Squash World Championships: Willstrop and Matthew into last eight
England's James Willstrop and Nick Matthew each progressed to the quarter-finals of the World Championships with straight games victories on Tuesday.
World number one Willstrop beat India's Saurav Ghosal 11-6 11-7 11-2 and now faces 15th seed Borja Golan of Spain.
Then Matthew, the holder of the title, defeated 13th seeded Tarek Momen 11-8 11-9 13-11.
He will play Amr Shabana, the four-time former world champion from Egypt, in the last eight in Doha.
“We were both hitting an attacking length, and it was focused and punishing. I feel very good”
Matthew fought back from 0-6 down in the second game against Momen, and then won critical video review penalty point decisions when he was 8-6 and 9-7 up in the third.
Earlier Leeds-based Willstrop had shown he was adapting to the demands of an unusually testing cool court by producing a consistently immaculate length, subtle disguises and variations of pace against Ghosal, a regular sparring partner at their shared Yorkshire base.
Apart from a brief spell in the middle of the second game, when Ghosal sneaked into a 6-5 lead, Willstrop controlled the match.
PSA world rankings
1. James Willstrop (Eng)
2. Nick Matthew (Eng)
3. Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
4. Ramy Ashour (Egy)
5. Peter Barker (Eng)
"When you go on court each day with each other and spend a lot of your lives together, it's slightly difficult, but a lot of players have to get used to that - it's part of the togetherness the tour brings," the 29-year-old said afterwards.
"I felt I played really well. There was a lot of stuff going through to the back, but we were both hitting an attacking length, and it was focused and punishing. I feel very good."
His next opponent, Golan, overcame English sixth seed Peter Barker 11-7 4-11 11-3 11-3. Willstrop has faced Golan 10 times and won his last five matches against the Spaniard.
Another Englishmen, the 11th seed Daryl Selby, was beaten 3-1 by fourth seed Karim Darwish, the Egyptian prevailing 11-9 13-11 10-12 11-9.
Guernsey's Chris Simpson also bowed out. France's Gregory Gaultier, the number three seed, beat him 11-7 11-6 11-4.