Willstrop Stuns London Crowd With Latest Tour Triumph
19 Mar 2008
Prince squash star James Willstrop made his mark as the world's most successful player this year to date when he clinched the ISS Canary Wharf Classic crown before a packed auditorium in London - remarkably claiming his sixth major title win in his seventh successive final appearance!
Despite arriving on the world senior stage as England's most successful junior of all time, and rapidly rising up the world rankings to reach No2 just three years after winning the world junior title, Willstrop has enjoyed the most consistent run of his career since joining Prince last year and adopting the brand's revolutionary O3 racquet technology,
Within weeks of picking up the Prince O3 Black racquet in August, the England number one won the Prince English Grand Prix in Birmingham, then the Mamut English Open in Sheffield, and also reached the final of the US Open in New York.
After leading England to a successful defence of the World Team Championship title in India in December, Willstrop switched to the new O3 Speedport Black racquet - the latest advance in the brand's revolutionary new O3 technology - at the turn of the New Year.
He immediately progressed beyond his seeding to reach the final of the prestigious Tournament of Champions in New York in January, before heading back to Europe where he lifted the Case Swedish Open crown the following month.
It was also in February that Willstrop fought through a world-class field at the National Squash Centre in Manchester to win his second British National Championship title - becoming only the second player in history to retain the men's title.
But the tireless 24-year-old maintained his winning ways this month - securing the third PSA Super Series crown of his career at the Davenport Professional Championship in Virginia, USA, then following his victory in the inaugural Players Club in Boston by racing back to the UK to wipe out a 5-star field at the Canary Wharf Classic in the heart of London's Docklands.
In summary, since signing to Prince, Willstrop has played in 11 PSA Tour ranking events - of which he has won five; reached the final in seven, and made at least the quarter-finals in ALL 11! His record since switching to Speedport this year is even more stunning: Played five; reached the final in five; won four!
"I am extremely excited to see the progress James has made in the last few months since becoming a Prince player and whilst using the O3 technology," said Prince Global Tour Manager Peter Nicol. "His form is outstanding but more importantly his game has improved which will see him compete for the highest honours consistently over the coming few years."