Sport in Short: Squash

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PHIL WHITLOCK, who ignored the boycott to became national champion 10 days ago and reached the quarter-finals of the Canadian Open yesterday by beating one of the boycotters, John Ransome, has been ostracised and denied practice partners by fellow English players on the world circuit. Whitlock, Tony Hands (a leader of one of the groups which hope to form a professional players' association) and other players are expected to meet officials from the Squash Rackets Association in London on 10 February. The outcome is likely to decide whether the boycott will prevent England sending proper teams to the world and European championships.

CANADIAN OPEN (Calgary) Second round: D Webb (Eng) bt P Gregory (Eng) 15-6 6-15 15-13 15-13; S Meads (Eng) bt M Carlyon (Aus) 16-17 9-15 15-8 15-8 17-14; Zubair Jahan Khan (Pak) bt T Nancarrow (Aus) 15-5 15-6 15-5; T Hands (Eng) bt P Steel (NZ) 15-9 9-15 15-5 15-11; J Bonetat (Fr) bt S Butt (Can) 15-7 15-1 15-10; P Whitlock (Eng) bt J Ransome (Eng) 15-11 15-7 15-10; D Meddings (Eng) bt J Power (Can) 15-11 9-15 15-10 15-4; B Martin (Aus) bt M Cairns (Eng) 15-6 15-13 15-11.