Joel Makin defeated reigning British Open Champion and 5th seed Miguel Angel Rodriguez of Columbia 11-4 6-11 11-7 10-12 11-9 in 106 minutes to reach the 3rd round the 2018 Qatar Squash Classic being staged at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha.

Makin pulled off one of the biggest wins of his career last week at the Channel Vas Championship and proved that result was no fluke as he out-hustled and out-played the tenacious Rodriguez, winner of the 2018 British Open, to secure his place in the third round of a major PSA event for just the second time in his career courtesy of an 11-4, 6-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9 triumph.

He will now got up against Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet for a place in the quarter-finals of the tournament and the rising star says he is hungry to capitalise on the opportunity and go one step further than his round of sixteen finish at the U.S. Open earlier this month.

“My first round match yesterday was tough but I felt like I got the win last week (over ElShorbagy) out of my system in that match and felt like I played much better today," said Makin.

"I knew I had to be so patient today because if you open the court up too soon against Miguel he has such quick reactions and can hurt you from anywhere.

"I was just trying to slow the ball down and take the pace out of the game. I had to be disciplined, and maybe it was a bit boring at the end, but it was all about controlling the pace when I wanted it, not when he decided it.

"I feel like I’m getting good wins and getting close to reaching the latter stages of tournaments at the moment. Today was a big ranking win for me and one that could mean me going into the last eight, so I will do what I can to try and make that happen in a few days because I want to be competing day in day out with the top guys."

Results – 2018 Qatar Classic: Second Round – Bottom Half

[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-7 (27m)

James Willstrop (ENG) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-1: 11-6, 4-11, 11-8, 11-9 (48m)

Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-0: 16-14, 11-2, 11-8 (48m)

Joel Makin (WAL) bt [5] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-2: 11-4, 6-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9 (106m)

[6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-2: 9-11, 11-13, 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (61m)

Declan James (ENG) bt Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-4 (35m)

Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Leo Au (HKG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-5 (29m)

[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-2: 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 (68m)

Draw – 2018 Qatar Classic: Third Round

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Adrian Waller (ENG)

Mazen Hesham (EGY) v [8] Diego Elias (PER)

[7] Paul Coll (NZL) v Borja Golan (ESP)

Tom Richards (ENG) v [4] Simon Rösner (GER)

[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) v James Willstrop (ENG)

Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v Joel Makin (WAL)

[6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Declan James (ENG)

Saurav Ghosal (IND) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY)

The rising Welsh squash star will play Mathieu Castagnet of France for a place in the quarter-finals of the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour Platinum event.

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