Joel Makin followed-up his specular straight games victory over top seeded Mohamed Elshorbagy with another impressive performance at the Channel VAS Squash Championships before being denied a semi-final place in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour Gold event by sixth seed Diego Elias of Peru.

Elias was the only non-Egyptian to reach the semi-finals as he ended Makin’s giant-killing run.

Makin caused arguably the biggest upset in this tournament’s history when he ended World No.1 and World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy’s title defence in the previous round, and he tested Elias to the limit as he took the opening game.

But Elias attacked well into all four corners off the court and he came from behind to earn his place in the semi-finals courtesy of a 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 victory after 79 minutes of intense squash.

“I knew it was going to be really tough, he beat ElShorbagy, the World No.1, so I knew he was playing really well,” said Elias.

“I had a really good strategy against him. It didn’t work in the first game, but then it started working and he got a bit tired, so I’m happy with the way I played. I knew it was going to be a very long match, so the first thing for me was to be patient.”

2018 Channel VAS Squash Championships

St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club, Weybridge, Surrey, England


[6] Diego Elias (PER) v [3] Tarek Momen (EGY)

[2] Ali Farag (EGY) v [4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)


[6] Diego Elias (PER) bt Joel Makin (WAL) 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 (79m)

[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [5] Paul Coll (NZL) 11-6, 12-10, 11-5 (43m)

[4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [7] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-7, 11-3, 11-8 (39m)

[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (28m)

2nd Round:

Joel Makin (WAL) bt [1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) 12-10, 13-11, 12-10 (61m)

[6] Diego Elias (PER) bt [9/16] Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (40m)

[5] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [9/16] James Willstrop (ENG) 11-7, 12-10, 11-4 (48m)

[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [9/16] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 12-10, 13-11, 12-10 (49m)

[4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [9/16] Greg Lobban (SCO) 3-11, 11-8, 11-8, 15-13 (55m)

[7] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [9/16] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (42m)

Tom Richards (ENG) bt [8] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 10-12, 11-7, 13-11, 11-2 (61m)

[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [9/16] Declan James (ENG) 13-11, 7-11, 11-7, 13-11 (57m)

1st Round:

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bye

Joel Makin (WAL) bt [9/16] Raphael Kandra (GER) 7-11, 11-3, 11-7, 14-12 (64m)

[9/16] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Ben Coleman (ENG) 11-9, 11-2, 9-11, 11-8 (64m)

[6] Diego Elias (PER) bye

[5] Paul Coll (NZL) bye

[9/16] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (32m)

[9/16] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-7, 14-12, 11-6 (50m)

[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bye

[4] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bye

[9/16] Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Charlie Lee (ENG) 11-7, 13-15, 11-5, 11-9 (62m)

[9/16] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 12-10, 5-11, 11-7, 12-14, 11-9 (103m)

[7] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bye

[8] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bye

Tom Richards (ENG) bt [9/16] Borja Golan (ESP) 11-2, 8-11, 11-8, 11-5 (35m)

[9/16] Declan James (ENG) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 9-11, 15-13, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5 (73m)

[2] Ali Farag (EGY)

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