Top seeds prevail on day one of the AJ Bell England Squash Championships
Top seeds James Willstrop and Sarah-Jane Perry got their campaigns off to a winning start yesterday at the AJ Bell England Squash Championships in Manchester following straight games victories.
Commonwealth Games gold medalist James Willstrop  took control of Group A, downing 2018 World University champion Josh Masters in three: 11-5, 11-4, 11-4.
Meanwhile, British National champion Sarah-Jane Perry  dispatched tournament wildcard Lucy Beecroft in straight games (11-9, 11-5, 11-5). But it was England No.4 Julianne Courtice who finished top of Goup A with a convincing 3-0 victory over Anna Kimberley, prevailing 11-3, 11-2, 11-2.
Three-time English Junior champion Charlie Lee produced the biggest upset of the day, edging past 3/4 seed Tom Richards - the World No.34 - in a riveting four-game battle: 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6.
Elsewhere in the men’s tournament, Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Declan James  and 2020 England Squash Challenge champion George Parker [3/4] justified their seeding by soaring to the top of Groups B and D respectively.
In Group B of the women’s, British National runner-up, Jasmine Hutton overcame Kace Bartley in straight games (11-7, 11-6, 11-7) to top the group, whilst second seed Millie Tomlinson - the World No.27 - battled to a 3-1 victory over Alicia Mead: 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7.