• Grasshopper Cup 2016 • 11-17 April • Zurich •  

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 TODAY at the Grasshopper Cup 

Thu 14th Apr, Day FOUR, Round One, Bottom

[5] Cameron Pilley (Aus) 3-2 [Q] Adrian Waller (Eng)
               6/11, 7/11, 11/8, 11/2, 11/6 (70m)

[4] Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy) 3-0 [Q] Alan Clyne (Sco)
               11/8, 11/9, 11/5 (42m)

Grégoire Marche
(Fra) 3-0  [6] James Willstrop (Eng)
               11/8, 11/6, 11/7 (41m)

[2] Simon Rosner (Ger) 3-0 [Q] Paul Coll (Nzl)
               11/8, 11/9, 11/5 (61m)

Pilley survives as Marche takes out Willstrop

It was the turn of the players in the bottom half ofthe draw tonight at the Puls5 Arena in Zurich.

There was just one seeding upset tonight, although in the opening match Cameron Pilley had to foght back from two-nil and then 1-6 down in the fifth before getting past Adrian Waller.

The remaining matches were all over in straight games as Marwan ElShorbagy and Simon Rosner justified their seedings with wins over qualifiers Alan Clyne and Paul Coll, while young Frenchman Gregoire Marche recorded one of his best wins in beating sixth seed James Willstrop.

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Michele Bollhalder

"I think that was tough mentally (to come back from 2-0 down) especially because he beat me last time we played and I wanted to get revenge for that.

"But he played really well in the first two games and I was flat - I had nothing. It was a matter of playing a lot smarter in the third, fourth and fifth and I'm proud of the comeback and I think I finished the match quite strongly.

"It's great to have big crowd here on the first round it is something we really appreciate it so it;'s great to be here and come through."

[5] Cameron Pilley (Aus) 3-2 [Q] Adrian Waller (Eng)
            6/11, 7/11, 11/8, 11/2, 11/6 (70m)

Pilley survives

Fifth seed Cameron made it through to the quarter-finals, but at two games down against qualifier Adrian Waller, and then 1-6 down in the decider, it looked an unlikely win.

The left-handed Englishman was well on top in the first two games, but Pilley found something extra in the third to pull a game back and then dominated the fourth.

It was Waller on top again in the fifth though as he took a 6-1 lead, only to thrown in a number of unforced errors as Pilley stormed back to take ten points in a row and a place in the last eight.

[4] Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy) 3-0 [Q] Alan Clyne (Sco)
             11/8, 11/9, 11/5 (42m)

Marwan keeps Egyptian interest alive

Egyptian number four seed Marwan ElShorbagy moved into the quarter-finals  courtesy of an impressive straight-games victory over tenacious Scotsman Alan Clyne in Zurich today.

In a nip and tuck opening game it was ElShorbagy who edged the crucial points to on the scoreboard first, but he was soon fighting from behind in the second as Clyne attacked and used his rapid court coverage to pressure ElShorbagy and counter at every opportunity.

Down by three points the Egyptian fought back to overturn the momentum and take the second game 11-9.

 From then on it was Elshorbagy who controlled proceedings as he cruised through the third game 11-5 to set up a last eight encounter with Cameron Pilley.

“That second game was very important.

“He played much better than he had in the first and I think I started to lose my length a little. He was putting my under a lot of pressure and I had to work very hard to win it – it could have been a different match if I hadn't come through that one.

“Winning in three is important because it helps me conserve energy for tomorrow. Pilley is a great player and we've only played once a long time ago so I want to make the most of the match tomorrow.

“It's my first time here in Switzerland and Zurich is a great city and all the people are really nice. To have crowds like this form the first round is what we want as players.”

“James has been World No.1 so he is one of the best players out there so I knew it would be tough.

“I’m really happy to beat him for the first time. I had to be accurate with my length and not allow him to volley.

"I don’t think he was 100 per cent but I had to make him work and stay focused until the end and use my speed so I’m very happy with that win.

“I had to take a few weeks out myself to recover from a niggle and I’m happy to be back playing again now and happy that I can move like I did today.”

Grégoire Marche (Fra) 3-0  [6] James Willstrop (Eng)
               11/8, 11/6, 11/7 (41m)

Marche takes out Willstrop

Frenchman Grégoire Marche surged into the quarter-finals courtesy of a straight-games victory over an under par James Willstrop, the English former World #1.

It was evident form early on that Willstrop, who has been battling injury for over a year, was struggling with his movement but Marche, who has himself struggled to achieve full fitness recently, took full advantage as he opened up the court to make life difficult for the Englishman.

The first game was arguably the best of the match as the duo traded points in a series of high class exchanges, but it was Marche who moved ahead from the mid-point stage and from then on Willstrop never truly looked like he would be able to find the killer blow to put Marche away as his movement was exposed time and again.

[2] Simon Rosner (Ger) 3-0 [Q] Paul Coll (Nzl)
               11/8, 11/9, 11/5 (61m)

Rosner through in three

German Simon Rösner, the number two seed and last year's runner-up, stormed into the quarter-finals in the last match of the day as he dismissed New Zealand's Paul Coll 3-0 to set up a quarter-final match with Marche.

Coll kept close score wise right till the end of each game, and made the German work very hard for every single point, but finally, experience made the difference at the end of the first two games, with the third game pretty quick with a few too many tired unforced errors from the New-Zealander.

"I was on my toes all the time because he's a very tough competitor. I knew it would be tough and that's exactly what it was. I'm pleased to come through in three because you never want to get into a fourth or fifth game with him because he never stops.

"I tried to change my tactics a bit today because I think my game is suited to him so I'm very pleased I managed to stick to the plan today.

"I'm in a position where I have to defend a runner-up finish which isn't easy but I think I play better with pressure."

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