament against Hong Kong’s World No.16 Max Lee, while the other half of the draw boasts the Egyptian trio of three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour, World No.5 Marwan ElShorbagy and World No.6 Ali Farag.

Ashour and ElShorbagy both kickstart their tournaments against qualifiers and are seeded to face each other in the quarter-finals, with the winner of that fixture set to face Farag for a place in the final if the 24-year-old plays to his seeding.

Tournament wildcard and United States No.5 Dylan Cunningham will take on Farag in round one.

The qualifying competition will take place on 14th and 15th May at the PRO Sports Club – which also staged the qualifying and early rounds for the 2015 World Championship – while the main draw will be held between 16th and 20th May.

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