After finishing a five-game battle against Alan Clyne of Scotland, UNSQUASHABLE Ambassador George Parker showed no signs of slowing down as he dispatched joint-third seed and World number 25 Daryl Selby in three games. The second game saw a comeback from Selby to draw level at 9-all, but George held on to his nerve to close out the game 11-9.
The third game saw George claim a strong lead at 6-2, and throughout the match held onto that lead, despite a few heated arguments with the referee. Match-point was filled with impressive retrievals by both players, but George Parker finished the match with an impressive winner, claiming the first semi-final spot at the National Championships.
James Willstrop claims the second semifinal spot as he claimed a 3-0 win over Declan James. In the second set, James Willstrop set up a strong 10-3 lead and looked set to close out the game, but Declan James saved five game balls before Willstrop could close out the game 11-8. The third set saw Willstrop pull away with a lead after being 3-all at the start, and closed the game to win 11-5 after a total of 43 minutes.
The final match of the day saw Joel Makin claim the last quarterfinal place after a see-saw battle with Alan Clyne of Scotland. The first set went comfortably in Joel’s favour with a quick start off the blocks. Second set saw Clyne with the quicker start, and a comeback from Joel late in the set was not enough to stop him from dropping the set 11-8. The final two sets pushed both players, known for their physicality on court, with Makin coming out on top winning 3-1 in 53 minutes.
James Willstrop and George Parker will now meet each other in the semi-finals tomorrow, while Joel Makin will seek out a revenge match against Englishman Adrian Waller.
Joel Makin uses the UNSQUASHABLE JOEL MAKIN AUTOGRAPH racket which is available exclusively from www.unsquashable.com
James Willstrop uses the UNSQUASHABLE JAMES WILLSTROP AUTOGRAPH racket which is available exclusively from www.unsquashable.com
George Parker uses the UNSQUASHABLE TOUR-TEC REBEL racket which is available exclusively from www.unsquashable.com.