Joel Makin Pushes Australian No.1 At UCS Swedish Open

Australian No.1 Cameron Pilley admitted to having to overcome a tough 57-minute examination by Joel Makin before progressing to the quarter-finals of the 2017 UCS Swedish Squash Open in Linköping.

"It was tough out there, Joel picks up a lot of balls that you feel would win the rally two or three times," conceded the sixth seeded Australian. "I had to play some quality straight hitting to keep him from using his speed and using the angles, and I was able to do that for most of the match. He got stuck in there in the third, started to play some really good squash, so I had to knuckle down and try to close it out in three."
 
The tall World No.17 looked to take every possible opportunity to dominate the centre of the court and was clinical as he capitalised on any loose shots from his opponent. Makin built early leads in all three games only to see Pilley’s greater experience allow him to eventually close-out an 11-6 11-6 11-8 victory in the opening round of the Professional Squash Association (PSA) M70 World Tour.
 
Having been held for the first time in the 1970s, the Swedish Squash Open has grown to become one of the biggest International-level tournaments on the PSA World Tour calendar and enters its 14th year under the stewardship of ActiPro Event.
 
2017 UCS Swedish Open 1st Round Results:
[1] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (32m)
[6] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [Q] Joel Makin (WAL) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (57m)
Alan Clyne (SCO) bt [7] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-1: 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 (59m)
[3] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [WC] Rasmus Hult (SWE) 3-1: 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (52m)
[4] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5 (56m)
[8] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 3-1: 13-11, 5-11, 11-2, 11-8 (70m)
[5] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [Q] Declan James (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-9 (39m)
[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [Q] Joe Lee (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (34m)
 
2017 UCS Swedish Open Quarter-Finals:
[1] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v [6] Cameron Pilley (AUS)
Alan Clyne (SCO) v [3] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[4] Simon Rösner (GER) v [8] Daryl Selby (ENG)
[5] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
 
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For more information regarding the 2017 UCS Swedish Squash Open, visit: www.swedishopensquash.se, www.psaworldtour.com & www.squashsite.com
 
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