World No. 1 James Willstrop gave a warning he is developing his most significant world title challenge yet as he dispatched one of his friends en route to the quarterfinals here on Tuesday.

The thoughtful Englishman set aside amicable sentiments with a tight professional mindset during a 11-6, 11-7, 11-2 win against Saurav Ghosal, a regular sparring partner at their shared base in Yorkshire and the first Indian ever to make the last 16. Willstrop will face 15th-seeded Borja Golan, the first Spanish player to get so far since Austin Adarraga 20 years ago.

The results: Third round: Borja Golan bt Peter Barker 11-7, 4-11, 11-3, 11-3; Mohamed El Shorbagy bt Cameron Pilley 11-13, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7; James Willstrop bt Saurav Ghosal 11-6, 11-7, 11-2; Karim Darwish bt Daryl Selby 11-9, 13-11, 10-12, 11-9. — AFP

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