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Anjema stuns Golan to reach last four in Shanghai

Dutch ace LJ wins 80-minute battle against Borja
By Squash Mad Reporter

LJ Anjema on the attack against Borja Golan

Dutch World No.15 Laurens Jan Anjema pulled off the upset of the tournament so far to knock out World No.6 Borja Golan in the quarter-finals of the 2014 China Open – Squash Stars on The Bund, PSA International 70 event in Shanghai, China.

The 31-year-old twice came from behind against the Spanish national champion to take the game into a decider that was only settled after 80-minutes in the all-glass show court on the 11th floor of the Shanghai Peninsula, with its spectacular views over the city’s famous Bund.

The pairing had been set to meet in the first round of last week’s Hong Kong Squash Open, PSA World Series event, but Anjema withdrew from the contest due to injury and he made amends for that with an impressive and rugged performance which earned him a semi-final spot against England’s Peter Barker, after the World No.8 eased past Egyptian challenger karim Abdel Gawad.

Number one seed James Willstrop remains on course to win his first PSA World Tour title since the 2013 Canary Wharf Classic after seeing off Marwan Elshorbagy 3-1 in what was a difficult encounter for the World No.7, with little separating the players, while Egyptian Omar Mossad booked his place to face Willstrop with an impressive 3-1 win over World No.10 Daryl Selby.

2014 China Open – Squash Stars On The Bund: Quarter-final Results:

[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [7] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) 3-1: 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-3 (50m)
[5] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [4] Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-1: 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (87m)
[3] Peter Barker (ENG) bt [8] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-2 (34m)
[6] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt [2] Borja Golan (ESP) 3-2: 7-11, 11-1, 10-12, 11-9, 11-1 (80m)

2014 China Open – Squash Stars On The Bund: Semi-final Draw:
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) v [5] Omar Mosaad
[3] Peter Barker (ENG) v [6] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED)
results (winner’s name most be in bold! – no spaces between each result as well – keeps compact)

Picture by Steve Cubbins (SquashSite)


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