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2: Three Americans Out, Illingworth Still In
by Mike Callaway, Coach
[last update was 5-dec-02 ] All content © 2002 Squashtalk
Wednesday - December 4, 2002
Michael Callaway, Head Coach for the Prince U.S. Junior Men’s Team, reports on day two of the action from the Cements Squash Academy in Chennai, India:
Michael Gilman played British Open Under 17 champion, Safeerullah Khan and lost the first game 9-0 playing too tentatively. However in the second, Mike was far quicker onto the ball and was able to control much of the game, though in the end the Pakistani’s ability to retrieve, and his speed to the frontcourt, forced Gilman into unforced errors.
In the third, a tiring Gilman was not able to keep up the quality of play and made too many errors to keep the pressure on the young Pakistani.
Illingworth playing his first match of the tournament looking
slightly nervous in the first few rallies, but he quickly settled into
waiting for his opponent, Jethro Binns of Wales, to
play the lose shot - generally on his backhand - which Julian either
won with an easy winner or a stroke.
In the third, the Welsh player had no answer to Illingworth’s shot making ability and became increasingly frustrated with his poor width and length, which failed to put pressure on his opponent. Illingworth now faces the much tougher prospect of Moustafa Essam, the number three seed from Egypt.
Christopher Gordon, looking to become the second American into the third round, was hampered by an ankle injury midway through the first game against his Hungarian opponent, Mark Krajesak.
This completely rattled the young American into trying to shoot his way out of trouble, but unfortunately the Hungarian was too good of a retriever and was able to pick up Gordon’s short shots, which the immobile American was unable to cover. The team hopes that the in jury is minor and that Gordon will be fit to play in the team event.
Chirls, playing the ‘tall player from Hong Kong’,
led in both of the first two games but was unable to capitalize on his
leads, eventually allowing his opponent back into the game with unforced
errors or poor shot selections.