Simpson wants to build on great start
Tuesday 17th September 2013, 1:00PM BST.
CHRIS SIMPSON is determined to build on what he describes as ‘a great start’ to his season.
The Guernseyman reached the last four at the CIMB Malaysian Open at the weekend, beating two higher-ranked opponents to do so and pushing the eventual runner-up all the way to five games in the semi-final.
His performance in Kuala Lumpur exceeded Simpson’s own expectations as he admitted that when he was drawn against top seed Karim Darwish, the current world No. 5 and former No. 1, in the first round, he booked a flight home for immediately after that match.
After his endeavours in Malaysia, Simpson, now 26, is set to rise up the world rankings from his current position of 25th when the updated list is released at the start of next month.
Before then, though, he will feature in the European Club Championships in Riccione, Italy, this week when he will turn out for German outfit Paderborner Squash Club.
Meanwhile, the draw for next month’s US Open, the first PSA World Series event of the season, has not been kind to Simpson as he will face second seed and world No. 3 James Willstrop in the first round in Philadelphia.
The Guernseyman also has a tough draw in the World Championship that follows at the end of October in Manchester where he will face ninth seed Borja Golan of Spain in the first round.