Joel Makin underlines potential in Qatar Classic with quarter-final showing

Joel Makin produced another impressive quarter-final performance at the Qatar Squash Classic to extend Tarek Momen 51 minutes before eventually succumbing to the third seed and World No.4 in four games which ended his specular run in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour Platinum event.

Momen was forced to produce some of his best squash to halt the giant-killing run of the Welsh World No.33 Joel Makin, finding himself one-game down as Makin replicated the kind of squash that powered him to victories over World No.6 Miguel Angel Rodriguez and former World No.6 Mathieu Castagnet in the previous round. The Cairo-based player however eventually managed to turn the match around and come through after 51-thrilling minutes.

“Joel is a machine - he’s spent so much time on court this week and I didn’t think he’d be able to back up so much,” said Momen.  “He really exceeded my expectations and I had to pull out my best to win today. I am just really glad to be through and that it didn’t go to five because I know I need to recover well and be ready for the match against Ali tomorrow. Ali and I have played a few times this year so I know what to expect. He’s a good friend as well so we’ll just give it our best and the best man will win.”

Results - 2018 Qatar Classic: Quarter-Finals
[8] Diego Elias (PER) bt [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-2: 11-8, 11-13, 13-11, 10-12, 11-7 (76m)
[4] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [7] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-1: 8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 12-10 (63m)
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Joel Makin (WAL) 3-1: 8-11, 11-6, 14-12, 11-6 (51m)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 (45m)

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