Hong Kong Open 2015 - 4 th Dec - Quarters

Hong Kong Open 2015 - 4 th Dec - Quarters

Published on Sunday, December 6, 2015

Hong Kong Open 2015 - 4 th Dec - Quarters

 

4 th Dec - Quarters

Cameron Pilley (Aus)
bt
Grégory Gaultier

11-9, 12-10, 12-10 (43m)


 

Pilley played superbly to beat Gaultier for the first time in fourteen PSA matches.
 
 The Frenchman led for all of the first game, from 6-9 Pilley took five points in a row to take the lead. Pilley led throughout the second, but this time Gaultier saved two game balls before Pilley doubled his advantage 12-10, and then pulled away at the end of the third to earn three match balls at 10-7.
 
 Gaultier saved each of those and urged the crowd to support him with a big fistpump, but again it was in vain as on his fourth match ball Pilley drove the ball too deep for Gaultier to receive.
 
 Pilley's celebrations were muted but Gaultier, as if celebrating the end of a long season, comically threw away his racket and collapsed onto the floor.
 
 "That's one win against him - ever - I'll take that," said Pilley.
 
 "I'm trying to just keep myself cool, calm and collected when I'm playing squash these days, and it seems to make me play much better," added Pilley.
 
 "It's taken me fourteen years to realise that."
 
 Pilley's only problem is that, once again, his morning golf appointment golf has to be cancelled.
 
 "With any luck he'll be playing golf on Sunday," said Matthew.

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